Landscape Architecture Australia

Bilya Marlee UDLA


Aboriginal Nation

Whadjuk Nyoongar


Crawley, Western Australia


University of Western Australia

Jury comment

The cultural narrative “a place of learning by the river” is an articulati­on of the beauty and balance found within this landscape, providing a forum for further learning as well as an example of what can be discovered if we allow ourselves to be a part of the landscape. By balancing the value of the building and the landscape, the developmen­t of Bilya Marlee – the University of Western Australia’s new School of Indigenous Studies – has followed an Indigenous method of design. The marri and jarrah trees, which predate the campus, are considered a family and the removal or damage of any family members was not considered viable; this led to an authentic “landscapef­irst” approach. With the landscape flowing into the form of the building, and the site oriented to physically and visually connect to the river, this project feels at home here.

Design practice UDLA Collaborat­or School of Indigenous Studies

(University of Western Australia) Cultural advisor Richard Walley Architect Kerry Hill Architects Arborist The Arbor Centre

Lighting consultant Best Civil and structural engineer Pritchard Francis Irrigation consultant Hydroplan Project manager Turner

and Townsend Photograph­er Yvonne Doherty

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