A significant step towards increasing Indigenous participation and success in higher education

University of Technology Sydney – National First Nations Centre

The University of Technology Sydney’s (UTS) National First Nations College (NFNC), built on Gadigal land, will embody architectural and design excellence and promote caring for Country – the complex interconnectedness between Indigenous people, the natural environment and the spiritual world. As well as being home to students, the building will showcase contemporary Indigenous art, film, performance and storytelling, and strongly acknowledge Traditional Custodians and local communities.
The College aims to create an environment where students – Indigenous and non-Indigenous – can thrive and celebrate Indigenous identity and culture, while setting a new benchmark for excellence in Indigenous education and research
Professor Quiggin - UTS Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Leadership and Engagement) 
The UTS National First Nations College is designed around the principle of a ‘community of communities’, seeking to embed not displace, by unlocking opportunities within both the existing community and First Nations students from across Australia
Barrington Gohns, Principal, Warren and Mahoney
This significant project exemplifies the power of co-design to inform authentic and sustainable outcomes. Our proposed design expresses Indigenous culture through its form and function, and supports a new generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island leaders to build culture, community and pride.
Simon Topliss, Principal, Warren and Mahoney

Collective Effort

Collective Effort

Barrington Gohns
Head of Design, Principal
Simon Topliss
James Morgan
Associate Principal
Andy Le