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New MSE Building

In March 2015 the School moved into the stunning new Materials Science and Engineering Building at UNSW.  At a cost to the University of $143 million, this exciting new space will take the School well into the future and is a clear sign of the commitment of UNSW Australia to the future growth of Materials Science and Engineering.

A key feature of the new building design is the flexibility of modular spaces that allows laboratories to be adapted to changing research and teaching paradigms. There are also several open, and highly flexible, areas located throughout the building to serve as, for example, collaborative spaces for teaching and learning, exhibition space for students to present their research findings or areas for networking during research conferences and similar forays.

This state-of-the-art purpose-built facility was designed by Grimshaw Partners, Architects, with significant input from HDR, who were contracted to facilitate the design of laboratory spaces. Planning meetings were held between the architects, HDR and stakeholders from the School to develop detailed designs for the parts of the building dedicated to experimental research and teaching.  The building construction contract was won by Brookfield Multiplex.

Multiple awards have been won for the design and construction of this building:

  • Award - Educational Architecture, Australian Institute of Architects' 2016 NSW Architecture Awards
  • National Commendation - Educational Architecture, Australian Institute of Architects' 2016 National Architecture Awards
  • Winner - Tertiary Buildings (over $50m), Master Builders NSw Excellence in Construction Awards 2016

Our undergraduate students are thrilled to be studying in this vibrant new learning space:

"The opening of the doors to the new MSE building signifies the opening of the doors to a plethora of new opportunities for the students. With the state-of-the-art facilities, the possibilities of what can be achieved are stacked as high as (if not higher) than the building itself.”  Gagan Jalandhra
"I think that the number of students enrolling into materials increases every year, so with the arrival of the new building, it accommodates this growing faculty and it gives an exciting new space for students to interact more and to build up a stronger student community."   Jacqueline Mach
"This is not only a new chapter for our School of Material Science and Engineering, but also a new chapter in my education. Moving into the new, state-of-the-art building will be opening doors to a flourishing, elevated future in my degree.”   Lara Nouri