Alumni Award for Regional Leadership

2018 Recipient - Mr Bernard Collins, Bachelor of Architecture 1981, Bachelor of Design (Architecture) 1978

Barney Collins is an award-winning architect who has shaped the Newcastle landscape. His landmark projects include The University of Newcastle’s NeW Space and the Newcastle Memorial Walk. These structures brought home four awards at 2018's Australian Institute of Architecture Newcastle Awards and the 2016 National Award for Engineering Excellence at the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards, respectively.

Along with his work on NeW Space, which quickly sparked the remaking of the physical and cultural heart of Newcastle, Barney wrote the conservation management plan for University House, on the corner of Auckland and King Street. NeW Space has given Newcastle a focal point and has become a great gathering space, allowing the University to add to the life of inner city Newcastle.

In 1989, Barney headed the team that restored Newcastle Christchurch Cathedral, bringing his inner-city redevelopment and religious building design expertise to the repair and restoration of the earthquake-damaged building. Barney has been Director at EJE Architecture since 1987.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.