To celebrate and publicly recognise the enduring relationships between the University of Newcastle and its alumni community, the University will create Alumni House.
Alumni House will be a space dedicated to fostering the pride and nostalgia that alumni feel for the University, giving them a sense of belonging and enabling them to give back with impact by offering their time and expertise to the next generation of graduates.
The University is immensely proud of our alumni and the profound impact they continue to have across the globe. Alumni House recognises the University’s mutual lifelong commitment to alumni, celebrates their achievements, enables physical and virtual collaboration, and welcomes them for professional and social networking, empowering them to thrive in their chosen fields.
Alumni House will be located on the former TPI House site (now vacant land) at 231 King Street, Newcastle. The cost to bring this project to fruition is estimated at $15 million. The University of Newcastle has committed a cornerstone investment of $5 million, as well as the site at 231 King Street, towards this project.
It is our aspiration to raise a minimum of $10 million in philanthropic support for the project over the next two years.
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Alumni House will provide the first-ever space on our campuses expressly designed for connecting with our alumni community. The purpose-built space will provide a ‘front door’ to the University, providing a warm and welcoming home for our alumni returning to campus and, through our alumni, we will also welcome our wider community into the University.
- Conference, exhibition and event space
- Mentoring spaces
- Hot desk facilities
- Shared informal workspaces
- Virtual technology-capable spaces
- Bookable board and meeting rooms
- Catering kitchen
- Lounge for informal gatherings
- Virtual and physical engagement with our global alumni
- Alumni to student engagement; for example: mentoring, recruitment services and career development opportunities
- Pop-up/drop-in business opportunities
- Alumni celebrations
- Alumni networks and chapter meetings and events
- Professional development events for alumni and students
- Networking events and opportunities
- Hosting of private events
- Community lectures and gatherings
- Performances and exhibitions
The University of Newcastle pursues the exceptional and strives for innovation, including in our operating environment. We imagine campus places and spaces that meet both excellence in design and environmental sustainability.
Putting these values into action, the University has launched an architectural design competition and invited leading architectural firms to participate in helping us fulfil the vision for Alumni House. Importantly, these firms must have University of Newcastle alumni representation in the team that participates in the design competition.
Alumni House Design Competition Finalists
We received a terrific response from our architecture community with 32 submissions received for Stage One of the competition and over 70 alumni represented in the design teams.
These submissions have now been considered by the jury which has selected four finalists to progress to Stage Two of the competition. The jury is comprised of architects, built environment professionals and University of Newcastle and alumni representatives.
Your four finalists are:
- Candalepas Associates + David Boyle Architect
- Durbach Block Jaggers
- Sam Crawford Architects + Curious Practice
- Tonkin Zulaikha Greer
These finalists will now prepare designs for the jury’s consideration with the winning design announced in late May 2021.
Alumni House will celebrate and publicly recognise the enduring relationships between the University of Newcastle, its alumni and the people of Newcastle. It will be a front door to the University in the Newcastle CBD for our 150,000-strong global alumni community, enabling lifelong connections for alumni, new graduates and the broader University community.
We are now seeking financial support for the remaining $10 million needed to complete the project.
The University has been entrusted with donations from alumni and our communities for more than 50 years. The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic downturn has negatively impacted many in business and industry, including the higher education sector. The University is not immune from this impact, operating in an extremely challenging environment.
Only by our alumni and local community joining together to support the Alumni House campaign will we be able to bring this project to fruition.
For further information on Alumni House please contact Kade Hinds.
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.