The University of Queensland is on track to build a new 11-storey engineering education and research hub thanks to a sizeable donation.
Dow Chemical Company chief executive and DowDuPont director Andrew Liveris put up $13.5 million to back the building’s construction, as part of a larger $40 million commitment to support University of Queensland innovation and leadership initiatives.
Designed by Lyons Architecture and M3 Architecture, the building will join the university’s Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology and be built on the St Lucia campus.
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Architecture firms Lyons and M3 Architecture were appointed to design the centre after the University of Queensland selected the duo from a shortlist that included Conrad Gargett and OMA, UNStudio, Wilson Architects and John Wardle Architects and Woods Bagot.
UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj said the “academy” would create leadership and change-making opportunities for students who might otherwise have had limited access to higher education.
“The Liveris Academy will teach and develop future generations of leaders, equipping them to discover and implement technology driven innovations that address grand challenges related to sustainability in a time of dramatic social, technological, economic and environmental change,” he said.
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Liveris said he hoped the donation, initiative and the building, housing cross-disciplinary activity, would allow students to garner a real-life understanding that many global challenges required large-scale innovation and leadership to create positive change for society.
“I hope the Liveris Academy will attract, support and develop many of the planet’s smartest young people and finest minds in engineering and science, enabling them to reach their full potential while addressing major challenges facing society today,” he said.