Advanced Engineering Building

AEB Terracotta Shade Time Lapse 1 from Kirk on Vimeo.

AEB Terracotta Shade Time Lapse 2 from Kirk on Vimeo.

The prestigious $130 million Advanced Engineering Building (AEB) was awarded to RKA and Hassell joint venture through a design competition. The AEB establishes a new benchmark for sustainability and explores new possibilities for teaching and learning spaces.

AEB is an exciting and transformative opportunity. The vision for the AEB project was to create a building to celebrate, collaborate, create, learn, innovate and sustain, all within an integrated engineering landscape.

AEB is designed to stimulate innovation, education and awareness of advanced materials and manufacturing processes.

The structure of the building is as open as possible, to allow a high level of visibility of processes and equipment to visitors and staff alike.

AEB will facilitate the transformation of engineering education through all aspects of research, postgraduate training and undergraduate education.

The themes drawn from this potential are:
+ A Working Building
+ A Transparent Building
+ An Expressive Building
+ An Interactive Building
+ A Flexible Building
+ A Sustainable Building

The AEB has achieved a 5 star Green Star – Education Design v2 certified rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). The impact of number of the significant environmental design features can be monitored in real time though the following interactive website:

Research facilities, teaching spaces and office accommodation for the School of Civil Engineering and the Queensland Centre for Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing (AMPAM).

The University of Queensland

20,000m 2 Gross Floor Area


Architect | Richard Kirk Architect (joint venture with Hassell)
Structural & Civil Engineers | Aurecon
Electrical Engineer | Aurecon
Hydraulic & Mechanical Engineers | WSP Group
ESD Consultant | Cundall
Lift Consultant | Cundall
Landscape Architect | Hassell
Contractor | Watpac