Faculty of Law, University of NSW

Faculty of Law, University of NSW

  • Sector


  • Key Lyons contacts

    Adrian Stanic
    Corbett Lyon

  • Client

    University of New South Wales - Kensington Campus

  • Address

    Anzac Parade, Kingsford NSW 2032

  • Traditional land

    Located on the traditional lands of the Dharug, Eora and Tharawal people

  • Size


  • Project status

    Completed, 2006

The design for the Faculty of Law Building at the University Of New South Wales (UNSW) Kensington Campus finds equilibrium between function and symbolism. It extends beyond utility to create an identity steeped in morals, history and progressive modern design. Functionally, The Faculty of Law is a four level building featuring a light-filled atrium space, open staircases, a landscaped courtyard and an agora void connecting the floors. Symbolically, the design represents UNSW’s commitment to its progressive and liberal values: commitment to social justice; compassion; progress; accessibility; social equity; commitment to excellence; not authoritarian; enquiry and questioning and research. Completed in 2006, the design nods to the established traditional institution of law schools, while not being bound by them. The result is an interconnected building that fosters diverse relationships and teaching methods for students, staff and the broader community.

We developed a design that is highly responsive to the particular campus precinct and were able to make significant connections that shape the Kensington Campus. The ground floor connects University Road to Union Road and Road House and contributes to the urban definition of the landscaped Mall space.”

Adrian Stanic, Director of Lyons

Designing for open dialogue and critical thinking

The Faculty of Law is designed as a low rise structure to promote maximum interactivity between staff, students and visitors. The Law Library, located over two levels, is the symbolic and functional heart of the building. This daylit space allows students and academic staff to study and undertake research in a purpose designed setting overlooking the treed environment of University Mall. Light filled atria spaces, open staircases and landscaped courtyard spaces enhance this visual interconnectivity, providing a high amenity work and study environment for Law and University users. The ground floor includes a 350 seat auditorium and two ‘Harvard style’ horseshoe shaped learning spaces for formal and discursive learning. Student spaces are designed based on the Socratic method of discourse, a student-centred approach that encourages critical thinking and shared dialogue between. To achieve this, teaching spaces are flexible, flat floor spaces with movable desking and seating to encourage open exchange of ideas.

“After being shortlisted from a panel of established and successful architects, the firm were the winner in an invited competitive architectural selection process…. The entire experience was one of collaboration and effective teamwork, firstly with the Faculty of Law client team and later with the construction management team.”

Graham Parry, Deputy Director, Property Strategy Projects, UNSW

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