The New Academic Building (NAB) for Murdoch University in Perth will be the first large-scale mass engineered timber building in Western Australia. It marks the beginning of a visionary transformation set to unlock the campus centre, consolidate the academic core, and provide a new address for the university. The NAB positions Murdoch University to pursue growth in education and research. The project explores the potential of a highly flexible, adaptable grid that will accommodate the future needs of Murdoch’s teaching and learning within. Close collaboration between architecture, engineering and best practice sustainability combine to deliver a new vibrant core for the campus. In collaboration with local studios Officer Woods, The Fulcrum Agency, Silver Thomas Hanley and Aspect Studios, we lead a design that reflects the character of Western Australia and builds on the original bush campus of Murdoch University.