The University of Queensland’s (UQ) Mansergh Shaw Makerspace, also known as UQ Innovate, has placed the world top-50 university at the forefront of hands-on education in Australia.

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Project Name: University of Queensland Mansergh Shaw Building
Studio Name: Cox Architecture
Location: St Lucia, Australia
Photography: Christopher Frederick Jones
Project size: 1020 m2
Completion date: 2019

University of Queensland Mansergh Shaw Building by Cox Architecture - Sheet1
Interior ©Christopher Frederick Jones

The facility makes up the largest space of its kind in Australia with a 1200 square metre COX-designed workshop housing manufacturing and prototyping tools and machines. The auditorium was a major focus for the project’s design, creating a ‘UQ community forum’ that encourages curiosity within the makerspace. The development of public viewing areas and utilisation of underused mezzanine space encourages and facilitates collaboration, readying students for their future careers.

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Workspace ©Christopher Frederick Jones

COX Director Brooke Lloyd said, “The purpose of the makerspace is to focus on encouraging a creative and experimental process. We have designed UQ Innovate to provide an inclusive, interdisciplinary space to empower a new generation to think creatively in ways not yet imagined.”

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Staircase ©Christopher Frederick Jones

UQ Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology Executive Dean, Professor Vicki Chen said the new facilities give UQ students a competitive edge.
“With the launch of UQ Innovate, we are in a much stronger position to fuel [students] curiosity, so they can drive sustainable solutions at the cutting edge, today and tomorrow.”

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