University of QLD, AEB

The Advanced Engineering Building (AEB) is a unique facility designed to interact with the natural environment, dramatically reduce energy consumption and create an interactive learning environment for students. Awarded one of the highest sustainable design ratings for a building in its group, the AEB is five-star Green Star Education Design v1 Certified by the Green Building Council of Australia. Moeding was the preferred product of choice for the Advanced Engineering Building due to its minimal energy usage and natural ventilation. The terracotta vertical members were craned into place individually to form a fenestrated façade that would moderate heat load on the Northern elevation, whilst retaining daylight and external views from the workspaces inside. All evidence suggests the AEB has reached the University’s vision of creating a building to celebrate, collaborate, create, learn, innovate & sustain within an integrated engineering landscape, so much so that the University of Queensland’s Advanced Engineering Building has been shortlisted in the 2014 World Architecture Festival.

“The future of engineering requires that engineers develop technologies that are much more sustainable with reduced carbon footprints, so it was a priority that as a training ground for the next generation of engineers, the AEB building exemplified this approach.” – Professor David St. John, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Awards won:
– F.D.G. Stanley Award for Public Architecture 2014
– Harry Marks Award for Sustainable Architecture 2014
– The John Dalton Award for Building of the Year 2014
The jury noted: “AEB expertly embraces setting and place and has created an exemplar of engagement with renewable resources and local industry. It is thoroughly considered and exquisitely detailed.”


Project Name – University of Queensland, Advanced Engineering Building
Product – Moeding
Finish/Colour – Longoton, Natural Red
Architect – Richard Kirk Architect / Hassell
Builder/Developer – Watpac
Project Stage – Completion 2013
Location – Brisbane, QLD