a major work, exhibiting the masterly simplicity and resolution that characterises Murcutt’s best buildings. – Jury of 1999 RAIA Sir Zelman Cowan Award

The Boyd Education Centre was commenced in 1997 and completed in December 1998 and officially opened by Hon Peter McGauran on 21st February 1999.

The building comprises a forecourt and open plan hall area, a commercial kitchen and residential accommodation for 32, magnificently sited with spectacular views of the Shoalhaven River.

It caters for a diverse range of activities including dining, education workshops, conferences, weddings, performances and rehearsals. It has been described as a building which heightens the appreciation of its’ surroundings.

  • Glenn Murcutt AO, LFRAIA, architect – practicing as Glenn Murcutt and Associates Pty. Ltd.
  • Wendy Lewin ARAIA architect – practicing as Wendy Lewin Architects Pty. Ltd.
  • Reg Lark ARAIA architect – practicing as Reg Lark Architect Pty. Ltd.
  • Structural Engineering – James Taylor & Associates
  • Electrical Engineer – E. Shelmerdine & Partners
  • Hydraulics Engineer – Harris Page & Associates
  • Quantity Surveyor – Northcroft Q S Partnership
Materials used
  • Walls: Steel formwork, off-form concrete, brick paving
  • Cladding: timber framed accommodation wing fins, external grade W/P ply
  • Timber Trim: Pine, brush box and WR cedar
  • Roof Structure: recycled hardwood, steel flitched beams(composite structures), Beams and purlins use a composite construction of timber and steel hardwood purlins(columns are brush box, Beams and purlins are blackbutt)
  • Roofing: Corrugated, galvanised iron to match the cottages
  • Floors: Recycled brush-box timber
  • Doors, Cupboards and Ceilings of bedrooms: Yellow hoop pine ply:
  • Large Doors of hall: old growth Oregon
  • Door slats: Oregon
  • Steelwork: finished in black micaceous paint
  • Brass used for fittings & locks

Glenn Murcutt

Glenn Murcutt AO, LFRAIA, one of the three architects responsible for designing the Boyd Education Centre, is a world renowned architect and architectural educator. He has won the following awards:

  • 1992 International Alvar Alto Medal for architecture from Finland
  • 1992 Australian RAIA Gold Medal for architecture
  • 1998 American Richard Neutra International Award for practice and teaching
  • 1999 Royal Danish Institute of Architects International Green Pin award for Architecture and Ecology
  • 2001 American Thomas Jefferson International Award for Architecture
  • 2002 International Pritzker Architecture Prize for a body of work in Architecture
  • 2002 Danish International Award for ‘Making a Difference’ through teaching and Practice
  • 2009 American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal for the body of work in Architecture
  • 2015 Royal Scottish Academy International Medal for a body of work in Architecture

my architecture has attempted to convey something of the discrete character of elements in the Australian landscape, to offer my interpretation in built form. – Glenn Murcutt


Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre has won the following major awards:

  • 1999 NSW Chapter of the RAIA- Sulman Award for Public Buildings
  • 1999 National RAIA – Sir Zelman Cowan Award for Public Buildings
  • 2003 Kenneth F Brown Asia Pacific Culture and Architecture Award

The building was chosen for its architectural merits, relation to a notable Australian painter and having been designed by outstanding, award-winning Australian architects.  – Verdy Kwee & Antony Radford

Digital Book

This digital book project created by Verdy Kwee and Antony Radford from The University of Adelaide commenced as an academic exercise in 2003. Subsequently, it grew into a substantially larger project. The building was chosen for its architectural merits, relation to a notable Australian painter and having been designed by outstanding, award-winning Australian architects. Initially, the authors had considered traditional publication, but found there were too many limitations, so this ebook was created. Once you navigate to the website page, follow the instruction to download the software, and you will then be able to use this resource. Bundanon thanks Verdy Kwee & Antony Radford for this great documentation.


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