Phillips Smith Conwell

James Cook University – Cairns City Campus


CPB Contractors




Cairns CBD


Andrew Rankin

Featuring start-of-the-art collaborative teaching, study and meeting spaces, medical training facilities and a moot court, Phillips Smith Conwell in association with local architect MMP Architects, have delivered James Cook University a project that has become a benchmark for future JCU educational projects. The three level fitout juxtaposes a mix of corporate and vibrant student learning spaces which predominantly cater for blue-ribbon disciplines including medicine and law.

The campus has been designed in response to the client’s brief to provide a facility that is accessible to all JCU students for individual or group study. Due to its city heart location, it also provides a public and corporate offering enabling The University to engage with the community and host business events and functions in a high-tech boardroom facility.

The learning spaces reflect the attributes of corporate quality, while maintaining an architecture that belongs to the students through vibrant, sustainably designed open and flexible spaces with an emphasis on innovative acoustical treatments and audio-visual integration.

The opening of the CBD campus has brought JCU full-circle to where it began in Cairns three decades ago in the heart of the city and Phillips Smith Conwell are proud to have played a part in marking JCU’s commitment to education in this region.