Integrated Design Studio

About the project

This project is one of a series of Integrated Design Studios (IDS’s) to be carried out under i-Hub. This studio will use the Lightning Ridge LALC Multi-Purpose Building as a case study.

Integrated design aims to empower architecture with engineering and technical performance, to produce ‘towards zero energy’ facilities that will reduce operating costs and assist to combat climate change.

The IDS’s will generate improvements in integrated design processes as well as yielding design ideas for the building typologies they are concerned with. Renewable energy technologies will be a key focus.

Project titleIntegrated Design Studio IDS-09 – Lightning Ridge LALC Multi-Purpose Building
Project numberIDS-09
Project locationLightning Ridge
Lead partnerUniversity of Wollongong
Project partners
Project participantsDr. Steve Burroughs Foundation, Stantec, MIEngineers, Edmiston Jones
Start date07/2021
End date05/2022
ARENA/i-Hub funding$72,693
Total project cost$201,777


Improving the social, economic and wellbeing of indigenous Australians is part of the mission for the Dr Steve Burroughs Foundation, who in turn is in partnership with the Lightning Ridge LALC. This studio aims to design and develop a Multi-Purpose Building, integrating environmental design principles and aboriginal values, benefitting the surrounding community. This IDS will produce innovative design concepts aimed at developing a structure to support the local indigenous community through integrating renewable technologies with traditional Indigenous design principles.


The Integrated Design Studios (of which this is one), will be carried out at a number of universities (UoM, QUT, and University of Wollongong), they provide an environment where integrated design processes can be tested and refined on different building typologies.

The IDSs bring together academics, industry consultants, and clients assisted by undergraduate and masters level students to explore integrated design.

Output will include findings on how to enable integrated design as well as student produced collateral on design ideas for indigenous communities in remote regions of Australia.


This project is expected to contribute to the development of a robust integrated design process able to be extended to industry to change the way design traditionally occurs on projects improving carbon performance.

It will also produce design ideas specific to indigenous community centers in remote regions that may be adopted by the client, project participants, or the wider indigenous community. The use of renewables technologies will be a key focus.

Additional impact

Integrated Design by its nature is an inclusive process that will produce designs that better serve society as a whole. As well as improved technical (energy) performance, design outcomes are expected to also provide increased community and societal benefits.

Project reports

IDS09 Design Studio outcomes report – 100%
IDS09 Lightning Ridge LALC Vetting Report
IDS09 Lessons learnt report
IDS09 Sub – project knowledge sharing report

Evaluation Framework

All sub-projects within i-Hub are evaluated as part of the ongoing i-Hub project management process. Evaluation is completed by the project manager and reviewed by the Activity Leaders Group and i-Hub Steering Committee. Please click here to read the Evaluation Framework.

Created 23/08/2021