Integrated Design Studio

About the project

project is one of a series of Integrated Design Studios (IDS’s) to be carried
out under i-Hub. This studio will use the Wollongong City Council Ribbonwood
Community Centre 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 title Integrated Design Studio IDS-11 WCC Ribbonwood Community Centre
Project number IDS-11
Project location Wollongong
Lead partner University of Wollongong
Project partners
Project participants Wollongong City Council, Stantec, MIEngineers, COX, ARUP
Start date 02/2021
End date 11/2021
ARENA/i-Hub funding $72,693
Total project cost $201,777


Wollongong City Council (WCC) has an organisational commitment to move to absolute net zero emissions by 2030. Numerous councils and community centres alike are now making net zero emissions targets and are facing many challenges along this journey. Not least is the reliance on natural gas and the need for increased levels of thermal comfort whilst reducing energy consumption. This community centre IDS will produce innovative design concepts that will be a crucial part of WCC achieving its ambitious target with possibilities of applying these strategies to the wider councils and community sector.


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 best enable integrated design as well as student produced collateral on design ideas for community centres.


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 community centres that may be adopted by the client, project participants, or the wider councils and community sector. 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

IDS11 Design Studio Outcomes Report – 100%
IDS11 Design Vetting report
IDS11 Final Sub-Project Knowledge Sharing Report
IDS11 Lessons Learnt Report
Helping to build a greener future, together

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 20/04/2021