Donation builds architecture students learning

The family of the architect credited with transforming the face of Brisbane is now transforming the learning experience of UQ architecture students through the generous gift to the Fryer Library of plans, drawings and correspondence.

The generous donation of the collection of the late Robin Gibson, the prominent Queensland architect who designed some of Brisbane’s most iconic buildings, including the Queensland Cultural Centre and UQ’s Mayne Hall, is at the centre of an innovative UQ Master of Architecture teaching project.

Students were asked to bring to life Gibson’s archive, and course coordinator Dr Janina Gossey said one student made a digital model of ‘Gibson’s Utopia’, including three projects that were never realised.

"As some of these unrealised projects were still in the early phases of the design, creating a truthful 3D model of them was quite a challenge and required informed interpretation from the student.

“It necessitated the student to fully understand Gibson’s design approach," she said.

A further benefit of the collection being housed in the Fryer Library is that it allows the information to be preserved, catalogued and accessed by a wide range of researchers. 

"So far, no comprehensive study has been done on the work of Robin Gibson so it is of the utmost importance to preserve his collection, not only for Brisbane’s architectural community, but for all Queenslanders," Dr Gosseye said.

Robin Gibson had a great impact on the state’s architectural and cultural, and his records at the Fryer Library document part of Queensland’s cultural history.

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