Design and Construct is our nation-leading, hands-on construction learning experience offering project based opportunities to UniSA students of architecture and design. Running since 1993, it is one of the largest student construction learning experiences in the world and has produced a number of remarkable buildings, many of which have won awards.

By participating in Design and Construct, students will gain the kind of firsthand experience that can prepare them for professional life like nothing else. When it comes to applied design, considering client and community needs and working collaboratively with the building site in mind, it doesn't get much better than this.


Take a look at our projects and learn about the impact they had on the students involved and the communities they were built in.

Mawson Lakes facility

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The purpose-built facility, based at the Mawson Lakes campus, provides students with an unique opportunity to design and help to construct buildings for remote communities in Australia and overseas.

Tanna Island project

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For nearly three decades, the Design and Construct has helped increase capacity and empower Aboriginal and First Nation communities in Australia and overseas through a range of collaborative design and construct projects. On Tanna Island in Vanuatu, the eco-tourism project helps this community to generate income to educate their children, retain ownership of their land and culture while creating replicable and sustainable tourist facilities for other ni-Vanuatu communities.

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Location Barbara Hanrahan Building (4-27), UniSA City West Campus, Adelaide, SA, Australia