The Clancy Auditorium


The Clancy Auditorium, which was constructed in the late 1960s, opened in 1971 containing a single auditorium space for both teaching and events, with entry foyers to the north, east and western elevations.

Fifty years since opening, the University has grown to support a cohort of 60,000 local and international students who all pass through the doors of the Clancy Auditorium to graduate.

In its its platinum jubilee year, UNSW invested in refurbishing the Clancy Auditorium to create a world-class setting for UNSW graduands.

With the Light Rail route from Circular Quay to Randwick designed to go up High St and past the Clancy Auditorium for its UNSW stop, the refurbishment also set out to improve the aesthetic of UNSW’s main entry point.

The foyers and building façade were enhanced both internally and externally to create a statement which truly reflects UNSW’s status as a global university.


Credit: Brett Boardman/Lahz Nimmo Architects

    The 12m high canopy is the feature of the Clancy Auditorium with frameless glazing and customised imported copper shingles from Norway. 


    The project involved increasing the size of the foyers to match that of the auditorium itself. 

    The bar, servery and foyer reception areas underwent an upgrade. 


    Bigger spaces were created in colours which tone in with the Mona Hessing Tapestry. 

    The Mona Hessing Tapestry was reinstated after removal and refreshment. 

    Credit: Lahznimmo Architects

    The VIP Green Room was refurbished complete with kitchenette and bathroom. 

    Accessible bathroom facilities were upgraded. 

    The off-form concrete finish to the internal walls were also revitalised. 



    Development: UNSW Estate Management 

    Project Manager: Mostyn Copper Group

    Architect: LahzNimmo

    Contractor: Buildcorp Group 

    Photography: Brett Boardman/Lahz Nimmo Architects

    Completed: 2019