Exterior photograph of the new F23 Administration Building at The University of Sydney, located on Eastern Avenure.

The University of Sydney F23 Administration Building, exterior. © Grimshaw Architects. Photography by John Gollings

After Dark: The University of Sydney F23 Administration Building

Focus Tour - Saturday 2 November





Grimshaw Architects

The Administration Building (also known as F23) marks a new era for Australia’s first university. Framing a new gateway to the University, the building connects the two sides of its Camperdown and Darlington campus. It has been designed to present an appropriate civic presence that remains sympathetic to some of its oldest surrounding buildings. The central atrium, glass facades and natural light reflect the University’s ethos of visible and open leadership, and the design reflects its commitment to sustainability. The ground floor dissolves into the public domain with a restaurant, public exhibition and symposium space, while providing a seamless connection to the busy thoroughfare of Eastern Avenue.

The building consolidates the University’s senior executive teams and central administrative functions, including the vice-chancellery, into one location – in a space that encourages openness and collaboration. Designed to accommodate 520 staff, the building feels animated but never overcrowded.

Tour experience

As the sun descends over Eastern Avenue and the surrounding canopy of Moreton Bay figs, you will explore all five levels of the F23 Administration Building at twilight. Inside, immerse yourself in state-of-the-art, award-winning architecture designed to foster collaboration and cohesion, as well as identity and security for a diverse range of executive teams.

As well as curated access to the building’s features by Grimshaw architects, you will be guided through the bespoke selection of artworks and artefacts from the University’s museums’ collections showcased in the building. They include pieces by Grace Cossington Smith, Dorrit Black, Sidney Nolan and Narrabri Nakamarra.


Tours will be co-presented by The University of Sydney and Grimshaw Architects.

Andrew Cortese, Managing Partner

Andrew is Grimshaw’s Managing Partner Sydney. He established the partnership’s Sydney Studio in 2010 and leads conceptual design and strategy across the studio’s portfolio. Operating at many scales, Andrew’s work challenges, evolves and advances building typologies, and he promotes the agency and transformative potential of architecture with the recovery of beauty and memory. His investigations occur through the frame of natural ecologies, the functional relationship of human experience to spatial, cultural and contextual constructions, the integration of technology and the tectonics of sequence, materiality and geometry, the holistic and integrated approach to finance, and the recovery of contractual leadership within professional services.

Exemplary projects include: Macquarie Bank’s Martin Place Metro with integrated development, Arthur Phillip High School – future focussed learning vertical high school, Monash Woodside Building for Technology and Design, CBD and South East Light Rail, the UNSW Hilmer Building and the University of Sydney’s F23 Administration Building.

Cristian Castillo, Associate Principal

Cristian joined Grimshaw in 2012 with over ten years of industry experience. His highly developed professional skills, coupled with his strategic vision, have resulted in award-winning built works in the education and science, commercial workplace, and residential sectors.

Cristian was the Project Team leader on the University of Sydney’s F23 Administration Building and Harbour Mills Apartments in Pyrmont and is currently working to deliver the first Passivhaus project in the Southern Hemisphere, the Monash Woodside Building for Technology and Design in Melbourne.

Dr Toner Stevenson

Toner Stevenson is Manager of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry at The University of Sydney. She has a Doctorate in Museum Studies and has extensive museum and heritage experience as Head of House Museums for Sydney Living Museums, Manager of Sydney Observatory, Manager Exhibition Co-ordination for MAAS and as a project manager for the Darwin Centre, Natural History Museum, London.

Vivienne Webb

Vivienne Webb is an independent curator and writer. She has previously held positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artbank and Sotheby’s. Vivienne has curated solo exhibitions of leading Australian artists including Fiona Hall, Stephen Birch, Rosemary Laing and Dorothy Napangardi and her group exhibitions include Primavera: exhibition by young Australian artists.

Vivienne curated the exhibition of Sydney University Museums material in the F23 Administration building, working with specialist curators from the University’s Art, Nicholson and Macleay collections to select the 150 items on display throughout the building. She is currently Project Curator of Public Art at the University and is an alumnus of the University of Sydney.

  • The University of Sydney F23 Administration Building, exterior.
  • The University of Sydney F23 Administration Building, interior.
  • The University of Sydney F23 Administration Building, interior.

Key information

Session duration

45 mins


This tour has a capacity of 30 people per session.

to know

  • Photography allowed

  • Toilets available