UNSW Mathews L1 CATS Refurbishment

The Journey

Our brief was to rejuvenate an existing Centrally Allocated Teaching Space (CATS) area in the modernist Mathews Building of UNSW.


The project connects the Mathews Tower and UNSW Fare food court at lower ground level and consists of classrooms, break out and study areas. The space also acts as a thoroughfare between the two buildings and is used extensively by students and university staff.


As part of the project, eight CATS rooms were upgraded to modern teaching provisions, including five ‘high tech’ classrooms with student ‘pod’ arrangements. Each pod was allocated a fully connected display station for remote teaching and video conferences. Three classrooms were designated ‘low tech’, providing a traditional approach to teaching but with provision for future upgrading and connectivity.


March 16, 2020


$2.75 million


University of New South Wales

Date Completed

February 2017