“Architecturally extraordinary” – Juliette Churchill on her plans for Wallumattagal Campus

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Pictured: Juliette Churchill, Executive Director, Property Services

Since joining Macquarie as Executive Director of Property Services three months ago, Juliette Churchill has been delighted by the spaces she has encountered.

“I have discovered so many spaces on the Wallumattagal Campus that are architecturally extraordinary – inspiring both in their sustainability achievements and in their successful creation of a deep sense of place and purpose,” Churchill says.

As a non-practising registered architect with a Master of Architecture from Liverpool University, Churchill brings to Macquarie a sophisticated understanding of the power of the built environment to cultivate ideas and connections.

Prior to joining Macquarie, she spent a decade as Director of Design, Engineering, Planning and Sustainability at the University of Sydney, where she oversaw the strategic planning, design, maintenance and project management of the University’s portfolio of 800 buildings across urban and regional NSW.

Particularly important to Churchill was cultural sensitivity in planning and constructing new projects.

“It became a real passion of mine to work in consultation with traditional owners to embed their stories into our buildings and landscapes,” she says.

As for her role in the Macquarie University story, Churchill will build on the legacy of Mark Broomfield who, over his 12 years as Director of Property, oversaw the most substantial transformation of the University’s campus in our 58-year history.

That renewal saw the creation and evolution of more than a dozen remarkable buildings, some of which Churchill will be profiling in an upcoming LinkedIn series, beginning with the Michael Egan Hall.

Having spent her initial time at Macquarie developing an understanding of our people and our ambitions as an institution strongly connected within Macquarie Park, Churchill’s focus now moves to the important work of evolving the University’s Masterplan.

“Our future plans for the campus will be informed by contemporary approaches to teaching, work and collaboration, and reflect the impact of the COVID pandemic on the way we use indoor and outdoor spaces,” she says. “Planning for the future needs of the Macquarie Business School and the University’s health precinct will be an area of focus, and of course, Macquarie’s commitment to sustainability remains at the heart of everything we do.”

There is also the not-insignificant task of delivering the new Michael Kirby Macquarie Law Building, as well as new spaces for physics, astronomy and engineering. No doubt Churchill will be singing Macquarie’s architectural praises for a long time to come.

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