IFLA LBES Mid-Year Seminar – Building Excellence: Global and Indigenous Trends in Library Design

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions hosted an international, one-day seminar at the University of Sydney, Australia, on 24 March 2023: Building Excellence – Global and Indigenous Trends in Library Design

Annie Hensley, Head of fjcplace presented the morning keynote, challenging the audience to contemplate the concept of commodification, particularly as applied to some larger library buildings and including the rise of ‘starchitects’ and signature projects. This was contrasted with the concept of hyper-local, exemplified in a range of projects, where strong grounding and connections to local community and Indigenous cultures has ensured the success of the library building as a community space.

This seminar was important for building on our expertise in community and place driven buildings particularly library and learning spaces.

Jindabyne Library

Melton Library

Craigieburn Library

Surry Hills Library

Bankstown Library

Max Webber Library


fjcstudio acknowledges all Aboriginal and Torres  Strait Islander peoples, the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work.

We recognise their continuing connection to Country and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

We extend this acknowledgement to Indigenous People globally, recognising their human rights and freedoms as articulated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.