Emily Mcpherson Reopens

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Emily McPherson re-opens


The iconic Emily McPherson building, on the corner of Russell and Victoria streets

in Melbourne, re-opens tomorrow as RMIT University’s new home for its Graduate

School of Business and Law.


When the late Queen Mother, then Duchess of York, opened the building in 1927,

it was known as the Emily McPherson College of Domestic Economy. In 1979, the

Emily McPherson College amalgamated with RMIT and programs taught expanded

to include fashion, textiles and food science.


Over the past three years the building, with its simplified neo-Greek external

treatment, has received a $40 million refurbishment to create a state-of-the-art

learning and teaching facility.


The generous, high-volumed spaces of the original classrooms have been

reinterpreted as “next generation” collaborative learning environments that make

the most of the access to natural light and outlook for today’s high-flying

postgraduate students.


The new facilities include a premium student lounge, Wi Fi access and customised

study spaces – business class airport-style lounge facilities, a dedicated café,

tailored executive meeting spaces, and a roof terrace.


Vice-Chancellor and President, RMIT University, Professor Margaret Gardner AO,

said that students would enjoy occupying the new spaces.


“A fundamental part of the brief to the architects for this project, Lovell Chen, was

the need for spaces in this building to be interactive and flexible to encourage

postgraduate students to linger, chat and engage with their peers.


“This has been wonderfully realised in the newly refurbished Emily McPherson

Building,” Professor Gardner said.


Senator Christopher Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and

Workplace Relations, will open the new facility, which is part of the first stage of a

$600 million capital works program over the next five years – the largest

expenditure on capital works in RMIT’s 123-year history. RMIT received $16.7

million from the Australian Government.



What:  Emily McPherson Building Opening by Senator Christopher Evans

When:  Friday, 22 October, 9.30am-11.30am

Where:  Emily McPherson Building, RMIT University, corner Russell and

Victoria streets, Melbourne


For further information or comment: Deborah Sippitts, RMIT University

Communications, (03) 9925 3116 or 0429 588 869.

21 October, 2010   






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