In November 2019, Studio Trudeau started work with Saint Ignatius College, Riverview (Lane Cove, Sydney), to carry out a conservation and functional assessment of the archive.

Over 6 months, we developed three refurbishment proposals to optimise and increase the layout, functions and interiors of the school’s museum and archive. These were graded as basic, moderate and advanced to provide the greatest possible scope to the College.

Drawing on our experience in design, building analysis, material collections and art displays, the proposals provide a roadmap for the archive over the next 15 years, delivering much-improved interfaces with the collection, better learning experiences, and up to 30% more area – including a whole new research area and library – without any external construction.


On the basis of staff interviews, room-by-room analysis of pathologies, constraints and opportunities, and the input of specialist consultants, the project outlined how to deliver improved functionality, storage, access, services, lighting, presentation and security. Our final proposal provided for:
  • preliminary conservation and refurbishment works to repair and stabilise degraded building fabric;
  • works to improve internal environmental control; and
  • works to upgrade the storage and display areas of the museum and archive, to improve and increase the area’s capacity as an educational and archival resource, and to give it a distinctive identity and presence.


  • Feasibility Study and Options
  • Architectural Design
  • Conservation Work Summary
  • Consultant Coordination
  • Client Advisory



Main Building. Image courtesy St Ignatius College.

Archive and museum, existing plan.

Archive and museum, proposed plan, long-term.

Lower ground floor plan.
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We’d love to hear from clients interested in new build, refurbishment and conservation projects, whether in Australia or Europe.

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PO Box 1494
Bowral NSW 2576, Australia

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