Doherty Institute   Melbourne, Australia

A keystone building within The University of Melbourne’s Parkville medical precinct, The Doherty is one of the world’s most advanced infectious disease research facilities.


Within the University of Melbourne’s Parkville precinct, the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity is a world-class biomedical project that brings together research excellence, supported by the Victorian Government and Melbourne Health.

The 25,500 sq m project provides integrated laboratory and teaching spaces for more than 700 scientists, researchers, clinicians, academics, staff and students. Six major research organisations are united to create a leading biomedical facility.

The project contains research, reference, and diagnostic services and incorporates a range of complex and highly-specialised prime containment laboratories, support spaces, and integrated teaching facilities.

Offering a centre for excellence and creativity that befits its namesake and patron, the esteemed Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty, the institute is a highly sustainable building that facilitates and strengthens scientific leadership.

The building has been awarded a 5-Star Green Star rating by the Green Building Council of Australia.

“Grimshaw’s working method is analytical, collaborative and insightful and I have greatly enjoyed our efforts together over the past years. They are leading environmental design thinkers and innovators, yet they take completion milestones and design to budget very seriously.”

Chris White, The University of Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia

Project Type
Science and Learning →

University of Melbourne (with Melbourne Health)

26,000 sq m



Peter Bennetts, Cameron Conwell

Associate Architect
JV Architects: Billard Leece Partnership