This policy applies to Bimbimbie House as a University owned asset and includes the building and its gardens.
Bimbimbie House plays a significant role within the University having, historic, aesthetic and social values.
The house is the private residence for the Vice-Chancellor and is also used for official functions and events. The word 'Bimbimbie' is an indigenous word, not of local origin, meaning a place of many birds
Historic and social value:
Bimbimbie was commissioned in 1994 by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Don Aitkin AO through a design competition between three architects. The winning proposal by Mitchell/Giurgola and Thorp (MGT) was led by Romaldo (Aldo) Giurgola AO (1920 – 2016) as the design architect.
In 1980 MGT was declared as the winner of an international design competition for the new Australian Parliament House. Aldo Giurgola is recognised as the lead architect for that project. He moved to Canberra to direct the design and construction of the building which has become an Australian landmark. Aldo Giurgola is the recipient of many international and national awards and honours including the Gold Medal of the Australian Institute of Architects and appointment to the Order of Australia. A portrait of Aldo Giurgola was commissioned by the Australian Institute of Architects and hangs in the National Portrait Gallery. Of note, Giurgola and his firm have established a continuing relationship with the University of Canberra through academic contributions and awards.
The site selected for the building on the edge of the Bruce campus afforded ample grounds for a quality Australian landscape setting in keeping with the character of Canberra as a city in the landscape.
Bimbimbie and its grounds has served as a comfortable private residence for successive Vice-Chancellors and their families and is used frequently for special University social events and functions.
Over the years Bimbimbie has become part of the identity of the University and a destination of importance within the Bruce campus.
The house retains a modest residential scale and architectural expression. The linear plan is arranged to separate the public and private spaces and for the public areas to be readily accessible from the vehicular access road. The house and gardens open to the north addressing the campus. A large pavilion styled space with a small mezzanine landing is at the centre of the composition. In its earliest use, Professor Aitkin would address functions from this landing. It has been suggested that this space ‘closely resembles the simpler getaway house Giurgola was later to design for himself’
Moral right obligation:
The Copyright Amendment (Moral Rights) Act 2000
relates to an author’s ‘right of integrity of authorship in respect of a building
The Act requires consultation in good faith by the owner with the author (or a person representing the author) in relation to a change in, or the relocation, demolition or destruction of a building. The Act sets out the requirements for such consultation.
These values are defined in the Burra Charter Practice Note Version 1: November 2013.
The other two competing architects were Jackson Swayn and Roger Pegrum. Both have national profiles in architecture and long-standing significant relationships with the University or Canberra.
Stephen Schrapel and Peter Scriver University of Adelaide, Abstract, SAHANZ 2017 Annual Conference proceedings
 Moral right is defined in the Act (Schedule 1- Moral Rights of Authors)
as a right of attribution of authorship; a right not to have authorship falsely attributed; or a right of integrity of authorship.