School of Architecture

UQ Architecture is proud to annually raise awareness and funds to support people at risk of homelessness with our Winter Sleepout.

On 14 August, students, staff and leaders within Brisbane’s design community will sleep without shelter on one of the coldest nights of the year to help change the lives of South East Queensland women at risk of homelessness. 

Aiming for a record $25,000 in fundraising, the University of Queensland School of Architecture is hoping to not only raise awareness but also much needed funds to help break the cycle of homelessness and poverty in Brisbane. Funds from the 2018 Winter Sleepout will support a new initiative developed by Second Chance Programme and Churches of Christ to support young women transitioning from state care that will allow them to establish stable and secure homes.

Research has shown that on any given night in Australia one in every 200 people are homeless, either sleeping rough on the streets, or in homeless shelters, refuges, or other temporary accommodation. We advocate a housing first approach to tackle the problem, to address the issues that lead to homelessness and avoid people resorting to rough sleeping.

The UQ School of Architecture has a commitment to addressing the basic human right to shelter and security. Our annual winter sleepout is just one way that we are contributing to a more hopeful tomorrow.​


In 2018: 

Funds raised in the 2018 Winter Sleepout will support a new partnership between Second Chance Programme and Churches of Christ in Queensland’s Youth CONNECT program, which assists young people exiting out-of-home care or the justice system to avoid homelessness.Young adults exiting state care are one of the highest risk groups for youth homelessness. Managing your own home, holding down a job and furthering your education are tough for anyone. As a young adult still in your teens, without family support, this can feel almost impossible.

Youth CONNECT is a housing-first approach, focusing on employment; education and work-readiness; personal development; and support to help them get on their feet and build the skills and confidence they need to successfully live independently. The Second Chance Programme is supporting young women in the Youth CONNECT through providing funds to support them establish a sharehouse, including paying the first two weeks rent, the rental deposit and providing a furniture package for the home.

How you can help:

Students can get involved with the 2018 Winter Sleepout by organising a team and spreading the word to friends, family and peers to support your effort. We welcome students from all schools and all universities to join us. 

Support from the Brisbane design community has been instrumental in helping us reach amazing targets over the past years. We enjoy the friendly rivalry and spreading the message. Setting up a practice team is easy and a great way to demonstrate your practice's social engagement. 

Register your team / support here