The six-level Architecture, Planning and Music building was officially opened in July 1976. It was renamed in honour of Sir Zelman Cowen, former Vice-Chancellor of The University of Queensland from 1970 to 1977 and Governor General of Australia from 1977 to 1982.
Zelman Cowen was regarded as one of the leading constitutional lawyers in the English-speaking world.
Designed in a neo-brutalism style, the edifice comprises two blocks, linked by the main entrance foyer, and is composed of a concrete structure and metal deck roof.
The building underwent renovations by m3architecture in 2016 to create social spaces and a kitchen, and Congrad Gargett in 2020 refurbishing the roof and adding air-conditioning.
Zelman Cowen now houses the School of Architecture, and the School of Music.
Food & Beverage, Patina Restaurant and Merlo Cafe are open on Saturday