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Can the Agile Model Benefit the Future of Education?

Want to steal a march on your competitors? Are you a business or a university? The University of Sydney’s new Business School brings the two together in a stunning new-era facility.


November 4th, 2016


Nicole England and Trevor Mein

It’s a competitive world out there. Which is why the business sector is revolutionising its work environments – to attract the best staff, be more innovative and more efficient. It’s also why universities are dramatically re-thinking their teaching and learning amenities, to attract students by providing the very best educational resources.

Put them together and you get the University of Sydney’s new Business School. For a long time, the University traded off its traditional sandstone look. Not any longer, though, as it transforms its architecture and urban landscape. This dramatic new corner building on the Darlington side of the campus is the new home for the University’s highly regarded Business School. It brings together the University’s programme to thoroughly re-design its teaching/learning amenities with a physical environment that replicates the kind of workplace the Business School’s graduates will find themselves working in.

The Carr Design Group have responded to Woods Bagot’s dramatic splayed building with its mix of the curvilinear and the orthogonal by an equally dynamic interior set up by an inspiring spiral staircase on the same axis as a magnificent established gum tree outside the entrance. Beyond the staircase are calm expanses of ‘open plan’ student learning settings with a variety of individual study and collaborative options.

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