Education has been one of the few sectors that has maintained a presence throughout the time of Covid 19. Open for business and supporting fewer pupils has been a necessity but can the design of our schools be smarter, contracting and expanding as future needs dictate?
February 4th, 2020
Education has been one of the few sectors that has maintained a presence throughout the time of Covid 19. Open for business and supporting fewer pupils has been a necessity but can the design of our schools be smarter, contracting and expanding as future needs dictate? Architects and designers have been creating new paradigms for education facilities, moving vertically as land sizes decrease and providing multi-functional areas for teaching and learning but can they do more? And will the Government invest in smarter design for education? From childcare centres to primary and secondary schools through to higher education facilities, precincts and STEMM, is change in the air? As usual it’s all a learning curve.
Diane Jones, Executive Director, PTW
Fiona Young, Studio Director, Hayball
Jo Dane, Principal, Era-co
Lisa Munao, Workplace Design & Innovation Head, Davenport Campbell
Wed 10 June 12:30pm AEST
With awarded expertise in complex education, justice, health and not-for-profit projects, Diane’s team is guided by a strong sense of civic and community responsibility.
Her innovative approach to the design of the International Grammar School (IGS), Ultimo was critical to the successful delivery of one of Sydney’s first vertical schools. More recently for a series of four Western Sydney Schools, Diane ensured the project design for each school was meaningful and specific in response, creating a lasting legacy for not only the schools but for the broader community. This approach also informed her advancement of design solutions that enhance student well being in schools as part of the Big Anxiety festival and its ongoing initiatives.
Diane has been an Adjunct Professor at the UNSW Faculty of the Built Environment since 2011 and a member of the NSW State Design Review Panel since 2018.
Fiona is an architect and researcher in the field of learning environments. She has extensive experience in education and cultural sectors across Australia, Ireland and New Zealand spanning over 20 years. As Studio Director at Hayball Sydney, Fiona’s focus is on education and the GLAM sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums). Core to her role is enhancing learning opportunities through design, and interpreting and bridging understanding between educators and architectural teams. Fiona is a PhD candidate at the Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN) at the University of Melbourne where she is part of the Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change (ILETC) project.
Jo is a designer, educator and researcher with a passion for educational transformation enabled through research-based design practice. As an Education Strategist, she engages in briefing, stakeholder engagement, infrastructure analysis, space strategy, education planning and design and post occupancy evaluation. Jo promotes future thinking of teaching, learning and work places to guide the transition of institutions into the 21st Century. Her recently completed doctoral thesis focuses on the design of new generation learning environments through the lens of her Effective Teaching and Learning Spatial Framework, linking education theory, environmental psychology and the spatial experience.
Lisa has been immersed in the design industry for 25 years dealing with Australian and global organisations, leading major interior projects in design and the implementation of emerging technologies and design philosophies across varied socio economic contexts. Lisa is Head of Workplace Design and Innovation at Davenport Campbell (since 2012). Her projects range from workplace transformations for major companies such as KPMG, CBA and new banking ventures in Asia. Early learning, to corporate learning including multi use spaces and innovation laboratories, agile and flexible working strategies, pilot design and development – testing new ways of working and learning. The key focus for such design being on ‘how people feel, interact and thrive’. Her belief in design involves a multi faceted approach needing a well rounded set of skills from the pragmatic to the esoteric. In this light, an appreciation of the past, current and future is central to her design ethos; understanding the history of design, research and exploring influences globally and collaborating with creators on the next evolution is central to her thinking – a holistic background to the design of effective and productive working environments.
Jan Henderson is currently the acting-editor of Indesign magazine. Her previous roles have included associate publisher at Architecture Media for three years, co-editor of inside magazine and Interiors editor of Architel.tv for the past six years. As Principal of Henderson Media Consultants she contributes to various architecture and design magazines, is a regular speaker at events and has participated as a juror for industry awards. Jan is passionate about design and through her different roles supports and contributes to design in Australia.
The Nest Child Care by Davenport Campell, photography by Steve Brown.
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