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New Academic Street, RMIT University by Lyons with NMBW Architecture Studio, Harrison and White, MvS Architects and Maddison Architects.

New Academic Street, RMIT University by Lyons with NMBW Architecture Studio, Harrison and White, MvS Architects and Maddison Architects. Image: Peter Bennetts

Old School / New School brings together influential architects, designers, educators and social change leaders to discuss issues, share their experiences and speculate on possible futures for education design.

Taking place in Melbourne on 26 September, the conference will examine how education spaces are being re-focused around student experience, explore ways that design can meet the needs of people from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds, and ask how architects and clients can work together in new ways to achieve design excellence. 

Among the keynote speakers will be architect Takaharu Tezuka, a professor at Tokyo City University and president of Tezuka Architects. His keynote will look at how architecture can be used as a tool to create spontaneous moments of opportunity and experience for children. Another international speaker, Russell Bishop, emeritus professor of Maori education at the University of Waikato, will reflect on his experiences designing and implementing education reform projects over the past twenty-five years. He will consider the spatial and environmental implications of projects that seek to improve educational outcomes for Maori,other Indigenous and marginalized students.

Also delivering keynote addresses will be Hannah Lawson, director at John McAslan and Partners, UK; Amanda Bell, principal of the Women’s College at the University of Technology, Sydney; and Carey Lyon, the founding director of Lyons – one of the practices behind RMIT University’s New Academic Street – who will give a keynote address on how campus design has “dramatically shifted” toward the student and away from the institution. 

Three case studies will offer insights into the best education spaces being designed in Australia. Fox Johnston Architects’ director Emili Fox will present Waranara Early Learning Centre, a new seventy-four-place centre for children under six in Sydney’s rapidly growing Green Square. Peter Stutchbury Architecture director Belinda Koopman will discuss the recently completed projects Joynton Avenue Creative Centre, Banga Community Shed and Matron Ruby Grant Park, also at Green Square. And Gray Puksand partner Stephen Turner will present Prahran High School, one of a number of new inner-city “vertical schools” commissioned by the Victorian School Building Authority.

For more information, go here.

Old School / New School, presented by Architecture Media, is part of Design Speaks, a series of talks, seminars, forums and conferences on and about architecture and design, for design professionals and their clients and interested members of the wider community. 

Work Place/Work Life is supported by major partners PGH Bricks and Pavers and Asona and USG Boraland Design Speaks conferences 2018 presenting partner Taubmans.


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