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Tuesday 25 October 2016

Day One | Day Two

09:00 Opening remarks from Chair

Dr Michelle Eady, Professional Studies, Education, Social Sciences, University of Wollongong

9:10 NSW opposition education strategy: What more could be done?

Luke Foley MP, Leader of the Opposition, NSW

9:30 An update on NSW school building programme

  • Expanding the NSW schools network
  • Meeting demands
  • Challenges completing projects on time and within budget

Jane Simmons, Executive Director, Public Schools NSW, Department of Education


9:50 Population growth: where will pressure be most profound?

  • Highlighting where continued population growth will impact school infrastructure the most
  • Monitoring changes in demographics
  • Adequately formulating a plan to ensure schools are not oversubscribed

Dr Peter Goss, School Education Program Director, Grattan Institute

10:30 Networking and refreshment break

10:50 CASE STUDY | A look through the demographic lens: school planning at a local level

  • Planning schools to meet the needs of local communities requires an in-depth understanding of the characteristics of those who live there. What does the community look like now? What type of people live there? Who doesn’t live there? And, perhaps more importantly, who will live there in the future?

Katie Bayley, Location Strategy Consultant, .id
Sally Blandy, Location Strategy Consultant, .id

11:30 The Federal Opposition’s perspective of effective school planning

  • Reviewing the Building Education Revolution
  • What worked?
  • What did we learn?
  • What will we implement when next in government?

Andrew Giles MP, Shadow Minister for Schools

12:05 Lunch and networking break


13:30 Adapting conventional classrooms into 21st century learning environments

A focus on adapting conventional classrooms into new 21st century learning environments, with the use of examples from ongoing projects to demonstrate the development of modern, innovative learning spaces.

Matthew Greene, Design Architect, Paynter Dixon Constructions

14:15 Advancing learning environment design and spatialized pedagogic practice through evaluation

  • Evidence-based design in education has suffered in past years from – well – a lack of evidence!
  • Calling on research from the Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments ARC Linkage project this presentation will discuss current approaches to building evidence platforms from which to make informed decisions about how to best align pedagogy and space.
  • The wider programs of evaluation being conducted by the Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN) at the University of Melbourne, will also be discussed.

Dr Ben Cleveland, LEaRN Steering Committee Member and Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

15:00 Networking and refreshment break

15:30 Safety in design

  • Ensuring that structures being designed will be safe for all people who will use the facilities including teachers, students, cleaners and visitors
  • Designers, employers and those who commission buildings all have duties relating to safe design under WHS legislation – what are the best methods for ensuring obligations are met?
  • This presentation will include links to past and present projects

Allison Crunden, Unit Manager – OHS and Safety in Design, Architecture & Access


16:15 Funding and procuring efficient school maintenance

  • Procurement models that focus on strategic asset maintenance and seek to optimise investment in the existing asset base
  • Engaging the market in energy efficiency initiatives that invest in the estate to deliver operating cost efficiencies
  • Optimising the funding and financing of investment in schools infrastructure

Darrin Grimsey, Infrastructure Advisory, EY

17:00 Closing remarks from the Chair

17:10 Networking Drinks

Wednesday 26 October 2016

Day One | Day Two

09:00 Opening remarks from Chair


09:10 Single source of accountability for design and construction outcomes: Benefits of designers and contractors collaborating through the design process

  • Effective identification and management of risks (ground conditions, site services, programme)
  • Efficient spatial and structural solutions (future adaptability)
  • Efficient building services design
  • Effective selection of materials (capital vs recurrent costs & fitness for purpose)
  • Efficient and effective management of time, cost and quality objectives
  • Accelerated project timetable, early return on investment

Roger Zammit, Chief Executive, Badge (Representing Badge/Perkins Joint Venture)

09:50 The role of the architect in constructing and developing modern learning environments
  • Designing innovative classroom spaces
  • Developing classrooms that can adapt to changing pedagogies
  • Creating student centric learning spaces

Geoff Hanmer, Director, Arina Hayball

10:30 Networking and refreshment break


11:00 The challenge of expanding and building new schools in highly populated areas

  • Spatial demand/supply of public schools in the last 5 years (lessons learned)
  • Schools in the 30 min city concept (walkability, bikeability)
  • Future projections of population and building growth and scenarios for new/upgraded schools

Dr Simone Zarpelon Leao, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW

11:40 Vertical Schools – Design Engineering things to consider when building up rather than out

  • Driver for vertical schools
  • Engineering design challenges
  • Case studies from New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia

Julian Soper, Associate Principal, Building Services Engineering, Arup


12:20 Lunch and networking break

13:30 Schools, Universal Design and Access for People with Disabilities

Consulting with users is critical in process of designing environments that encompass the needs of students, teachers, parents and the community. Universal design is a design philosophy and movement that aims to create environments that meets the needs of all users. All levels of government around Australia are implementing policies and legislation around incorporating universal design into the built environment.

This presentation will describe universal design, how it can be implemented to assist in designing school environments that respond to the needs of all users, and discuss the intersection of universal design and access for people with disabilities.

Cathryn Grant, Senior Access Consultant, Architecture & Access


14:10 Implementing technology into classrooms

  • Positive and negative impacts of technology on different social and ethnic groups
  • Facilitating technology in different communities
  • Appropriate measures for the use of technology

Dr Michelle Eady, Professional Studies, Education, Social Sciences, University of Wollongong

14:50 Technology supporting the process; assessment driving the learning

  • Technology supporting learning and evidences of student work
  • The pedagogy model focuses on students improving their work based on feedback received on set weekly tasks, leading to the development of a capstone task that builds on the culmination of the weekly tasks
  • The technology also enables evidencing improvements student make to their work, based on ongoing feedback they receive from teachers and fellow students

Professor Bob Fox, PVC (Education) Portfolio, UNSW

15:30 Closing remarks from the Chair

16:00 End of Conference

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