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School Building & Maintenance Summit

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The School Building and Maintenance Summit will see key stakeholders gather to discuss the latest trends and innovation in school planning, design and construction. With an emphasis on current school building projects in the pipeline across the nation, presenters will address strategies to manage population growth, the latest school and classroom design trends and maintenance programs.

Key topics to discuss include:

  • Modular and vertical classroom build and design
  • Trends in flexible classrooms and learning spaces
  • Innovation in design
  • Strategies for managing population growth and demographic shift
  • Maintenance and refurbishment programs for existing schools
  • Case studies and lessons learned from purpose built schools and learning spaces

See below to review the 2020 conference agenda and speakers. On-demand playback of the 2020 event is also available to purchase.


Lisel Thomas

Chair, Victorian Chapter, Association for Learning Environments

Dr. Benjamin Cleveland

Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Associate Director of LEaRN, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne

Dr Scott Alterator

LEaRN Research Fellow, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne

Dr Perry Wong

Coordinator, School Learning Environments and Change Service Planning, NSW Department of Education

Sarina Wilson

Secondary Advisor, School Learning Environments and Change, NSW Department of Education

Alan Hayes

Director, Hamilton Hayes Henderson Architects

Richard Leonard

Director, Hayball Architects

Jayne Harrison

Founder and Managing Director, JDH Architects

Elizabeth Carpenter

Managing Principal, FJMT Studio

Chris Scoble

Senior Associate and Project Lead, PHS, Gray Puksand

Doug Thomas

Principal, Claremont College


9:50 am

Opening Remarks from the Chair

Lisel Thomas, Chair, Victorian Chapter, Association for Learning Environments


10:00 am

  • Why inclusion and diversity must be better addressed in learning space design
  • What educational objectives and practices should be considered when designing inclusive learning spaces
  • Why Universal Design is a great starting point, but more specific information is needed to inform the effective design and inhabitation of inclusive learning spaces

11:30 am

Morning Break


11:50 am

  • Engaging stakeholders at the designing and planning stage
  • Strategies and guidelines for project implementation
  • Overcoming the challenges in communication and collaboration

12:20 pm

  • People, Process, Pedagogy and Place
  • What and who are we designing for?

12:50 pm

Lunch Break


1:40 pm

Case Study: Inner Sydney High School – Post Occupancy Assessment

Elizabeth Carpenter, Managing Principal, FJMT Studio

2:10 pm

  • Context and constraints
  • Innovation in the vertical school model
  • But where is our Oval?
  • Design to reality

2:40 pm

  • Educational research
  • Design
  • Leadership principles to consider for sustained success

3:10 pm

Closing Remarks from the Chair

3:15 pm

Close of Conference


Packages Price
2020 On-Demand Access$395+GST

when & where

13 Oct 2022


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