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5th Annual School Planning, Design & Construction Summit

Innovative Learning Spaces for Positive Outcomes

21-22 May 2019 | Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

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Government, SME & K-12 Rate Available // See Pricing Below


It’s evident that innovative learning spaces aid in the delivery of modern pedagogy. The needs of instructors, as well as the needs of students with various backgrounds and learning abilities, are the building blocks of these futuristic spaces. Digital learning and new building configurations have defied the traditional education model, and those in charge of school planning must reflect that shift in their ideas and implementation. Collaboration between experts such as educators, architects, state officials, design consultants, and many others is key to meet the new demands of modern Australian schools.

Creating 21st century learning spaces while tackling a tremendous population change has not been easy. These circumstances have put strain on school infrastructure, as well as state governments, and it’s in the best interest of the governments and greater communities to invest in school building projects. This will ensure sufficient school spaces are available for current and future student populations.

The desire for a stronger education system is clear, with the 2018/2019 budgets surpassing previous budgets with record breaking funding pledges. Queensland has designated $800 million through its Building Future Schools Fund (BFS), Victoria has invested $3.8 billion – including tech schools and funding for planning projects, and NSW has committed $6 billion over four years to deliver 170 new and upgraded schools.

Whether they are new or refurbished, urban or regional, private or public, Australian schools in 2019 will strive to set the bar for excellence and innovation.

Join us on 21-22 May 2019 at the Rendezvous in Melbourne to hear from thought-leaders, educators and architects on the future of school planning, design & construction.



9:00 am

Opening Remarks from the Chair


9:10 am

An overview of the Victorian Government’s school building policy and projects

9:40 am

An overview of the SA Government’s school building policy and projects

Ross Treadwell, Executive Director, Infrastructure, Department for Education

10:10 am

An overview of the NSW Government’s school building policy and projects

Senior Representative, NSW Department of Education – School Infrastructure,

10:40 am

Morning tea and networking break


11:10 am

Session Objective: To help schools bring 21st century skills to the fore, and bring everyone along with the change.

  • 21st century skills are no longer optional, instead they must now be the starting point
  • How to design a school to go beyond academics
  • How to bring everyone along in your school’s continuous journey of change using agile methodology
  • Bringing a customer-service perspective to students and parents


11:45 am

Saint Stephen’s College is an independent P-12 school on the Gold coast. In 2003, about 60% of the learning spaces were classrooms in demountable buildings. In the last 15 years the school has commissioned 8 major projects. Many of these were new builds, but some were renovations or repurposing existing facilities. The school’s emphasis has been on developing technology rich, collaborative learning spaces. The most recent development has been to repurpose demountable buildings to create a project based learning precinct. The session will explain how these facilities were developed, what they cost, and their impact on student learning.

12:20 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:20 pm

Speaking and listening in learning environments is paramount. The way the space is designed acoustically can have a profound impact on accessing critical information. This session will be around the acoustic design of education spaces and in particular recent findings from research into innovative learning environments.

1:55 pm

To gain an understanding of the “why”, “how”, and “what” of community facilities in schools

  • Outline the benefits of community partnerships in school, both to the learner and the wider community
  • Discuss the process of forming community partnerships and how this can integrate into a school building program, the common challenges and pitfalls in this process
  • Discuss some different case study examples of the varying types of community facility partnerships and the opportunities that they provide for positive learning outcomes.

2:30 pm

  • Challenges faced when creating community-use programs of school facilities
  • Current programs and protocols
  • Determining the student and communal benefits from shared facilities

3:10 pm

Afternoon tea and networking break


3:40 pm

  • Update on standards impacting children’s play areas in schools
  • Ensuring compliance with the code
  • Examples of best practice and innovation in playground design and application


4:15 pm

Session Objective: To share the student and teacher journey of redesign from a 40 year old classroom to a flexible and future focussed learning environment.

Influencing Factors:

  • Children – Who were they? How did they rise to the challenge? Who did they become?
  • Curriculum – How did we stay true to the requirements of the curriculum without overloading our timetable?
  • Logistics – How were we resourced? Who supported us along the way?
  • Legacy – What has been the lasting impact?

4:50 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

5:00 pm

Networking drinks

9:00 am

Opening Remarks from the Chair


9:10 am

Session Objective: To unpack the findings of the three-year Towards Effective Learning Environments in Catholic Schools project, supported Catholic Education Melbourne and Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta. This session will report the findings of the project as-well-as explore the implications for designers, educators and policy makers.

  • What types of spaces are working for teachers and students?
  • How are cultures of practice in primary and secondary schools influencing ‘what’s working’?
  • How are the relationships between spatial design and the practices, activities and behaviours of teachers and students influencing ‘what’s working’?

9:45 am

  • Repurposing old spaces for 21st Century teaching and learning – Claremont College
  • Principles for innovative design and the enhancement of student outcomes
  • Stakeholder engagement to ensure for sustained change and success
  • Benefits for educational compliance

10:20 am

Session Objective: This session will explore how the learning landscape is evolving for architects, educators and policy makes. It will unpack strategies that can be adopted to support a cultural shift in education and extend perspectives of how to make innovative learning environments successful.

  • Emphasise the importance of co-creative processes from project conception to design development and completion
  • Discuss initiatives to support the cultural shift of creating new learning environments
  • Share exemplar case study projects that have benefited from implementing co-created initiatives

10:55 am

Morning tea and networking break


11:25 am

Banyule Nillumbik Tech School

Melika Grigg-Baycan, Associate, Tectura Architects

Marc Blanks, Executive Director, Tech Schools - Banyule-Nillumbik and Whittlesea, Melbourne Polytechnic


12:00 pm

This session will cover current trends in education that impact on how children interact with 21st Century learning spaces. The talk will also include children’s participation rights within their learning environments and would draw on examples from a range of schools in both Germany and Western Australia.

12:35 pm

Lunch and networking break


1:35 pm

  • Hannah Arendt school historical context presentation (XV century cluster)
  • Contemporary pedagogy and teaching methods
  • Light as a source of life
  • Underground technologies

2:15 pm

Session Objective: Using the Inner Sydney High School as a case study, this session will explore the impact of a more vertical typology on how a typical high school may be realised today and in the future as our cities become increasingly denser.

  • Recommendations and assumption for vertical schools
  • How we can learn from other typologies
  • Ideas for a basic tool kit to start the design process

2:50 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

3:00 pm

End of Conference


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Ross Treadwell

Executive Director, Infrastructure, Department for Education

Senior Representative, NSW Department of Education – School Infrastructure

James Gutteridge

Partner, The School Transformation Group

Jamie Dorrington

Headmaster, Saint Stephen's College

Amanda Robinson

Co-CEO, Marshall Day Acoustics

Simon Le Nepveu

Partner, ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects

Anna Barclay

Director, Urbis

Rob Nelson

Principal, Bannockburn P-12 College

Kay Lockhart

Manager, Kidsafe NSW Playground Advisory Unit

Karen O’Connell

Teacher, Education Queensland

Dr. Benjamin Cleveland

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

Doug Thomas

Principal, Claremont College

Kit Ku

Associate, Hayball

Andrew Fong

Architect, Hayball

Melika Grigg-Baycan

Associate, Tectura Architects

Marc Blanks

Executive Director, Tech Schools - Banyule-Nillumbik and Whittlesea, Melbourne Polytechnic

Dr. Fiona Mayne

Lecturer in Technology Education (Early Childhood/Primary), The University of Western Australia

Senior Representative, CLEAA Claudio Lucchin & Architetti Associati, Italy

Elizabeth Carpenter

Managing Principal, FJMT Studio

when & where

21 - 22 May 2019

Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
328 Flinders St
Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9250 1888

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Click here or call on 02 8585 0808.


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Jamie Elekman
Conference Manager
+61 (02) 9080 4429

Andrew Sinkovich
Sponsorship Manager
+61 (02) 9080 4008

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