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University Planning, Design & Construction Conference

Buildings and beyond: exploring innovative campus design and collaborative development

20-21 June 2019 | Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne

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Campus buildings make up an enormous portion of the iconic university experience, due to their unique designs, capabilities, maintenance requirements, and functions in the community. While we won’t deny the part technology has played in digital infrastructure, essentially transforming traditional course delivery, library resources, and student services, we still must place importance on providing buildings that are fit-for-purpose and that appeal to the current generation of learners. These spaces play the irreplaceable role of retaining university identity, attracting world-class students and faculty, and promoting 21st century learning.

There are over 1.5 million students enrolled in Australian higher education, with predictions to steadily increase over the next decade. The influx is putting increasing pressure on university and city infrastructure, pushing all stakeholders to seek out consultation, collaborations, and best practices to thrive.

A range of case studies will be featured from leading universities, helping us understand the expectation vs reality to implementing the largest and most advanced university projects.

Topics include:

  • Masterplan execution and effective strategic plans
  • Academic incubators
  • Student housing and Passive House Standards
  • Innovative learning environments
  • Transportation engineering
  • Renewable energy

The conference will emphasise university partnerships, and how, in every situation, there is opportunity to share resources and create value. When we join forces, with government, businesses or other campus departments, we are encouraging the exchange of ideas (by creating spaces for all). Without the separations of industry, age, and resource availability, the possibilities are endless.

Expansion and change—is your university up to the test?


9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Jon Hickman, Principal, Jon Hickman Strategy and Implementation


9:10 am

Session Objective: To uncover the key trends as evidenced within Australian University Strategic Plans and good practice in creating strategic plans

—— Highlight the key challenges facing the university sector
—— Discuss the common education strategic priorities as outlined within Australian University Strategic Plans
—— Outline collaborative approaches to developing strategic plans utilising a partnership approach


9:45 am

The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus is embedded within the World Heritage listed ‘West End of Fremantle, a largely intact Victorian-era port city. The UNDA sought to re-energise its presence within this urban heritage fabric, whilst activating and engaging with the broader Fremantle community. A campus activation strategy was developed by The Fulcrum.Agency, and followed up with an award-winning transformation of Prindiville Hall to become a student hub in the centre of the campus.

This session will describe the design and engagement strategies used to connect the city fabric, student life and the bustling port-side traders across the entirety of the campus, and how a targeted catalyst project can be used to kick-start that transformation.

10:20 am

Networking and refreshment break


10:50 am

Session Objective: Harnessing the power and momentum of Government and Industry by repositioning a University’s Masterplan, into a key value creation opportunity for Cities

—— Background to the University’s Masterplan
—— The challenges faced in getting Government and Industry traction
—— The repositioning of the concept of value from a University-centric view, to a wider lens of value creation and capture
—— The impact of this repositioning in gaining Government and Industry attention and partnerships

11:25 am

Space optimisation and efficient use of a limited budget is a proven challenge for institutions everywhere. The rise of technology has led to the development of using data to help tackle this issue. Data-Driven Design is an emerging methodology by HDR that connects the built environment to predictive analytics and operational design through computational design. HDR helps to unlock the power of data to inform planning and growth projections. They integrate computational design, data analytics and operations design to assist in ‘smarter’ master planning. In this session, we take a look at:

  • Utilising data to plan for growth through understanding existing assets, planning objectives and growth
  • Identifying planning priorities based on future growth
  • Understanding the colocation of researchers based on research output to assist in driving collaboration
  • Harnessing utilisation to “real-time” test and plan for usage and growth to allow improved management of capital budgets

12:00 pm

Australia’s largest project to combine both cross laminated timber construction and target Passive House, Monash University Peninsula Accommodation delivers 150 contemporary student apartments to the heart of its campus setting. The project delivers on the Monash Masterplan ambition for an activated, vibrant and sustainable campus that contributes to the University’s Net Zero Ambition.

12:35 pm

Lunch and networking break


1:35 pm

—— Strategies for General Purpose and Specialised Classroom design
—— Digital technology impact on design

2:10 pm

Meet other attendees and speakers during this guided interactive networking session

2:40 pm

Session Objective: Learn the basic principles of Academic Incubators for large or small institutions. Create environments that take the innovation beyond the walls of the incubators and influence the entire campus community.

—— Academic Incubators are the hottest trend on Universities across the globe, but what makes them successful might surprise you. Spoiler alert: It’s not just about the design
—— Creating a robust tool kit of incubator-type spaces can change the culture of your institution. See how other campuses have thought how to implement this and the data that supports investments in key, strategic high-impact locations across your campus
—— How do I market my space to current and prospective students? How do you create partnerships within the campus and with the industry?
—— What are the essentials of an academic incubator? Do you need a new facility or can you renovate an existing one?

3:20 pm

Networking and refreshment break

4:20 pm

Session Objective: We will explore the critical conditions of the STEM project – what is unique about the STEM laboratory of the future – Pan-faculty organisation, blended multidisciplinary learning and research, creative collaboration and making, flexible and adaptable briefs, industry driven applied research outcomes.

What key challenges face Universities and the design team in the design of the new STEM environment? Cohort, Technology, Pedagogy, Operational.

As design and procurement professionals, how can one design and deliver something which is undefined, subject to change, likely to be procured untraditionally, and operated differently than most faculty-based laboratory projects.

What might the ‘lab of the future’ look like?

4:55 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

5:05 pm

Networking drinks

9:00 am

Opening remarks from the Chair

Sarah Backhouse, Principal, Talking Space and Research Associate, Learning Environments Applied Research Network, The University of Melbourne


9:10 am

The traditional campus model is becoming unsustainable. Not only is the higher education sector a mature market with slow growth, its margins are also being squeezed by government funding pressures and increased operating costs. University estates and infrastructure strategies, which have remained largely unchanged for decades, are now on the frontline of innovation – with the potential to recycle or leverage more than $10 billion of property assets. James will discuss the impact of trends influencing the education sector and how real estate portfolios need to adapt to support 21st century delivery and strengthen university balance sheets.


9:45 am

Session Objective:

  • Outline the strategic drivers behind the fit-out and occupation of space for corporate support staff at Deakin University.
  • Identify the successful strategies to provide an efficient and engaging workspace for three disparate groups.
  • Review the development of the Workspace Transformation Strategy and how it is evolving to meet strategic University needs.


  • The session will give a background behind the reason why the groups were selected to collocate
  • Document the briefing and stakeholder engagement process employed by the University to plan the space
  • Outline the journey undertaken by Deakin in workspace transformation strategy
  • Outline the policies, strategies, tools and processes that are and will be employed in the future of campus workspace planning at Deakin.

10:20 am

Networking and refreshment break


10:40 am

Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast Campus is situated at the Gold Coast Airport. The partnership between the two is strengthened by joint master planning, collaborations and marketing opportunities. Discussions will include the design and construction of the newly opened building C at the Southern Cross University site.

The Coffs Harbour Education Campus is a unique partnership between Southern Cross University, North Coast TAFE and Coffs Harbour Senior College. The new SCU Allied Health Building at this site is near completion. This session will also highlight the relationship between the indigenous community/stakeholders and the design of the building which includes dual signage, outdoor teaching space and a medicinal/herbal garden.

11:15 am

Objective: Co-designing innovation to maximise impact

  • Context of change in Parramatta/Westmead, in Universities, in Health and beyond
  • What is happening elsewhere in Australia and around the world?
  • Why a Living Lab?
  • How will we execute


11:50 am

Session Objective: The objective of the session will be to demonstrate the importance of existing conditions traffic and transport data to inform the planning and design of university facilities.

—— The process used to assess the traffic impacts associated with relocation of the University of Tasmania from the Newnham Campus to Inveresk in Launceston, Tasmania will be used to show how existing conditions transport and geographic data was used to assess the potential traffic impacts associated with the relocation and the determination of infrastructure upgrades required to support the relocation
—— The use of the existing conditions data to assess likely changes in travel behaviour and determine associated traffic impacts will be explained
—— The process through which mitigation treatments were identified will also be outline

12:25 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:20 pm

Attendees and speakers will join a small, interactive discussion group of their choosing that will expand on one of the major themes of the conference


1:45 pm

Session objective: Understanding the pace of change. Action on greenhouse gas emissions will see dramatic changes over the next two decades in the way we use energy. This is well within the design life of university buildings being built today.

  • Australia is installing renewable energy per capita faster than anywhere in the world
  • Low carbon electricity will drive Australia’s emission reductions beyond the electricity sector
  • Elimination of emissions from transport and gas will lead to significant changes in electricity usage on campus


2:20 pm

The University of Canberra has a bold vision to be a leading example by 2030 of how a modern university created a new community where people, young and old, live an educated life.

  • Find out why the University is transforming its campus into a vibrant, living and learning community.
    Over 2,800 new sustainable homes and related infrastructure will be developed on campus across the next 15 years creating a community where students, staff and residents intermingle.
  • Discover how the University is innovating in its collaboration with industry to pursue its unique vision.
    Already, a new hospital and health facilities are open on campus, new aged care and child care facilities are under construction, and new collaborations with industry are taking shape.
  • Hear how this development is enhancing the experience of students and researchers.
    The opportunities to integrate student experiences and research initiatives into the campus developments are boundless. The University has ambitious goals that place the student experience at the centre, in turn benefiting the broader community.

2:55 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

3:05 pm

End of Conference and Afternoon Tea


Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2395+GSTEarly Bird
  • Early bird rate expires 15 April 2019


Simon Topliss

Associate Director, JCB Architects

Dave Broz

Global Education, Civic & Cultural Principal, Gensler

Andrew Vamvakaris

Director, Property & Economic Development, La Trobe University

Vicki Williams

Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President, Finance & Infrastructure, University of Canberra

Madelaine-Marie Judd

Student Partners Adviser, The University of Queensland

Jon Hickman

Principal, Jon Hickman Strategy and Implementation

James Brennan

Director- Real Estate Advisory Services, EY

Ross Mannering

Principal Roads and Traffic Engineer, pitt&sherry

Neil Appleton

Director, Lyons

David Hadley

Manager, Built Infrastructure Projects, Southern Cross University

Emma Williamson

CEO, TheFulcrum.Agency

Kieran Wong

Principal, TheFulcrum.Agency

Merv Shortt

Manager, Major Projects, The University of Western Australia

Hamilton Wilson

Managing Director, Wilson Architects

Dr. Andrew Black

Director, The Living Lab, Westmead, The University of Sydney

Professor Andrew Western

Director of Infrastructure, Melbourne School of Engineering, and Professor, Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne

Amanda Harris

General Manager, Design and Development, Infrastructure and Property Group, Deakin University

Terry Roche

General Manager, Infrastructure Planning and Utilisation, Infrastructure and Property Group, Deakin University

Graeme Spencer

Associate Director of Education, Science & Technology, HDR

Dr. Matthew Stocks

Research Fellow, Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering, ANU

PROFESSOR Angela Carbone

Associate Dean Learning Innovation, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology, Swinburne University of Technology

Sarah Backhouse

Principal, Talking Space and Research Associate, Learning Environments Applied Research Network, The University of Melbourne

Dr. Rob Brimblecombe

Manager, Engineering & Sustainability, Buildings and Property Division, Monash University

when & where

20 - 21 Jun 2019

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

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Conference Manager
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