Wednesday 18 May – Friday 12 August 2022


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This session was originally presented as part of Old School / New School 2021.

Education is one of the most powerful investments for our future. For individuals, education can lead to a path of empowerment and employment, and at a larger scale it can have a significant impact on a nation’s economic return. With this in mind, how can architectural agency promote positive learning experiences and outcomes for all levels of education? In this edition of Old School New School, we hear from leading practitioners, researchers and educators from Australia and abroad as they discuss and interrogate architecture’s role in the future of education.


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Event Coordinator Header Image Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building and Louis A. Simpson International Building, Princeton University in New Jersey, USA, by KPMB Architects. Photography by Adrien Williams.


  • On Campus: Designing for Tertiary Education
    The city campus is on the rise. Tertiary buildings weaved into the urban fabric aim to cross-pollinate academia and industry. How can architects ensure “innovation” is not just an architectural trend, but a design strategy that creates meaningful and effective contributions to our cities? Speakers in this session will share processes and projects that are redefining our understanding of what a tertiary building can offer.
  • Session Information
    Shirley Blumberg, KPMB (Toronto, Canada)
    Rufus Black, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania (Hobart, Tas)
    Hazel Porter, Woods Bagot (Melbourne, Vic)

    Presentations are followed by a panel discussion moderated by Mark Roehrs from Hassell (Brisbane, Qld).
  • CPD Questions – On Campus: Designing for Tertiary Education


Shirley Blumberg

Founding Partner, KPMB Architects

Shirley Blumberg is a founding partner of KPMB Architects and a member of the Order of Canada for contributions to architecture and community. She has designed many of the firm’s award-winning cultural, academic, and mixed-use development projects.

Her academic projects include the Julis Romo Rabinowitz and Louis A. Simpson International Building at Princeton University; the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre and Ponderosa Hub, both at the University of British Columbia; and the Centre for International Governance Innovation Campus in Waterloo Ontario, which was the recipient of an American Institute of Architects Honor Award, a Royal Institute of British Architects International Award and Canada’s Governor General’s Medal.

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Rufus Black

Vice-Chancellor, University of Tasmania

Rufus Black is the vice-chancellor and president of the University of Tasmania. Previously, he was master of Melbourne University’s Ormond College, an enterprise professor in the Department of Management and Marketing, and a principal fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne.

Rufus’s private sector experience includes nine years as a partner at McKinsey and Company, serving clients in Australia and Asia, and as a director for national law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth. His educational and social sector experience includes being the president of Museums Victoria, the deputy chancellor of Victoria University, the founding chair of the Board of Teach for Australia, a director of the New York based Teach for All and a director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

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Hazel Porter

Principal, Design Leader, Woods Bagot

Hazel Porter is Woods Bagot’s design leader for Melbourne Connect, Australia’s first innovation precinct. The purpose of Melbourne Connect is to facilitate collaboration between partners – researchers, industry, government, entrepreneurs and creatives – and the social and physical sciences to enhance learning, experimentation and the outcomes of research. Woods Bagot led the masterplanning and architectural design of the buildings, working with Lendlease, the University of Melbourne, Urbanest and Hayball.

An architect with over 19 years of experience, Hazel is attracted to projects that transfer knowledge and research across typologies. Her architectural and master planning expertise includes an uncommon diversity of projects and extends across commercial, residential, lifestyle, and education developments. She is tenacious when it comes to collaborative problem solving, testing and retesting to resolve design issues, challenging conventional and technical boundaries.

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Mark Roehrs

Sector Leader – Education and Science, Hassell

Mark Roehrs is the global leader for the education and science sector at Hassell. Hassell is currently working with universities and research organizations across Australia to expand its Asia, UK and USA education and science business.

As an architect with 30 years of experience in the sector, Mark provides knowledge and leadership to Hassell’s multi-disciplinary design teams, working across campus masterplanning and building design. He is highly regarded by university clients for his strategic thinking and innovative briefing, with projects such as the Ecosciences Precinct, UQ Advanced Engineering Building and UQ Global Change Institute recognized by the Australian Institute of Architects’ national awards.

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