Tuesday 24 August 2021
3.00 pm – 5.00 pm (AEST)


Design Speaks Virtual Portal
Virtual Event


Each session includes one hour of presentations and an hour-long live panel discussion.

One session (2 formal CPD points): $90
Two sessions (4 formal CPD points): $180
Three sessions (6 formal CPD points): $230

Tickets may be purchased up until 24 September. Delegates can view all three sessions on demand in their portal up until 1 October. Other sessions in this program explore designing for early learning and designing for tertiary education.

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Program Info

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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Events Manager Header Image Western Academy Of Beijing by Rosan Bosch Studio. Photography by Kim Wendt.


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  • Back to School: Designing for Primary and Secondary Education
    Schools are mini ecosystems of our greater communities, capturing a range of backgrounds, cultures and demographics into one institution. With diverse individuals comes a variety in learning styles and capabilities. How can architects create learning spaces that are equitable and engaging for all enrolled? And what role does architecture play in facilitating a school’s culture and values? Speakers in this session will present research and evidence-based case studies that explore how design can influence the learning experience and environment for both students and teachers.
  • 2.50 pm Welcome
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  • 3.00 pm Presentation 1
    Rosan Bosch, Rosan Bosch Studio (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • 3.20 pm Presentation 2
    Rachel Neeson, Neeson Murcutt and Neille (Sydney, NSW)
  • 3.40 pm Presentation 3
    Meagan Killer, Queensland Government Department of Education (Brisbane, Qld) with Bruce Houghton and Adam Catalano, Bentley Park College (Brisbane, Qld)
  • 4.00 pm Dissection
    An hour-long panel discussion with Rosan Bosch, Rachel Neeson and Meagan Killer.
    Moderator: Clare Newton, University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Vic)
    Return to the Design Speaks home page to see the full program

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