Tuesday 24 August – Friday 1 October 2021
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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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  • 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 (Cairns, 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)
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  • CPD – Back to School: Designing for Primary and Secondary Education


Rosan Bosch

Founder and Creative Director, Rosan Bosch Studio

Rosan Bosch is an artist and designer revolutionizing learning spaces across the globe. Her Copenhagen-based studio has become a worldwide key referent for educational innovation. She is world-renowned for saying “designing a better world starts at school.”

Rosan's passion to change and develop education originates with her children’s education. She witnessed how they were losing their innate curiosity and creativity in an environment that imposed on them a tedious and passive way of learning. Since then, she has used design as a tool to create spaces that motivate students to “learn how to learn.”

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Rachel Neeson

Director, Neeson Murcutt and Neille

Rachel Neeson is a director of the architecture practice Neeson Murcutt and Neille. Rachel studied architecture at the University of Sydney, graduating with the University Medal in 1993. She was awarded the Board of Architects 2002 Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship and completed a Master of Architecture in Barcelona.

Rachel is currently a professor of practice at the University of New South Wales and serves on the City of Sydney Design Advisory Panel.

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Meagan Killer

Director of Youth Engagement, Queensland Government Department of Education

Meagan Killer has been the director of youth engagement for the Queensland Government Department of Education since 2017 and has overseen the FlexiSpace initiative from its conceptualization to implementation. Meagan plays a key role in realizing the Department of Education’s mission to develop and implement key policy directions and initiatives to support all young Queenslanders in remaining engaged in study or work, particularly those who are disengaged or at risk of disengagement.

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Clare Newton

Associate Professor, University of Melbourne

As an architect and doctor of education, Clare brings expertise to the design and occupation of learning spaces. Clare is a founding member of LEaRN at the University of Melbourne and initiated the new Graduate Certificate in Design for Health and Wellbeing. She co-developed six subjects for designers and non-designers to critically evaluate built environments for learning, productivity, sustainability, ageing or wellbeing.

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