Tuesday 31 August 2021
12.00 pm – 2.00 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 primary and secondary education 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 SH Kindergarten And Nursery in Toyama, Japan, by Youji no Shiro. Photography by Ryuji Inoue.


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  • Child’s Play: Designing for Early Learning
    From the Montessori to Reggio Emilia method, there is a wide range of pedagogical
    approaches for early education, yet all share the common goal of providing high quality academic and developmental outcomes for our children. With early learning centres being one of the first formal educational experiences a child has, how can we ensure the built environment positively influences our youngest learners’ relationship with education? Speakers in this session will discuss the importance of joy when designing spaces for problem solving and play.
  • 11.50am Welcome
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  • 12.00 pm Presentation 1
    Dr. Sandra Duncan, Inspiring Spaces Early Childhood Environmental Design, (Michigan, USA) with Faith Swickward, Wittman Estes Architecture and Landscape (Seattle, USA)
  • 12.20 pm Presentation 2
    Fiona Robbé, Fiona Robbé Landscape Architects (Sydney, NSW)
  • 12.40 pm Presentation 3
    Taku Hibino, Youji no Shiro (Kanagawa, Japan)
  • 1.00 pm Dissection
    An hour-long panel discussion with Dr. Sandra Duncan, Faith Swickard, Fiona Robbé and Taku Hibino, moderated by Natalia Krysiak from Hayball (Sydney, NSW).
  • 2.00 pm Session 2 concludes
    Return to the Design Speaks home page to see the full program

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