On Campus: Designing for Tertiary Education
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.