Dr Ben Cleveland, University of Melbourne, joined us recently for an education forum with educators and designers in Brisbane. DR organised the forum in collaboration with our client John Paul College, one of the state’s largest independent schools. The objective was to set some challenging and forward looking foundations for a new master plan project.
Dr Cleveland spoke about how changing approaches to teaching and learning impact on what’s required of education designers. The forum speakers also included other educators, designers and a sustainability specialist.
DR has completed master plans for state and independent schools here in Queensland and in Victoria. The curated forum is a strategy the practice uses to create a strong foundation for new master plan projects, drawing on currrent research and the thinking of leading educators.
Dr Ben Cleveland is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, and is Associate Director of the Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN). He currently leads a new reseach project ‘Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs’. The project aims to support school systems and planning authorities to rethink how schools engage with local communities.
DR is active in this area of education research, having worked with the Community Hubs and Partnerships team in Queensland to explore the concept of community hubs in regional and metropolitan settings.
Photography: Agi Davis