31 October - 01 November, 2017 | Rydges Sydney Central , Sydney, Australia

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 31 October 2017

8:30 am - 8:55 am Registration and Morning Tea

8:55 am - 9:00 am Opening Remarks from The Chair

9:00 am - 9:40 am The Challenge of Prioritising Projects in a Major Campus Redevelopment Program

David Perry, Director, Campus Development,University of Otago
The University of Otago recently commenced a major Strategic Capital Works Program currently worth NZ$630M with further potential projects to be added. The focus is two fold, future growth and the requirements of the different faculties. Most of the current building stock was built in the 60s and 70s and coming to the end of their lifecycle. The challenge lies in identifying which projects to prioritise over the others when faced with limited time and resources. This session will explore the journey so far.

  • Creating a prioritisation framework: Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 projects
  • Planning a strategy for future growth
  • Collaborating with different faculties to ensure the master plan is aligned with their objectives

David Perry

Director, Campus Development
University of Otago

9:40 am - 10:20 am Footscray Learning Precinct: Understanding How Australia’s Largest Educational Precinct is Going to Transform Teaching and Learning

Sarah Buckeridge, Director,Hayball Lisa Horton, Associate,Hayball
Located in one of Melbourne’s major growth corridors, the precinct presents an opportunity to drive economic transformation through education. Spread across five separate sites in three distinct precincts. The master plan includes an early childhood centre, junior secondary school, a vertical school in Seddon, and a number of refurbishments to existing primary schools in the area and a new Victoria University Campus.

  • Understanding how education can unlock economic growth
  • Partnering with the government to optimize growth driven by education
  • Exploring the master plan and its focus on driving better economic outcome

Sarah Buckeridge



Lisa Horton


10:20 am - 10:40 am Speed Networking

10:40 am - 11:10 am Morning Tea

iGen or the dotcom generation were born in the 00’s and are currently at the cusp of entering University. These future students have been born into the digital age where screens and technology are the norm. They are comfortable with few walls, boundaries and separation. They blur the lines between online and face to face interactions. And they like owning their education and learning. This session will explore, planning and developing a campus that drives teaching and learning and behavioural outcomes for this generation.

  • Understanding the iGen: motivations, characteristics and goals
  • Using design to drive better behavioural and learning outcomes
  • Leveraging technology to improve the campus experience
  • Connecting the classroom with the outdoors

Anne Knock

Director of Development, Sydney Centre for Innovation and Learning
Northern Beaches Christian School


John Andreas

WMK Architecture


Dr Donna Wheatley

Director – Workplace and Education Strategy
WMK Architecture

11:50 am - 12:30 pm Leveraging Technology to Embed Flexibility and Activate Better Experiences on Campus

With each passing year students are becoming increasing digital; demanding and expecting technology lead experiences. Emerging technology such as virtual reality/augmented reality, internet of things and intelligent automation improve student experiences and teaching/learning experiences. To ensure that they continue to be first choice for the digital natives campus precincts need to effectively embed new technologies to both learning and teaching spaces and student areas.

  • Identifying key areas for Universities to leverage technology
  • Creating strategies to improve flexibility and improve space utilization
  • Ensuring that the campus infrastructure can support new technologies

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch

1:30 pm - 2:10 pm Spatial Pedagogy: Optimising the Utility and Activation of Campus Assets

Khoa Do, Associate Professor of Architecture, Fellow at the Curtin Academy,,Curtin University
Large lecture theatres with tiered seating and iconic buildings are one of the cornerstones of University campuses. However they sometimes represent a waste of space. Especially as a growing number of teaching staff and students are increasingly favouring blending and online learning. This session will explore how to embed flexibility into campus spaces to enable multifunctionality and cost effectiveness.

  • Identifying areas of wasted space within University campus and embedding flexibility
  • Creating a roadmap for flexibility and a multiple purpose campus to optimize space utilization
  • Strategies to retrofit and fit-out to optimize space activation

Khoa Do

Associate Professor of Architecture, Fellow at the Curtin Academy,
Curtin University

2:10 pm - 2:50 pm Creating a Campus ‘Feel’ and Creating a Sense of Belonging in a Vertical Campus

High density urban areas and high property prices are moving Universities upwards. However the vertical campuses aren’t associated with a traditional teaching and learning experience. This session will explore how one can recreate the ambience of an open, horizontal campus within a vertical building.

  • Creating the ambience of a campus: Building a sense of belonging and interaction
  • Activating a great student experience in a vertical space
  • Playing with light and landscape to recreate a horizontal campus
  • How does one best manage circulation and interaction within a vertical environment

2:50 pm - 3:20 pm Afternoon tea and Networking

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm NeW Space, The University of Newcastle: Developing Contemporary Learning Spaces to Maximise Collaboration and Optimise the Use of Technology

James Wilson, Director,Lyons
NeW Space is a $95 million landmark education precinct under development by the University of Newcastle in the heart of Newcastle’s CBD. The precinct will host a range of Universitysupported activities including: business and law programs; digital library services and information commons; collaborative learning, research spaces and social learning spaces. Developed as a technology-rich and engaging demonstrator site, NeW Space will provide a unique platform for staff to develop and test innovative ideas to deliver a ‘next generation’ University experience for students. The project encompassed 14,000 sqm with a dedicated ‘gathering’ space and campus green to the lower levels for University and community use, as well as a series of ‘urban rooms’ connecting the inhabitants to key Newcastle landmarks.

  • Investigating learning spaces that encourage and drive collaboration
  • Understanding how to leverage technology to drive better learning and partnership outcomes
  • Embedding flexibility to optimize space utilisation

James Wilson


4:00 pm - 4:40 pm Aligning the Campus with Teaching and Learning Strategy to Activate Great Student Experiences

Meaghan Dwyer, Principal,John Wardle Architects
This session will address teaching and learning outcomes, student experience and way finding to increase campus stickiness. The Clayton Campus Master Plan aims to unlock contemporary teaching and learning objectives and understanding the pedagogy. The Clayton Campus is being developed as an iconic cornerstone not only activating great student experiences but also being a way finder.

  • Understanding and consolidating teaching and learning outcomes across different outcomes
  • Activating great student experiences
  • Engaging with stakeholders and academics
  • Strategies to improve stickiness

Meaghan Dwyer

John Wardle Architects

4:40 pm - 5:20 pm Champagne Interactive Group Discussions

Table One

4:40 pm - 5:20 pm Embedding Sustainability into the Campus Master Plan

Table Two

4:40 pm - 5:20 pm Developing Effective End-to-End Stakeholder Communication and Engagement Channels

Table Three

4:40 pm - 5:20 pm Urban Vertical Campuses: Striking a Balance Between Space Utilization and A College, Community Feel

5:20 pm - 5:25 pm End of Conference Day One

5:25 pm - 5:25 pm Networking Drinks