Architecture Media's Design Speaks Series

14 October 2014


SHAPE was the principal partner at the Design Speaks: Workplace/Worklife event that was held on 15 July, in Melbourne at the Spring Street Conference Centre. The one day forum brought together Australasia’s leading workplace practitioners to discuss the issues shaping workplace design, share experiences and speculate on the possible future of workplace design.

The three key note speakers of David Gianotten (Partner, OMA Hong Kong), Remi Ayoko (Senior lecturer, The University of Queensland Business School) and Timothy Sharp (Founder, The Happiness Institute) discussed the effect of globalisation, strategy and community. This year’s panel chairs; Natalie Slessor (Head of workplace, Lend Lease,) Tim Hooson (Principal, Jasmax) and Bill Dowzer (Principal, BVN Donovan Hill) and panellists Nicole Fitzgerald (Physical lead, Thrive, Medibank) Troy Roderick (Head of diversity and inclusion, Telstra) and Laurie Aznavoorian (Workplace strategist) moderated the discussions to encourage debate and engagement between subject matter experts.

SHAPE’s partnership with Architecture Media and their Design Speaks series ensures we remain at the forefront of understanding commercial insights, trends and challenges, and allows us to continue our collaboration with consultants, enabling us to provide our clients with the best service. 

Old School/New School 

The second event of the Design Speaks series was held last Tuesday, 14 October with SHAPE as the principal partner. The Old School/New School forum at the AGL Theatre, Museum of Sydney brought together Australasia’s leading education design practitioners, educators and researchers to consider the past, present and future of education design.

The first session included key-note speaker Kim Herforth Nielsen (founder and principal, 3XN), who addressed how architecture shapes behaviour, followed by a moderated panel discussion lead by Michael Keniger (former senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland) and panellist Patrick Woods (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Resources, University of Technology, Sydney) on delivering innovative teaching and learning spaces.

Bridging the gap between architecture and learning was presented by the second key-note speaker Julia Atkin (Education and Learning Consultant, Learning by Design) with the moderated panel discussing how design can serve the needs of highly connected students.The day finished with a presentation by Steven Cook (Principal, Albert Park College) discussing systems and space that shape teaching and learning.

This unique forum allows educators and designers to gather together to understand insights from their colleagues and peers, as well as hear from industry researchers and advocates regarding topical and current issues surrounding education design. 

This entry was posted on Tuesday, 14 October 2014.

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