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Educational Design: Independent Schools

Wednesday 12 June, 1pm-3pm

This seminar will explore the context of the 'Educational Design Space' in independent schools looking at different perspectives and insights into independent educational design and project delivery from industry professionals; Architectus, Law Architects and Gray Puksand.

Chaired by: Dr. Ben Cleveland, Senior Lecturer in Architecture & Associate Director, LEaRN Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne 



Sandy Law, Director - Law Architects

Sandy is the Managing Director of Law Architects, an award winning Melbourne based Design practice. Focusing her career around Educational, Community, and Institutional projects she maintains a passion for processes that empower the groups inhabiting those places, alert to the need for spatial agility and the inevitable evolution of place over time. 

A skilled space planner with strength in communicating and translating ideas, Sandy supplies director involvement and accountability to all projects, having led many large and small projects into fruition. Sandy is recognised and active in the profession and has been heavily involved in elevating the discourse between Educators and Designers on places for learning. She is a committed long term member of the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), as a Victorian Chair for numerous years, and an Australasian Board Member.  She was selected as juror for the International award program where she partook in the judging of numerous and diverse educational facilities globally.

Recently she partook in the Great Learning Debate at Monash University. Sandy’s work life is sustained by a strong belief that spaces have the power to transform, heal and enable connection to community and environment.  

Jenni Webster, Senior Associate - Law Architects

Jenni has been working as an Architect in the educational space for more than 20 years, including a 6 year sojourn in the USA where she worked on a diverse range of projects including a refurbishment of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC and redevelopment of Pratt Institute in New York City. Jenni returned to Melbourne with passion for designing for sustainable educational communities and managed the secondary school design team at Spowers for many years. Her commitment to environmentally sustainable design enabled Williamstown High School to achieve the first 5 Star Green Star rating for a public school in Victoria.

Jenni has worked at Law Architects since 2010 and is focused on the holistic delivery of projects including the complexities of multiple stakeholder engagement. Recently projects under Jenni’s direction include the Woodleigh School Homestead project which had an extensive 12 month pedagogical consultation process in association with the University of Melbourne's LEarn team. Jenni is a past committee member of A4LE and has been a tutor at the University of Melbourne’s School of Design where she is involved in the ongoing discussion on pedagogy and the relationship between good design & better learning outcomes. 

Dr. Kellee Frith, Education Environments Strategist - Architectus

Kellee is a resident Education Design Strategist with Architectus, where her core role is to facilitate meaningful collaboration and effective communication between education communities and education designers (including architects, interior designers and landscape architects). Drawing on her experience as a tertiary educator, communications designer and researcher, Kellee clearly articulates the links between pedagogy and design, and identifies design opportunities for the physical learning environment to support and promote rich, diverse and connected learning and teaching experiences.

Kellee’s strategic practice is underpinned by doctoral research that examines the potential of interior environments to support new cultures of learning and teaching. Kellee has been a juror and panel chair for the Victorian Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE, formerly CEFPI), Educational Facilities Awards. Her ongoing involvement with A4LE includes the development of resources to promote collaboration between education and design communities.

John Sprunt, Principal - Architectus

John has been with Architectus since 2010, as a Principal since 2013, and almost exclusively in a role leading the schools team in the Melbourne office. With a client-facing role he facilitates the delivery of projects from inception to completion, with a focus on design outcomes that benefit learners.  John has a keen interest in the human side of architecture, whether as an examiner for the ARBV, working with clients and consultants, or supporting younger and aspiring architects to grow professionally. He is interested in how people use spaces, and how architecture is fundamentally the way we frame space (for learning).  

In recent years, working closely with Paulo Sampaio as design lead, John has worked on significant school projects for Loreto Toorak, St Michael’s Grammar and Carey Grammar School. For the last 12 months John has led the delivery team for 10 new schools for VSBA in growth area locations around Melbourne and Geelong, and prior led the joint venture of Architectus and Schmidt Hammer Lassen through the design phases of the State Library Re-development. 


speaker to be confirmed, Gray Puksand



This seminar provides one formal CPD point per hour on completion of set assessment. (Two formal points are available).


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Ticket Costs
A+ Members $35
Members $40
Graduate Member $20
SONA Member $15

Non Member $60



Australian Institute of Architects
Victorian Chapter
Level 1, 41 Exhibition Street Melbourne
T: 03 8620 3866 
E: vic@architecture.com.au



1. The Victorian Chapter has the right to cancel or alter the dates, speakers or venue of an event. 2. In the event of cancellation, bookings will be transferred to the next available event unless the registrant requests otherwise. 3. No cancellations or refunds two (2) working days prior to the event. 4. People attending in replace of the registered person must pay the ticket fee associated with their membership type. 5. Please note that start and end times are an estimation. Some seminars may finish earlier or later than the proposed time.

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