Domremy College Nano Nagle Learning Centre wins Educational Architecture Award at the AIA NSW Architecture Awards

06 July 2022

Authored by Hayball

We are thrilled to share that the Nano Nagle Learning Centre at Domremy College was recognised at the 2022 AIA NSW Architecture Awards as a winner in the Educational Architecture category.

The NNLC was developed through an extensive co-creation and collaboration process with the school, Sydney Catholic Schools, stakeholders, and a range of technical experts. Hayball would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire team for their passion and commitment towards delivering this empowering learning environment.

The AIA NSW Architecture Awards Jury commented:

“The Nano Nagle Learning Centre at Domremy College demonstrates the benefits of testing, listening, and prototyping in designing for change.

The jury were impressed with the dedication to learning evidenced throughout the project as proposed settings were tested in real time in a purpose designed space which repurposed an underutilised building in the centre of the campus. The final brief and design of the new building was clearly influenced by this process, allowing the successful introduction of a new model of teaching for the school through the introduction of a series of zoned learning spaces to contrast with the traditional classrooms on the campus.

Three forms are carefully brought together in the composition of the building with robust materiality and considered scale respecting the adjacency of the heritage fabric. Immediate external spaces surrounding the building, previously underutilised now allow for both internal and external, formal and informal gatherings of students. This is exemplified in the welcoming central tiered communal space which opens directly to the new courtyard playground beyond.”

View all of this year’s winners and entries here.


Hayball Project Team: David Tordoff, Fiona Young, Janet Vogels, Richard Leonard, Ann Lau, Emma Chrisp, Sheng Qiang, Vince Chen, Miranda Holt, Sarah Smith, Tim Caldera, Adriana Haindl, Katherine Luu.

Client: Sydney Catholic Schools
Education Consultant: Dr Ben Cleveland
Builder: Reitsma Constructions
Civil & Structural Engineering: Enstruct
Structural Engineer: Northrop Consulting Engineers,
ESD & Services Consultant: Cundall
Landscape Consultant: Tyrrell Studio
Acoustic Consultant: Marshall Day Acoustics
Project Manager: Impact Group
Building Surveyor: LTS Lockley
Cost Consultant: Slattery
Building Surveyor: Steve Watson & Partners
Access Consultant: Morris Goding Access Consulting
Town Planner: Urbis
Traffic: Anton Reisch Consulting
Traffic: PDC Consultants
Waste Management: The Mack Group
Geotechnical & Environmental Engineer: JK Geotechnics
AV Consultant: The P.A. People
Cost Consultant: Altus Group,
Arborist: Mc’Ardle Arborcultural