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Prestigious Architectural Honours for Education Design

07 November 2019

Authored by Hayball

Hayball is celebrating three key educational projects; Braemar College Stage 1, Middle School, Richmond High School and Brighton Secondary College.

Recognising excellence in architecture and progressive educational environments, the awards are presented by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), the Victorian State Government and Bayside City Council.

Braemar College

Braemar College Stage 1, Middle School was honoured with a National Architecture Award for Education, presented by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA).

Acknowledged by the jury for its “vibrant experiment in new forms of spatial organisation, seeking to transform teaching and learning”. Perched on the southern slopes of Mt Macedon, Braemar College captures spectacular views across the rural planes and is intimately connected to its environmental setting. Buildings subtly appear, sitting lightly on the elevated ground of their pastoral setting, a contemporary interpretation of the farm shed typology.

“The real dynamics and energy are confined primarily to a set of six connected, linear teaching modules, each a variation on an extended form, which sets up a clear diagram for the overall sequence of classrooms, educational levels and progression.”

Braemar College Stage 1, Middle School is located in Woodend, Victoria, and built on the land of the Dja Dja Wurrung people of the Kulin nation.

Full Jury Citation is available here.

Richmond High School

Richmond High School was named Best Secondary School at the Victorian School Design Awards.

Set in a diverse neighbourhood with a large cohort of students, Richmond High School touches on a number of key design areas in terms of vision and values. Community, diversity, wellbeing, sustainability, safety, technology and ensuring learners are at the centre of everything – these elements were equally critical to the brief and areas we prioritised with every aspect of design for this exemplar urban vertical school.

The school was recognised for its inventive design solutions and contribution to the community. “The architects have created an innovative design that promotes a mature approach to learning and responds positively to the restrictions of an inner urban site.”

Full Jury Citation is available here.

Brighton Secondary College

Our work at Brighton Secondary College was awarded Best Commercial Building (Education) at the Bayside Built Environment Awards. The redevelopment of this learning facility was designed for twenty-first-century teaching and learning with a focus on health benefits with natural light and cross ventilation. We also received a High Commendation in the Best Creative Design category for the same project.