Using evidence-based design in education environments | Sonya Montgomerie • Associate, Melbourne

We start by thinking about what’s going to make a positive difference. Research across all sectors of education shows us that better connections with nature improves wellbeing and attendance, cognitive function and learning capacity. Through integrated design, we focus on making those connections. We identify innovations that will better support learning communities and outcomes.

Innovation in education architecture | Craig Tonkin • Associate, Adelaide

One of our most unique attributes is listening to the client. An exciting innovation for the new Adelaide Botanic High School is the design of spaces that facilitate enquiry-based learning. Spaces that feel like extensions of home, and facilitate a range of learning modes. We’re finding the most productive spaces are the ones designed flexibly enough to cater for the future needs of education, without knowing what that future looks like.

A holistic approach to health + aged care architecture | Leanne Guy • Associate Director, Melbourne

We take a whole-of-life approach to health. One of our newest hospitals includes aged care, child care, retail facilities and a community component, with gardens and landscaped forest spaces integrated into the built form. Stakeholder engagement is a very important, beneficial part of our process. We bring everyone together at the start of a project, developing the brief in a collaborative open forum. We find it gives the best results.

A multidisciplinary approach to transport + infrastructure design | Anthony Quan • Director, Sydney

Infrastructure and public spaces, and the association between the two, is growing in the right direction. A lot of our projects are addressing not just the big urban issues of transport and placemaking, but environmental issues and community consultation as well.

The complexity of defence architecture | Ben Zoontjens • Associate Director, Adelaide

Defence covers all typologies found in the commercial world – from industrial warehousing and specialised, high-tech training facilities, to hospitality, live-in accommodation and general learning environments. Many disciplines are involved in understanding and resolving critical issues around security, transparency and dangerous goods.

Education: lessons learnt | Sandeep Amin • Director and Jacqueline Urford • Associate, Sydney

Director Sandeep Amin and associate Jacqueline Urford from DesignInc Sydney talk about knowledge they've gained working on two recent education projects, Ultimo-Pyrmont Public School and Lindfield Learning Village.