The Adelaide Review partners with Learning Environments Australasia for its State Awards, which will be announced in late September and published in a following edition of the magazine.
Learning Environments Australasia (formerly CEFPI Australasia) is a community of more than 700 professionals working together to plan and build better learning environments through discussion, research, innovation and practice. It aims to develop an understanding of the connections between pedagogy (teaching) and places for learning.
A key feature is the annual awards for excellence in design, landscaping and interiors as well as innovation in conceptual thinking and community engagement.
The first South Australian Awards will be held this year in the following six categories:
1. New Educational Facility Construction / Entire Educational Facility
2. New Construction / New Individual Facility
3. Renovation / Modernisation (Over $2m)
4. Renovation / Modernisation (Under $2m)
5. An Education Initiative or a Design Solution for an Innovative Program
6. Landscaping/Outdoor Learning Area
For more information, go to: learningenvironments.wildapricot.org
Entries must be registered by Monday, July 24 and submitted by 15 August. Entries will be announced at the annual awards event on Wednesday, September 27 and published in the November edition of The Adelaide Review.
Eligible state award winners are automatically entered into the national awards process and the winner(s) into the international awards for 2018. Previous recognised projects for South Australia include Galilee Catholic School and the Australian Science and Maths School.
As an affiliate of the world-wide organisation Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), Learning Environments Australasia members are mainly architects and educators, and their associates. They include individuals, schools and educational institutions as well as architectural firms and corporations throughout South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
At a local level, its members are actively involved in planning, designing, building, equipping and maintaining learning environments that centre a community and enhance student achievement and enjoyment.
The diversity of professional membership is key. In addition to architects, landscape architects, interior designers, project managers, principals, business managers and educational administrators, the association also includes professionals in state government, Catholic and Independent school systems, specialist consultants, product suppliers and manufacturers of furniture carpets, building materials and technology systems. All of whom contribute to the development of quality learning environments.
The priority of this professional collaboration is to explain and extend our collective knowledge. To understand and to engage with the broader community and enhance their understanding of the design process as well as the ongoing use and maintenance of their buildings, equipment, g rounds and site.
This knowledge is developed and shown though the locally-based site visits and discussion forums as well as an annual conference with international speakers, workshops, and a one day annual gathering, the Regional Day Out.