Welcome from the Conference Chairs

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to Learning Environments Australasia's 16th Regional Conference, to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Melbourne from Sunday 29 May to Wednesday 1 June 2016.

The 16th Regional Conference will provide a dynamic forum for designers, educators and others involved in the design and use of educational facilities to participate in deep conversations about the past, present and future of learning environment design and occupation.

As the conference theme 'exchange' suggests, the event will be set up as a marketplace for the exchange of ideas. Driving this exchange will be an array of highly regarded keynote speakers, informative site visits and thoroughly enjoyable social networking events. The site visits will be held at some of Melbourne's leading educational organisations, including early learning centres, primary and secondary schools and universities. In addition, a collection of interactive workshops will support delegates to explore emergent issues at the intersections of education, space, technology and community.

In consultation with members, a range of themes have been devised by our organising committee to enable delegates to pursue issues that are of particular interest. For example, the theme 'community & school' will support delegates to explore schools as networks of people - and resources - and encourage them to investigate the role of the built environment in supporting such interactions. Delegates' explorations of these themes will be seeded by our keynote speakers, explored through thematically aligned site visits and interactive workshops, and consolidated through conversations at the networking events.

Learning Environments Australasia is a professional association with the sole mission to improve the places where people – students – learn. Our members are individuals, institutions and corporations who are actively involved in planning, designing, building, equipping, maintaining and occupying early learning centres, schools, universities and other places of learning.

The State of Victoria has been recognised as a world leader in the design of contemporary learning environments by organisations such as the OECD. We look forward to you joining us to f ind out what all the fuss is about and to exchange ideas and stories with enthusiastic Learning Environments Australasia members and other delegates.

We would especially like to thank the following conference committee members who have assisted in bringing this program together: Paul Hede, Sarah Hobday-North, Gerard Hogan, Lisa Horton, Sandy Law, Richard Leonard, Vicki Leo, Dev Mistry, Leanne Rose-Munro, Laurence Robinson, Wayne Stephens, Lisel Thomas, Ken Woodman.

See you in Melbourne!


Jo Dane and Ben Cleveland


This page last updated: Tuesday 26 January 2016