The future of education design

Schools facilities are a hot topic. Existing schools are being upgraded and new schools built to meet projected enrolment demands and the challenges of technology-rich learning environments. Bijl Architecture have been privileged to be creating architecture that helps meet the needs of the changing education landscape. Over the past three years, we've been working with Drake Project Services on a significant number of primary and secondary school projects across Sydney. We've been increasing our education sector knowledge and experience through thoughtfully implementing the latest Department of Education compliance and specification requirements for future focused learning.

Projects undertaken with Drake Project Services include reimagining and upgrading science laboratories to facilitate pedagogy objectives and safety requisites, improving disability and cognitive access through existing and new facilities, and temporary classroom accommodation planning. Also on the boards are masterplanning and design projects, including a new secondary college campus with all built and landscaping works.

Adjunct Professor and Bijl Director Melonie Bayl-Smith is instrumental in fostering effective and positive learning environments through the NSW architectural profession. We believe this involvement, coupled with our extensive experience designing residential projects that are wholeheartedly focussed on detail and occupant experience – what it feels like to be in a space – lend Bijl a fresh approach to the specific needs of learning environments for our ultimate client, the students. Bijl Architecture enjoys the specific challenges and opportunities of this sector, and we look forward to more education project work in the future. Stay tuned for updates.


Photography by Katherine Lu, Architectural Photographer