St Joseph's Primary School Redevelopment by Daniel Smith

Back in 2017, Leaf Architecture was engaged to review the Kindergarten spaces at St Joseph’s Primary School in Kingswood. Following on from this, we have been working closely with the school to design and deliver a series of learning transformations that are re-shaping the school, specifically the Kindergarten, Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 spaces.

Leaf Architecture - St Joseph's Primary School

Throughout these projects, we have been working closely with Catholic Education, Diocese of Parramatta and the school leadership team as we have explored what it means to be a St Joseph’s Primary School learner. This exploratory process unpacked the drivers for change within the education system, while exploring in a deep and meaningful manner the desired pedagogies outlined by CEDP. Our team experimented with a series of 3D models to assist the project team with understanding what it is like to teach in the proposed spaces and it enabled us to immerse ourselves within the spaces to understand what the learner’s experience would be.

Leaf Architecture - St Joseph's Primary School
Leaf Architecture - St Joseph's Primary School

The end result is a series of fresh, creative and innovative learning spaces. Filled with natural light and ventilation, these spaces put learning first and foremost. Every surface has a learning intent and the experience of each and every learner has been considered while incorporating a broad spectrum of learners.

Leaf Architecture - St Joseph's Primary School

Furniture: NorvaNivel

Builder: Safin

Electrical and Mechanical: Kuttner Collins

Structure: Birzulis and Associates

Photographer: Michael Nicholson Photography

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year by Daniel Smith

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Team at Leaf Architecture. We are looking forward to collaborating with you in the new year.

Leaf Architecture wishes you a Merry Christmas

EduTech - Innovative Learning Transformations by Daniel Smith

Recently Daniel, our director, spoke at EduTech on the topic of Innovative Learning Transformations. 

We were taken on a journey of change, through the lens of a specialist education architect with over 15 years experience in the sector. 

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Learning Environments Australasian Conference - 2018 by Daniel Smith

Our team has returned from the 18th annual Learning Environments Australasian conference! 

Our director Daniel Smith was the co-convener with the talented Anne Knock ( Together they explored the concept of the 3Rs in the Exponential Age. 

So, let's go and change the world together!

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Change and the Learning Environment by Daniel Smith

As the world changes in an exponential manner, so do the needs of our learners.

Our learners need to develop skills that encourages their curious mind, challenges the norm, perseveres through problems with developed soft skills and critical thinking.

The Impact of space can have measurable impacts, so this is why we believe that we should challenge the current design thinking and focus on innovation, research and pedagogy.

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STEM in Schools by Daniel Smith

As the National conversation has shifted towards STEM, the design of schools has equally shifted from places of instruction to open-ended inquiry. 

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We have been exploring the principles of STEM to enable collaborative education models to take shape. This approach has unpacked interesting observations by promoting technology to subsequently enabling a more hands-on creative learning style. By enabling learners the space and time to explore their subject matter, they can familiarise themselves with a broad range of content whilst viewing their learning through a critical thinking lens.

STEM is now ingrained in the national curriculum and must be taken seriously with any TAS design and especially within any master plan for a new or developing school. Encouraging curiosity is the key driver and limiting barriers is our goal. 

We have recently been working with a number of schools within Western Sydney as they redefine their take on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Learning is celebrated through artful displays, whilst the core zones are kept multi-functional to remove any barriers to a curious mind unpacking open-ended questions. All surfaces are now working hard to enable and encourage effective communication, thereby adding another dimension to the learning.

This is the 4 Cs at work through the lens of STEM.

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Our Director is the Co-Convenor by Daniel Smith

Learning Environments Australasian Conference: Our Director is the Co-Convenor

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We've had a running start to 2018! by Daniel Smith

Leaf Architecture: We've had a running start to 2018!

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