Fostering learning within sustainable institutions

  •   20 October 2021

While there are many educational institutions across the country, there is always a need to innovate. As new forms of learning, teaching and researching come to fruition, we must find a way to foster these processes and techniques. If we are going to create new facilities to house students and researchers, architects of the future must demonstrate what has been learnt, that sustainably designed facilities will stimulate learning, without bringing harm to the world around us.

The Sustainability Awards’ Education & Research category is the showcase for entrants who submit a child care centre, preschool, primary, secondary or tertiary educational facility or a facility where an educational institution is a partner. Winners of the category typically provide students and researchers the best possible opportunity to be at their best at all times, while ensuring the materials and methods used to create and operate the space are empathetic towards the wider world.

Alspec is the proud sponsor of the Education & Research category for 2021. Recognising the singular place in the built environment industry and the standing that Sustainability Awards has achieved, Alspec’s National Specification Manager, Ross Baynham, says the company is delighted to be a partner of the awards in a number of categories, including Best of the Best and Education & Research.

“The Sustainability Awards does more than just acknowledge the achievements of excellence in sustainable design, it acts as a catalyst in some sense. The Sustainability Awards ultimately helps propel the industry forward, which is only a good thing for the whole built environment community,” he says.

“By celebrating what has been achieved by the industry leaders in this space, we can encourage and compel the wider construction industry on a journey of Sustainability.”

With the awards under a month away, we are delighted to share with you the shortlist for the Education & Research category at the 2021 Sustainability Awards, sponsored by Alspec.

Ainsworth Building, Macquarie University

Korayn Birralee Family Centre
Brand Architects

La Trobe University Sports Park
Warren and Mahoney with MJMA Toronto

Palmview State Primary and Special School
FKG Group with MODE Design Corp

Susan Wakil Health Building
Billard Leece Partnership with Diller Scofidio + Renfro

The stage is most certainly set. One of these entrants will be crowned the winner of the Education & Research category at the 2021 Sustainability Awards at a ceremony in Sydney on November 11. To grab your ticket or to find out more regarding the awards, head to


This article is brought to you in association with Alspec, Proud Sponsors of the Education & Research category at the 2021 Sustainability Awards.