Inside the James D. MacConnell Award winner - Caulfield Grammar Learning Project

Published: Wednesday 1 November 2017

Watch how the Caulfield Learnng Project came together through extensive consultation between architects at Hayball, the educators at Caulfield Grammar School and the research team at LEaRN.

The Caulfield Grammar Learning Project recently won the most prestigious internatonal award for excellence in facility planning: the Association for Learning Environments James D. MacConnell Award.

The award was presented at the Association for Learning Environments' LearningScapes conference in Atlanta.

Hayball's Richard Leonard receives the James D. MacConnell Award in Atlanta.  Photo: Phillip Idle

The James D. MacConnell Award is given to a project that exemplifies the organisation's belief that great schools begin with communication and planning. School facilities recognised in this award program might embody great architecture but their successful components and characteristics are founded in an interactive process that engages multiple stakeholders to create an educational environment that holds purpose and distinction within a community.

The Learning Project faced stiff competition from fellow finalists, Seattle's Hazel Wolf: E-STEM K-8 School and Virginia's Carter G. Woodson Education Complex. You can view all the finalists' submittals here.

Representatives from Hayball, LEaRN and Caulfield Grammar at the final interview for the James D MacConnell Award

In 2016, the Caufield Grammar Learning Project shone at Learning Environments Australasia's Awards, taking out the categories of Education Innovation and Overall Winner.

Congratulations to all involved at Caulfield Grammar, Hayball and LEaRN.