See higher education transformations at the Regional Day Out

Published: Thursday 25 October 2018

Spend Friday November 16 with some of Australasia's leading educators and architects as we explore Melbourne's inner urban learning environments.

Tours are filling fast - register now!

In the optional tours, Tour D showcases new tertiary learning spaces that have undergone a complete transformation.

Pictured above is LCI Melbourne's Art and Design School, recently commended in the Victorian Chapter Awards. It has been transformed from heritage factory buildings into a contemporary design school for students studying interior design, visual arts, graphic design, communications, photography and fashion.

Historically designed by renowned architect William Pitt, the red-bricked factories and warehouses of Foy and Gibson were built over the decades of the late 1800s, spanning multiple blocks in Collingwood.

Five years and five architectural firms have transformed a monolithic building into RMIT's Academic Street (above).

Explore 32,000 square metres of new and refurbished spaces that include social, study and support spaces for 4,600 students. The epic transformation is completed by laneways, glass-roofed arcades, outdoor gardens, urban spaces and walkways connecting floors.

Educator Spotlight: Derek Scott

Joining the special Educator Q&A Panel will be Derek Scott, CEO/Principal of Haileybury, Australia’s largest school and the recipient of the 2018 Australian School of the Year Award.

He oversees operations at four locations in Melbourne (including Haileybury City, Melbourne CBD’s first vertical school), Haileybury Rendall School in Darwin (including the largest indigenous boarding house in Australia) and Haileybury International School Tianjin, China (the first Sino-Australia school).

Haileybury also operates in Timor Leste and Manila, the Philippines and has partnered with the Vanke Corporation in opening Meisha Academy by Haileybury in Guangzhou, China. Haileybury has more than 6500 students in its schools and programs. Derek sits on numerous education committees and boards including the International Education Association of Australia Board. Watch the development of the City campus here.

Program Highlights



Members $240 + GST, non-members $295 + GST, students $195 + GST (limited availability).

All registrations include 2 site tours, brunch, snacks and networking drinks.


The day begins at 9am at The Pavilion at Melbourne's iconic Arts Centre. Early afternoon site tours will depart to all corners of the city, before converging on Victorian Chapter Award winner South Melbourne Primary School for a tour and networking drinks until 5.30pm.

LEA members are encouraged to attend the Annual General Meeting at 5.30pm.

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Photos: Christine Francis (LCI), Peter Bennetts (RMIT Academic Street)

Thank you to our Sponsors

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At Woods Furniture we believe that education is of the utmost importance, not just for the children of today, but for our world tomorrow.This fundamental belief has driven our team, for over half a century, to study how children learn from a behavioural, ergonomic and cognitive  perspective, and to develop furniture that is flexible, adaptable and stimulating. At Woods, we’re for flexible learning.


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Hosted by Learning Environments Australasia's Victorian Chapter