Education design is a growth area for DesignInc Melbourne, and Ellen Wilkinson joins the 15-person-strong education team as well as the associate team as associate – education leader.

‘I am intrigued by the idea of creating agile spaces that facilitate various learning outcomes, and how these educational settings can adapt over time and inevitably vary from early learning through to tertiary, as students work their way towards the workplace and adult life,’ Wilkinson says.

DesignInc Melbourne is currently working on 18 schools designed to support, inspire and engage students and teachers, being flexible for a variety of learning and teaching modes and technologies, now and into the future. Each promotes the importance of the reconnection to nature and the benefits that research has proven to learning and wellbeing.

‘It’s great to be involved in creating buildings and spaces that will contribute and enhance twenty-first-century learning environments. Improving the quality and environment in which our children learn is extremely rewarding,’ Wilkinson says.

Wilkinson has worked on a range of significant architectural and urban design projects in Australia, the United Kingdom and Holland, primarily in education, as well as workplace, defence and commercial projects.

‘As DesignInc Melbourne’s education portfolio expands, we are excited to have Ellen join the team as associate – education leader, bringing her experience and strong passion for education design across all sectors,’ says Christon Batey-Smith, DesignInc Melbourne director.