The Principal and the Architect: Educational philosophy meets Design
29 April 2010
Barbara Stone & Ed Lippmann, MLC School Principal & Lippmann Partnership
Introduction: Rob Tierney, Dean, Faculty of Education & Social Work (Cohosts)
About the talk
Most schools in Australia espouse the principles of contemporary childhood learning but few deliver. The new MLC Junior School is an architectural embodiment of the innovative teaching principals and methods adopted by its principal Barbara Stone AO. The design was developed with Ed Lippmann and his team through intense dialogue and collaboration with the MLC School to produce Australia's first twenty first century "learning village". It combines the philosophy of Reggio Emilia early learning practices with environmentally sustainable initiatives to create an environment highly responsive to children's needs. This talk will explore the process, development and realisation of MLC's Junior School through the eyes of the principal and the architect, and illustrate the challenges and benefits of the collaboration.
About the speakers
Barbara Stone AM has been Principal of MLC School, Burwood since 1990. Educated at the University of Melbourne, her first degree was in History Honours and her Masters degree in Education, in educational administration and policy. Her passions are the education of girls and developing the best learning environments possible for all school students. Her AM was awarded in 2004 for services to education. She is immediate past National Chair of AHISA (Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia) and a former President of The Alliance of Girls' Schools, Australasia.
Ed Lippmann was born and educated in Sydney. The architectural practice he established in 1985 has been responsible for a wide range of interior, architectural and master planning projects on three continents. A response to rapidly changing social, environmental and technical phenomena is reflected in the work of the practice which maintains that appropriate, excellent contemporary design is borne from innovative, empirical problem solving not the repetition of history.
Time: 6.30 to 8.00pm
Cost: No charge, no bookings
Contact: Sue Lalor
Phone: 9114 0941