Redesigning education: two Architectus projects recognised at the 2017 AIA VIC Awards

5 July 2017

Architectus is proud to announce two of its projects have been recognised at the 2017 Victorian Architecture Awards with the practice taking home a total of three Australian Institute of Architects awards.

Architectus’ design of the Gipson Commons, St Michael’s Grammar School won an Interior Architecture award, while the ARM Architecture + Architectus designed Arts West, University of Melbourne received both Educational Architecture and COLORBOND® Award for Steel Architecture.

Ruth Wilson, Director, said: “These two projects have recently surpassed expectations in an era of reimagining the landscape of education. Campuses must offer an engaging experience beyond that of online learning to meet the evolving expectations of today’s students.”

The University of Melbourne’s Arts West building (above), which has achieved 5-star Green Star Education Design v1 certification, positions the University as a leading institution for arts studies. The limits of their existing spaces drove ARM + Architectus to create an educational facility that truly inspires learning and collaboration. The Arts West project succeeds in responding to a two-fold challenge from the Faculty of Arts; to create stimulating educational spaces and to create an identity for the humanities disciplines. 


The Gipson Commons at St Michael’s Grammar School project fuses knowledge, technology, science and food in a neighbourhood of purposeful spaces designed to have enduring local and global value and an awareness of their spatial and environmental context. Read more about the project here.

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