John was engaged by QUT to bring innovation to the redevelopment of the Health Sciences Teaching Laboratories on the Garden Point Campus. John engaged users in a extensive workshopping process that ran in parallel with Scheme Design to both innovate about the laboratory form, borrowing from the principles of the SuperLab, but also pedagogy and laboratory
The Working with Hassell architects, John facilitated discussions about the future of the academic workplace and the future of engineering pedagogy. These discussions focused on how to deliver authentic learning in the context of very large student cohorts, which is particularly problematic given the technical nature of many of the teaching spaces.
Hassell Architects engaged John as their Education Advisor to provide current best practice on teaching and learning environments and how to create good interactive spaces between the different disciplines occupying this multidisciplinary research centre. John specifically advised on the new undergraduate ‘super lab’ that can accommodate up to 180 students at one time, as well
John lead the development of the detailed design brief for the new building for the Australian Institute of Nanoscience. This building accommodates teaching and learning facilities, workspace for research staff as well as a variety of teaching and research laboratories, including an ultra stable research environment for research at the nano level.
John, in his role as Education Planner, introduced the concept of the SuperLab, as borrowed from the original SuperLab at London Metropolitan University, in order to respond to the requirement to be spatially efficient and deliver pedagogical best practice. The X-Lab represents a 30% reduction in total area devoted to teaching laboratory space while still
Dr Holm, while at DEGW, conducted a significant review of the 2020 Masterplan for the University of Technology. A review of UTS’s Master Plan was necessary due to significant increases in student population and as well as changes to the teaching and learning practices at UTS. John led the education space planning exercise that rethought
In 2009 the University of Adelaide undertook a significant masterplan of the Hughes Plaza precinct which lies at the heart of their campus. The outcome was to develop a significant student hub (Hub Central) that provided a one stop shop for students, as well as informal learning and social spaces. John was commissioned, having been
John led the development of the Schedule of Accommodation for the Skills and Academic Research Centre at the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital. This involved bringing five stakeholders together – The University of Queensland, The University of the Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast TAFE, the Queensland Health District, and the Queensland Skills Development Centre – to create
John, was project director for the scoping and briefing of UTS’s Thomas St Laboratory building, which included teaching laboratories. The laboratory scope of this project both enabled a lab of significant scale and the use of technology to create a true blended learning environment.