The impact of urban vertical schools on students’ capability and wellbeing

THE PROJECT

Urban vertical schools—inner city schools built on a small footprint–are becoming increasingly common in Australia due to the densification of our cities. There are currently no evidence-based Australian precedents to guide architects or educators in designing these schools. The project will develop formal knowledge-sharing processes about urban vertical schools, with a focus on ensuring that school designs will enhance student capability and wellbeing. This innovative study brings together evidence from designers, educators and students in three newly built urban, vertical schools. Project findings will point to inclusive principles for designing and leading in physical, digital and social school spaces to maximise student wellbeing and capability. Insights into student experiences in urban, vertical school spaces will have value for infrastructure spending in all schools.

PRINCIPLE RESEARCHERS

A/Prof Jillian Willis
Prof Jill Franz
A/Prof Jenna Gillett-Swan
Dr Nick Kelly
Dr Prudence Miles
Dr Andrew Gibson

ASSOCIATE RESEARCHERS

A/Prof Stuart Poyntz
Dr Kylie Boltin

PARTNER ORGANISATIONS

  • Fortitude Valley State Secondary College
  • Adelaide Botanic High School Governing Council Inc
  • Prahran High School
  • AUSTRALIAN SECONDARY PRINCIPALS’ ASSOCIATION INC.
  • cox architecture
  • GRAY PUKSAND PTY. LTD.
  • THOMSONADSETT
  • BFX Furniture
  • J. HUTCHINSON PTY. LTD.
  • SPECIAL BROADCASTING SERVICE CORPORATION
  • SOUND OFF FOR SCHOOLS

 

 


Funding / Grants

  • ARC Linkage Grant