Fiona Young

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Fiona’s research focuses on the design affordances of innovative learning environments. Over the course of the project she will explore existing evidence around how affordances are understood and used by teachers to support student deep learning, and how teachers can be empowered to optimise the use of ILEs. The research will involve gaining an overall picture, gathering data and presenting case studies across a wide variety of schools.


Fiona is a registered architect with a specialisation in learning environments. She has previously worked as an exhibition designer within leading cultural institutions including The Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences (MAAS), The Australian Museum and The Museum of Wellington City and Sea in New Zealand. She is a Practice Director at BVN Architecture in Sydney where her focus is on schools and GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museum) sector projects. Core to her role is optimising learning opportunities through design, and interpreting and bridging understanding between educators and architectural teams.


Bhim S, Sobel L and Young F. 2015. Evolving Learning Space Typologies: In learning, workplace and other contexts. 

Young, Fiona and Murray, Genevieve, 2015, “The Architecture of Play” in Sandra Lynch, Deborah Pike and Cynthia à Beckett (eds.), Multi-disciplinary Perspectives of Play, Springer (forthcoming).

Presentations: Fiona has presented at a range of education conferences on learning space design from school to tertiary focus, in Australia and internationally.

Membership: Fiona is actively involved in Learning Environments Australasia (A4LE) NSW Chapter. She is also a member of A4LEs International Innovation Committee.



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