Hayball is one of Australia’s largest practices, and specialises in architecture, interior design and urban planning. Over 30 years, the company has realised hundreds of projects across Australia, South-East Asia and China – from single and multi-residential buildings to schools and universities, commercial developments and urban design for entire suburbs. Director, Richard Leonard, is a member of the Learning Environments applied Research Network (LEaRN) and collaborates with the University of Melbourne where he is Linkage Partner in several ARC research initiatives.
Hayball can be considered a pioneer of 21st century educational design, working with leading education consultants and researchers to inform design of flexible, interactive spaces where students can participate in many different modes of learning.
- Educator for an Hour – The Sydney studio undertook a project which took designers into the Kindergarten classroom to understand what it’s like to work with children, and the issues children face when learning in particular environments. Read more here.
- Partnership with University of Melbourne Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN)
- Presentations at Annual symposium workshops and presentations – 2015 Talking Spaces 6: What Works?
- From principles to practical application: Developing and sustaining innovative educational practices in innovative learning environments 2012-2013
- Post-occupancy evaluation of learning environments LEARN partner project 2011-2013
- ARC Linkage Projects
- Building the Education Revolution – Hayball (in association with Gray Puksand) was commissioned to produce 21 building templates to comprise the core of their BER rollout. The building designs included 21st century models for primary schools, libraries, learning neighbourhoods and science and language centres.
- Association for Learning Environments Australaisa (A4LE prev. CEFPI) – Director, Richard Leonard is Australasian Region Chair of A4LE. A4LE is a non-profit international association whose sole mission is to improve the places where children learn.
- Interview on Urban Melbourne website, 2015, A discussion on vertical modes of learning with Richard Leonard,
- ABC Radio National program, March 2016, ‘Vertical’ schools and rethinking education design,