13 July 2012

Lessons Learned from Australia - Philip Idle in Copenhagen

Philip Idle has been invited to speak in October in Copenhagen, Denmark on 'Lessons Learned in Australia - Challenges in Schools of the Future'. The conference theme 'School Buildings of the Future' will bring together participants from Denmark, Sweden, Norway and other Nordic countries to focus on insights into the future of teaching and learning environments.


A new publication has been released featuring Peter Lippman's chapter on 'Preschool and Kindergarten Designs'

A new publication by the IDB Education Network has been released featuring Peter Lippman's chapter on 'Preschool and Kindergarten Designs'. Peter discusses the influence of design on learning outcomes based on his research and showcasing many projects including the Montessori School in Kingsley by EIW Architects. The Inter-American Development Bank organised an event held in Chile in 2010 entitled Infrastructure and Learning in the Twenty-First Century with a focus on school buildings that promote learning, ensure safety and protect the enviornment. www.iadb.org/education


EIW were pleased to welcome approximately 30 CEFPI WA members to a site visit of Santa Maria College in late November.

Guests were met in the new Mercy Garden, completed in November 2011, before being guided through the new McDonald Extension, undertaken as part of the Federal Government's BER programme. The tour concluded in the Mercy Building, completed in 2010, which incorporates 18 class spaces (incl 2 food tech labs and 2 science rooms), a cafeteria with large prep room, a staff community with associated meeting spaces and lounges, and a new two-storey library / learning plaza.


EIW was thrilled to have Her Majesty the Queen officially open the Ngulla Mia Boarding Facility on Thursday 27th October 2011 as part of her visit to Perth.

The Boarding Facility has been an exciting and challenging project for the office. See more detail here.

It is with much excitement and anticipation that we announce the appointment of Peter C. Lippman as Associate Director at EIW.

Born and raised in New York, Peter and his wife, Uzoamaka (Uzo) have decided to relocate to Perth with their three sons, Stephen, James and Bill. EIW is thrilled at the breadth of experience, knowledge and wisdom Peter will bring to our ongoing work and his contribution to our 'building ideas' branding. Educated at the City University in New York, Peter holds a B.Arch and a M.Psych. He has worked extensively with education and health care projects across the United States, authored the book 'Evidence Based Design of Elementary and Secondary Schools' and is internationally renowned as a speaker of repute. This is an exciting development for EIW and all staff join in welcoming the Lippman family to Australia.


EIW have been awarded the Hammond Park Catholic Primary School project, by the Catholic Education Office.

We look forward to this exciting project starting in the near future.


Santa Maria College and St Columba's Primary School have been featured in the InterfaceFlor publication 'Inspired Learning'.


EIW, in conjunction with PMDL, have been awarded the masterplanning commission for the John XXIII College in Canberra.

This is an exciting first collaboration for eiw and pmdl and our first foray into education work in Canberra.


Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School has been featured in the WA Commissioner for Children and Young People's publication 'Building Spaces and Places for Children and Young People'.


Philip Idle and Dani Martin have returned from the CEFPI International Congress in Sydney.

Site visits to Northern Beaches Christian School, Pymble Ladies College and the Western Sydney Institute of TAFE were particularly rewarding. With a wealth of guest speakers and rewarding opportunities for networking with many like-minded inspirational educational and architectural professionals, the three-day conference was a huge success.


The landscaping project at Santa Maria College has finally commenced on site.

This will complete the precinct of buildings at the front of the site including the Mercy Building, completed in 2010 and the extension to the McDonald Building, completed in 2011.The landscaped area includes a flat grassed areas for recreation, terraced seating for small and large gatherings and smaller reflection areas. The main circular seating area, suitable to seat a whole class group, is centred on an existing mature jacaranda tree and a variety of garden spaces and planter boxes will ensure shade for outdoor use of the gardens throughout the year.


Philip Idle is currently serving on the international jury for the CEFPI James D. MacConnell Award, acknowledging the thorough planning process that results in an exceptional educational facility.

Award winners will be announced at the CEFPI International Conference in Nashville in September.


The Montessori School Redevelopment was featured in the Wanneroo Times in the article 'Montessori classrooms make the grade'.


St Columba's Catholic Primary School Library received the Design Innovation Award at the InterfaceFLOR WA Design Awards on the 18th March.

"Educational environments have complex needs. Spaces need equal measures of culture and entertainment to facilitate learning and growth. Faced with this challenge, Edgar Idle Wade redesigned St Columbus's heart of learning and struck the balance beautifully."


Clontarf Boarding Hostel was featured in The Sunday Times on the 6th February.


The St Helena of the Holy Cross Parish Church project was featured in The Record.


EIW were extremely sad to say goodbye to two long-standing members of the team at the end of 2010.

John Edgar, Director, and Jeff Rees, Senior Architect, have both retired to greener pastures. We wish them both the best in all their future endeavours.


Director Philip Idle was awarded the President's Award from CEFPI (Council of Educational Facility Planners International) at this years' World Conference in San Jose, USA.

This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated continuing meritorious service to the Council. Well done to Philip who has dedicated many hours to the work of CEFPI, both within the Australia Region and through involvement with various international committees.