Iona Presentation School

Perth, Australia, 2016-18

NoTosh Team

Ewan McIntosh, Hamish Curry, Lauren Johns

Designing Spaces for Learning

Architectural Masterplanning

Perth’s Iona Presentation College partnered with NoTosh to set it on course for a powerful transition in the way it envisions teaching and learning and the role of the school community. This has led to the development of a Masterplan for space design that genuinely reflects what’s possible in this school’s next 20 years.

Together, NoTosh and Iona focussed on a range of learning contexts and questioned everything about the way students experienced them, and the spaces in which the action happens; every area of the curriculum, space and teaching methodology was explored through new lenses.

Individuals had to adapt not only their own mindset, but also had to set about challenging and changing the entire school community’s understanding of what might be next practice in teaching and learning.

By immersing themselves into a deeper understanding of their current strengths, demands and obstacles through the NoTosh Design Thinking process, Iona began to prototype and quickly test what great teaching and learning could mean for them, and the spaces needed to achieve this.

Throughout the Design Thinking process, our partnership with architects EIW made a noticeable difference to the insights and understanding gained for the formal masterplan. The ability to incorporate a clear vision of learning has created a more solid understanding of what is truly needed within the space.

Loaded with the key next versions of their prototypes, the team at Iona Presentation College are well on their way to implementing change across the school, developing new and useful spaces for learning and creativity, and most of all continuing to provide their students with the tools and space to grasp every opportunity given to them.

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