03 November 2015

Philip Idle Named Association for Learning Environments' Director of the Year


WASHINGTON, DC (October 26, 2015) Philip Idle, a director of Edgar Idle Wade (EIW) Architects and Australasia Director on the Association for Learning Environments’ Board of Directors, was honored as the organization’s Director of the Year at the LearningSCAPES 2015 Conference in San Diego. The Board of Directors unveiled the organization’s new name and brand at the recent conference.

Selected by his peers as the 2015 outstanding board member, Philip Idle played a key role in the organization’s rebranding efforts. “Philip Idle was recognized for his work in leading a huge team of people who have engaged in analysis and discussion about our organization and what people respond to,” said Chair Dan Mader. “We’ve looked at how we related to our members and what’s important to them. These conversations framed our rebranding effort.”

With expertise in the design and planning of educational facilities, Philip Idle’s work encompasses both the private and government sectors in Western Australia and has been recognized internationally. Philip’s experience on educational projects the consultation phases of the projects and the facilitation of the master planning processes.

The Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) is the only professional organization whose principal purpose is improving the places where children learn. A4LE embraces a collaborative network of professionals with one single goal – building healthy, safe, resilient and sustainable 21st Century learning places that inspire transformation in education, enhance student and teacher performance and support culture and community vitality. To learn more, visit www.a4le.org .

Barbara C. Worth
Director of Strategic & Private Development





The ABC has interviewed Peter C. Lippman on the topic of vertical schools. The interview can be seen on Australia Wide on ABC 24 at 7:30pm Saturday 3rd October. See more information below.

The interview will air at the following times:

  • Australia Wide on ABC 24 - 7:30pm Satruday 3rd October
  • ABC News Radio - 8:00am Saturday 3rd October
  • ABC World News - 9:30am Sunday 4th October


Switch on to hear Peter's thoughts on the topic.

You can read the article by Laura Gartry here.  

Alternatively, follow the link to the full episode of Australia Wide here (The piece on verticle schools starts 8:02 minutes in). 




Peter Lippman's paper accepted for publication at LICE-2015

A paper Peter Lippman co-authored with Elizabeth Matthews has been accepted for publication at the London International Conference on Education (LICE-2015). In the words of the LICE-2015 Steering Committee, below:

"Your submitted paper titled 'Allowing for the Spaces In Between: The Role of the Physical Environment in Early Childhood Education' has been refereed by 2 reviewers and accepted for the London International Conference on Education (LICE-2015) to be held at Heathrow Windsor Marriot Hotel, London, UK. The acceptance of your paper for publication in LICE-2015 proceedings reflects the high status of your work by your fellow professionals in the field."

Best Regards

Professor Charles Shoniregun

LICE-2015 Sterring Committe Chair


More details about the conference are available here.


Matipwili Expedition 2015    

Philip Idle and Chloe Summers, along with a small team of volunteers, head back to Matipwili this week to continue the construction of a Trade Training Centre.

The Trade Training Centre will give the community new hope for the future by providing skills such as carpentry, mechanics and mat-making. It will catch and store water which will help save the lives of at least seven women annually who are taken by crocodiles from the banks of the river whilst doing simple domestic chores. It will also provide food for primary school children who often end up travelling long distances to school with no food in their stomachs to start their day.

It is through the generous support of many people in the community that this project has been able to commence construction and we are extremely thankful for their continued support. You can view the list of our generous sponsors here.

A website for the Matipwili expedition has been setup so that updates and photos of the trip can be posted regularly (internet permitting!). You can view the website here and read more about the Matipwili project as it happens.



CEFPI Conference 2015  

Philip Idle, Dani Martin and Chloe Summers recently attended the CEFPI Australasia Region Conference in Canberra. Over three days they heard from speakers on learning spaces and emerging trends in education architecture, and visited numerous schools, colleges and university facilities. Dani has provided a brief rundown of the activities of the conference for CEFPI Australasia. You can read more here:

Day One

Day Two

Day Three


Mt Lawley Primary School re-opens its doors  

Mt Lawley Primary School re-opened on Monday two and a half years after a deliberately lit fire burned 80% of the historic building. Premier Colin Barnett and Education Minister Peter Collier officially re-opened the school in time for the new school year. Students and parents alike were very excited to return to their new environment which features new technology in a two storey, twelve classroom block.  EIW Architects are proud to have been involved in this project.  In the design of the new building we maintained the school's original facade which is over 100 years old whilst creating spacious, fun and modern learning environments. The new changes include a dental therapy centre, hard courts, a lift shaft for accessibility, as well as more learning space that accommodates over 500 students.

To view Today Perth News' video link- click here





Thinking Inside and Outside the Box   Monday, 19th January, 2015  


Peter Lippman will be presenting at Hollywood Primary School
117 Monash Avenue, Nedlands 6009
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm

Session 1: How to Plan your Classroom for Optimal Learning

Peter Lippman Assoc. AIA, REFP is the author of Evidenced Based Design for Primary and Secondary Schools and an accomplished educational architect.

Peter will present current worldwide research information on creating classrooms that enhanse active learning in early childhood education.  to read more…..Thinking Outside and Inside the box 2014

Session 2: Ideas to Prepare for the First Weeks of School

Need some advice or ideas to refresh your current practices to be organised and prepared for the beginning of the new school year?  This session is packed with great tips and strategies together with free handouts, surprise bags and loads of door prizes to get you started.

There will resources available for cash sales purchase.

Registration form here….. or go to the online registration



Dani Martin - Chair Elect for CEFPI WA Chapter

Dani Martin was elected as Chair Elect for CEFPI WA Chapter on Wednesday night. She will hold the position for the next 2 years and following that will hold the position of Chair.


Hammond Park Catholic Primary School- Official Opening and Blessing Ceremony

The construction of stage 1 of Hammond Park Catholic Primary School commenced in 2011 and was successfully completed in July 2013. Stage 2 is expected to start on site in early 2015.

The official opening and blessing ceremony occurring on Tuesday 18th November 2014. Present were EIW’s own Dani Martin, Tony D’Andrea and Mark Oliver who worked on the project as well as staff, students and parents. The Archbishop Timothy Costello blessed the school and Executive Director of Catholic Education Dr Tim McDonald officially opened the school, saying ‘I believe these buildings are a great example of how innovative building design, focused on flexible learning spaces, tangibly supports best practice and enhances 21st-century teaching and learning’ (Dr Tim McDonald, Catholic Education Office)

The ceremony also included choir and catering and a chance for visitors to familiarise themselves with the new space.

For further details and images of Stage 1, please click the link here to take you to our projects page.

Click here to see the official School's Newsletter.


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Peter Lippman talks about office and classroom design with Kate Everson, Associate Editor of 'Chief Learning Officer' magazine .

Click on the links below to view the articles:

Learning by Design

Make a Place for Learning




EIW Architects to present at the next Merge ‘3 Over 4 Under’ Talk

Two of EIW Architects Associate Directors’; Dani Martin and Peter C. Lippman have been invited to present at Merge ‘3 Over 4 Under’ talk on Thursday 23rd October. Merge is a collective of established and establishing Architects here in Perth where knowledge is shared and support is given.

At the talk- alongside 2 other established firms and 4 emerging firms- the topic “On Impact” will address the effect the work we do has on everything around it; from the population to the environment and everything in between. Hammond Park Catholic Primary School, Tranby College, Santa Maria College, and Holy Cross College will be showcased as places that we have created and are having a positive impact on students and the learning process.

It will be an evening of shared knowledge, a chance to mingle and best of all- the event is free.

See the poster below for full event and rsvp details. We would love to have your support. See you there:

 14x10x14- Merge Talk- 3o4u Poster 2014 A3- Resized for website


Iona Presentation College in Mosman Park is looking to the future

As part of Mosman Parks' local community for over a century, Iona Presentation College is looking to make positive changes for the school and it's students whilst involving the local community to ensure a continued symbiotic relationship.

EIW Architects are proud to be part of this upgrade and will provide a modern and functional facility complimenting the school's 'green space'. 

Mrs Anne Pitos, Principal of the College, says in an interview with The Post "while many of our current buildings have served us well, a significant number no longer meet the requirements of modern teaching and learning". (The Post- David Hudlestone. P.10 & 100- 23rd August 2014)

Moving to a more student focused way of teaching and away from a more traditional format requires a vastly different learning space, which has been the main focus for the master plan concept.

The two stage project will include replacement of existing buildings with a four-storey teaching centre at the centre of the grounds. It will include visual arts, a cafeteria, library, learning suites, staff community room and extra parking. The second stage of the build  involves a performing arts centre that will include a multipurpose auditorium, basement parking, music, drama and dance areas. 


Masterplan 02 Copy of 3D View 12- SMALL


For more information on the proposal, go to Iona Presentation College website for their video on the Future Campus


For the full article in The Post- please follow the link here. (pages 10 and 100)


It's Award Season in the Architecture World

EIW has been busy entering several projects into both the CEFPI Awards and the AIA Awards over the last few months.

We have entered Ngulla Mia Boarding Facility at Clontarf Aboriginal College, Hammond Park Catholic Primary School and Tranby College Social Sciences and Administration Building. These project submissions can be viewed on the following link: CEFPI Awards

We have also entered two of our projects into the Australian Architecture Awards; Hammond Park Catholic Primary School has been entered into the "Small Projects" category, and Clontarf Aboriginal College Trade Training Centre has been entered into the "Public Buildings" award.

The final decisions on all the awards are yet to be confirmed but have a look at our projects yourselves and see what you think:

Project: Hammond Park

Project: Clontarf Aboriginal College


Awards 2


Third Annual CEFPI Symposium is a Success in Perth, March 2014

EIW staff recently attended the third CEFPI WA Chapter Symposium, discussing inner-city education. A great line-up of speakers (including our own Peter Lippman) provided different opinions and thoughts on how education and our perceptions of the city are changing. You can read an article on the event by Associate Director Dani Martin here.  


Peter Lippman's article is published in CEFPI journal

EIW Architects own Peter Lippman is published in the 47th edition of the CEFPI journal where he discusses the 'Science of Learning'. To read the full article, click here


Peter C. Lippman is lecturing at SETT in Skandinavia

EIW Architect's Associate Director Peter C. Lippman will be travelling to Skandinavia in May for the SETT (Skandinavian Educational Technology Transformation) Forum

Skandinavia is heavily invested in the education of future generations and take pride in furthering technology to aid the children in education.

At the Forum Peter will lecture on the importance of creating spaces conducive to learning to encourage not only collaborative working but also private working environments to help concentration. There are many factors that can affect a potential working environment such as lighting, temperature and air quality. As we all know good air flow and natural light helps the body whilst it is working. It is also important to address the type of work that will be conducted in specific areas. If a space is too small to host a group or a space too exposed for single person study, it will diminish the effectiveness of the study space.

All these things will be addressed and elaborated upon in Peter's lecture and we are looking forward to hearing what he has to say.

For more information of the Forum and Peter's lecture, please visit the SETT website here


Interview with Peter C. Lippman Author of Evidence-Based Design of Elementary and Secondary Schools: A Responsive Approach to Creating Learning Environments (Part 1, 2 and 3)

Peter C. Lippman, Assoc. AIA, REFP, is an Educational Resource Planner and has dedicated his 15 year professional career to researching, programming, and planning learning environments. He has a Bachelor’s in Architecture and a Masters degree in Psychology. He uses various research methodologies to evaluate environments and make appropriate design recommendations. Peter proposed design solutions for the Mini-Treatment Lounge at Harlem Hospital Center’s Aids Pediatrics Clinic and for the School for Medical and Dental Assistants, both in NYC. Peter has also researched sustainable office environments, and currently focuses on how the physical environment influences teaching and learning. He co-chairs the American Institute of Architects’ National Committee on Architectural Education Conference in New York City; the Cyberspace and Digital Environments Network for the Environmental Design Research Association; and is the New York State Governor for the Council of Educational Facility Planners International.

Peter is the author of “Evidence-Based Design of Elementary and Secondary Schools" and was kind enough to take a few minutes out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions about his book.

To read Part 1 of the interview by Tim Holt, click here.

To read Part 2 of the interview click here.

To read Part 3 of the interview, click here.


Mt Lawley Primary School Rises from the Ashes

17 months after the arson incident at the Primary School in July 2012, EIW Architects has been working in conjunction with Department of Education, the Heritage Council and local and state government to begin rebuilding Mt Lawley Primary School.

Official "sod-turning ceremony" on Wednesday 11th December signifies the symbolic beginning of the building process, the contract for which having gone to Badge Constructions.

To view full article from WAToday, follow the link here.



Rendering of how the school may look upon completion


CEFPI WA Chapter- Inaugural publication "Thinking About Learning" Volume 1

Hammond Park Catholic Primary School and Tranby College Senior School & Administration Building have been included in the CEFPI WA Chapter inaugural publication ‘Thinking About Learning’, co-edited by Associate Director Dani Martin.

This publication celebrates the unique diversity of educational projects completed by CEFPI WA members over recent years. As a collection, the projects provide comment on current emerging trends, thoughts and ideas about learning and the spaces in which it occurs.

Featuring projects by Armstrong Parkin Architects, Broderick Architects, Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland, eiw architects, Gresley Abas, HASSELL, JCY architects + urban designers, Marcus Collins Architects, Nature Play Solutions, Parry & Rosenthal Architects, SITE Architecture Studio and Taylor Robinson.

Each project included conveys a different way of thinking about learning, and provides a link between educational theory and the built understanding of the learning process.

Publications can be ordered online via this link.