Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership, Geelong

People chatting and working in a guest lounge that has fabric upholstered sofas and brick colour carpet

The Academy’s Geelong centre presents a range of flexible and dynamic spaces, including learning studios, remote learning labs, a welcome lounge, and break-out zones.

The Academy’s Geelong centre adapts the conceptual framework established for the East Melbourne Academy, expressing learning journey themes and using round shapes. Bold circles on the façade and internal porthole windows reference talking circles, gathering and sharing knowledge.

A fresh combination of new masonry, glazing and updated fenestration has reinvigorated the building and façade. We chose redbrick for the façade to link the project to Geelong’s iconic redbrick woolstore buildings.

Cameron Smith
Senior Associate, DesignInc Melbourne
Wadawurrung Country
Geelong, Victoria
VSBA + the Academy
Project Contact
Cameron Smith
Dianna Snape
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Set in a repurposed 1970s Education Department building, the new centre now has the capacity to accommodate up to 300 people for region-wide events.

We reinvented the site as a healthy building with a design that maximises natural daylight, indoor air quality, outdoor connections, a natural palette and biophilic elements, and superb views to Corio Bay. 

An outdoor area with trees, brick pavement and a small fountain, few people are chatting and working in the seating area.
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Kylee Ashdown

Project Leader, Melbourne

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Jesse Newstadt

Project Architect, Melbourne

Koula Stylianos

Project Architect, Melbourne

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Dana Nguyen

Architectural Graduate, Melbourne