Supported by the National Gallery of Victoria, Gray Puksand presented an insightful panel discussion on The Future of Inclusive Design during this year’s Melbourne Design Week.
We were delighted to welcome Melbourne’s design community into the “Tardis”, more commonly known as our recently completed historic Yarra Falls building in Abbotsford, Victoria to think differently about designing for inclusivity.
Moderated by one of our Melbourne Partners Kelly Wellington, we heard from Sally Lasslett, Principal of Hester Hornbrook Academy (HHA) and Nick Morris OAM, Director of Morris Goding Access Consulting (MGAC) who provided insights into how the built environment is incorporating inclusivity into design elements.
Hester Hornbrook Academy, an independent school for students who were failed by the mainstream school system – designed by our Melbourne Education team and led by Partner Mark Freeman – was at the heart of the night’s conversation.
The school is designed to be a learning space for disengaged school students who have experienced social adversity and significant trauma. HHA’s sensitive design response supports a myriad of students who are unable to learn in a traditional environment and builds a spirit of community, encourages inclusiveness, and promotes social interaction, connection and belonging.