DEC Design Guides

Guiding Principles

Within a systematic whole of life, value for money framework that takes into account enhancement of learning and teaching, planning and development, sustainability and facilities management, provide functional and durable facilities that:

Provide locally responsive design appropriate to the physical and social environment of the school community

Create activated spaces that enhance learning and support learning purpose

Provide designs that consider the whole of a space as well as the interrelationship and use of all spaces

Provide a balance of dedicated and multi-puprose spaces (loose fit) to ensure flexibility while maintaining specialisation

Design reconfigurable facilities for a long life span that can be adapted over time with minimal costs

Provide designs that contain inbuilt adaptability to accommodate changes in technology and pedagogy

Design agile learning environments with flexible furniture to allow intuitive and easy rearrangement for different purposes.