Integrated Design Studio

About the project

This project is one of a series of Integrated Design Studios (IDS’s) to be carried out under i-Hub. This studio is the second to examine schools. Learnings from the first schools studio will be built upon and extended.

Integrated design aims to empower architecture with engineering and technical performance, to produce “towards zero energy” facilities that will reduce operating costs and assist to combat climate change.

The IDS’s will generate improvements in integrated design processes as well as yielding design ideas for the building typologies they are concerned with. Renewable energy technologies will be a key focus.

Project title Integrated Design Studio (IDS) 03 – ACT Schools II
Project number IDS-03
Project location Canberra (ACT)
Lead partner University of Melbourne
Project partners AIRAH, Arup, Jacobs
Project participants ACT Government
Start date 07/2020
End date 05/2021
ARENA/i-Hub funding $74,646
Total project cost $203,007


Schools and the education sector represent almost 30% of all non-residential floor area in the built environment making them a significant contributor to energy use in the sector.

Recognising the importance of carbon emissions in combatting climate change the ACT government has ambitious target of net zero emissions by 2045.

Addressing energy use in schools is an essential part of achieving this goal and is what this IDS will focus on.


Integrated Design Studios (of which this is one), will be hosted by the Melbourne School of Design (at the University of Melbourne), and provide an environment where integrated design processes can be tested and refined on different building typologies (in this case primary and secondary schools).

The IDS’s will bring together academics, industry consultants, and clients assisted by masters level students to explore integrated design on schools refurbishment projects.

Output will include findings on how to best enable integrated design as well as student produced collateral on design ideas for a two case study school refurbishment projects in the ACT, Macquarie and Forrest primary schools.


This project is expected to contribute to the development of a robust integrated design process able to be extended to industry to change the way design traditionally occurs on projects improving carbon performance.

It will also produce design ideas specific to schools that may be adopted by the client, the ACT government, or the wider education sector. The use of renewables technologies will be a key focus.

Additional impact

Integrated Design by its nature is an inclusive process that will produce designs that better serve society as a whole. As well as improved technical (energy) performance, design outcomes are expected to also provide increased community and societal benefits.

Findings from the IDS’s are intended to be shared across wider industry of design and more specifically primary and secondary school design.

Project reports

IDS03 Design Studio Outcomes Report v2.0 (including Appendices)
IDS03 Sub-project Knowledge Sharing Report v2.0 – Final
IDS03 Lessons Learnt Report v2.0

Evaluation Framework

All sub-projects within i-Hub are evaluated as part of the ongoing i-Hub project management process. Evaluation is completed by the project manager and reviewed by the Activity Leaders Group and i-Hub Steering Committee. Please click here to read the Evaluation Framework.

Created 05/10/2020