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 will used Aged Care as a case study.

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-07 Aged Care – Active Community Group
Project number IDS-07
Project location Melbourne
Lead partner University of Melbourne
Project partners AIRAH, Atelier 10, Place Design
Project participants Active Community Group
Start date 01/2021
End date 11/2021
ARENA/i-Hub funding $74,646
Total project cost $203,007


The number of Victorians aged 60 years and over is forecast to almost double from 1.4 million people (22% of population) to 2.7 million people (27% of population) in the 3 decades from 2020 to 2050 (source: ABS Census). As a result, aged care continues to be an important growing sector in construction.

Active Community Group are an established business in aged care. The group wishes to change the way aged care is provided to offer full spectrum transition from home care through residential services and into palliative care.


The Integrated
Design Studios (of which this is one), will be carried out at a number of
universities (UoM, QUT, and University of Wollongong), they provide an
environment where integrated design processes can be tested and refined on
different building typologies.

The IDSs bring together academics, industry consultants, and clients assisted by masters level students to explore integrated design.

Output will include findings on how to best enable integrated design as well as student produced collateral on design ideas for Aged Care facilities.


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 aged care facilities that may be adopted by the client, Active Community Group, or the wider aged care 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.

Project reports

IDS07 Design Studio Outcomes Report – 100%
IDS07 Final Sub-Project Knowledge Sharing Report
IDS07 Lessons Learnt Report v2.1

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 20/04/2021