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8 November 2016

Victorian architects and designers have proven to be top class, taking out prizes in  this year's  Victorian School Design Awards. Fourteen schools from across the state were shortlisted for six awards, including best primary school, best secondary school and inclusive design.

Somerville College Technical Education and Trade Training Centre

Somerville College, Technical Education & Trade Training Centre by Gray Puksand. Photo: Christine Francis

Sustainably designed workshops made from rammed earth and exposed timber at Somerville College's Technical Education and Trade Training Centre were a highlight. This project designed by Gray Puksand won Best School Project over $3.5 million for their design. 

From a Discovery Centre with outdoor learning spaces and a 'think tank' at Sandringham College, to an experiment and IT lab for students at Kananook Primary School, the winning designs showcase how modern school design facilitates positive learning experiences.

The Victorian School Design Awards is an annual program run by the Victorian School Building Authority. They recognise the architects and designers who have provided innov​​ative, creative and practical schools and learning spaces in Victorian Government schools.

Best School Project – Above 3.5 million: Gray Puksand for Somerville College Technical Education and Trade Training Centre

Best School Project – Between $1 million and 3.5 million: ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects for Sandringham College

Ministerial Commendation for best use of inclusive design: ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects for Officer Specialist School

Best School Project – Below $1 million: Wendy Hastritch Architect Pty Ltd for Kananook Primary School Official

Best Primary School: Minx Architecture for Fairhills Primary School

Best Secondary School: Baldasso Cortese Architects for Ashwood High School

Find out more about the winning school designs