2023 Life Membership Awarded
06 Dec 2023
Dani's journey with LEA commenced in 2006 when she participated in the Young Professionals Project in Adelaide. Since that pivotal moment, she has emerged as an integral and dynamic force within LEA. A shining example of leadership, Dani's stewardship of The Mayfield Project, an activity-based collaborative endeavor for early-career professionals, has been nothing short of exemplary. Over the past decade, under Dani's astute guidance, The Mayfield Project has grown into a hallmark LEA initiative, providing immersive experiences for over 170 participants from diverse backgrounds and regions, fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration.
Beyond her instrumental role in The Mayfield Project, Dani has been a linchpin in various capacities within LEA. Her active participation in local Chapter committees across two states, including roles such as Communications Coordinator, Acting Treasurer, WA Chapter Chair, Chair of The Mayfield Project until mid 2023 and member of both the Marketing and Membership sub-committees, showcases her versatility and dedication. Notably, Dani's tenure as WA Chapter Chair witnessed a transformation in organisational methods, with the introduction of taskforce rotations that enhanced efficiency, increased engagement and mitigated committee burnout.
Dani's commitment to knowledge dissemination is evident in her prolific contributions to LEA's online platforms. Publishing over 50 news articles for the LEA website and collaborating on the creation of 'Thinking About Learning,' a seminal publication on educational practices and trends in Western Australia, reflects her passion for sharing insights and fostering a culture of continuous learning within the educational architecture community.
As an accomplished education architect with over two decades of experience, Dani's influence extends far beyond LEA. Her dedication to mentorship, evident in her work with students at universities and collaboration with educational associations, underscores her commitment to nurturing the next generation of professionals in the field. Furthermore, her active involvement in the Australian Institute of Architect’s Queensland Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and her foundational role in the AIA Gender Equity Taskforce in WA, exemplify her tireless efforts in advocating for greater visibility and representation for women in the construction industry.
Dani's leadership within LEA has continued to evolve, culminating in her current role as Regional Secretary on the Executive since 2020. In this capacity, she has played a pivotal role in the development of LEA's first formal Operations Manual and the redesign of the organisation's website. Her efforts have not only streamlined internal processes but have also amplified LEA's impact by creating a comprehensive digital platform that reflects the depth and breadth of the organisation's work and values.
Dani exemplifies the principles of meaningful collaboration and lifelong learning championed by LEA. Her work across both macro and micro scales of education facility design reflects a commitment to human-centered design and problem-solving. Her passion for creating environments that positively impact students' experiences is not confined to her professional life but extends to her tireless efforts in fostering collaborations within the Learning Environments Australasia community.
Dani Martin's journey with LEA represents an exceptional commitment to growth, inclusivity and excellence within our community. Her leadership, mentorship and advocacy make her an exemplary candidate for the prestigious Life Membership, and we extend our deepest appreciation to Dani for her invaluable contributions. We congratulate her on this well-deserved honor and look forward to witnessing the continued positive impact of her work within LEA.
Dani's LEA achievements timeline:
- 2020 – present Learning Environments Australasia (LEA) Executive - Regional Secretary
- 2020 – present LEA Regional Council member – Exec
- 2019 – 2023 LEA Regional Council member – Mayfield Project Chair
- 2019 - LEA Queensland Chapter Awards Coordinator
- 2018 – present LEA Queensland Chapter Committee Member
- 2017 – 2019 LEA Regional Conference Co-Chair ‘Transformance’, conference held in Perth
- 2016 – 2018 LEA WA Chapter Chair
- 2015 – 2018 LEA Regional Council member – WA Representative
- 2014 – 2016 LEA WA Chapter Chair Elect and Acting Treasurer
- 2013 - Co-creater and co-editor of the book publication 'Thinking About Learning'
- 2011 - LEA Regional Conference Team Member 'Marketplace for Learning and PopUProgram', conference held in Sydney
- 2010 – 2016 LEA WA Chapter Communications Officer
- 2010 - LEA Mayfield Project co-founder
- 2009 – Joined LEA
- 2006 - LEA Young Professionals Project participant