The Mayfield Project



The Mayfield Project is Learning Environments Australasia (LEA)’s collaborative research experience for emerging professionals. Running every two years, it brings together early career educators, architects, interior designers, landscape architects, planners, education administrators, consultants and policy makers. A diverse group is formed to investigate themes relevant to educational design, with a major presentation conveying the group’s research presented at the LEA Regional Conference. Themes are set by the organising committee and are generally designed to encourage creative thought and enhanced design outcomes.

Architects, Teachers, Planners, Researchers, Suppliers, Interior Designers, Graphic Designers, Consultants, Facility Managers, Estimators … anyone with a passion for education and design, and enhancing their own knowledge base. We are looking to bring together ‘emerging professionals’, so those that have been involved in the design and use of contemporary learning environments for under 10 years.

Group members will work together to research their topic over a period of months, then will present this information in a creative and engaging way at LEA’s Regional Conference. During the research period, you will learn how to collaborate online, who to talk to about innovative solutions, where to find mentors and how to work together in a team of diverse individuals, from diverse locations.

An over-arching theme is set by the Mayfield Project Sub-committee but it is then up to the group to coordinate and organise how they are going to respond to the theme, developing and then answering a key critical question.

You will be engaging in deep inquiry, contributing to current discourse on educational design in Australasia. Your involvement may help uncover new designs, concepts, technologies and theories that will help advance the development of educational facilities. The project is also an opportunity to build relationships and make long-term connections with LEA’s diverse network of professionals.

Some of the financial costs of the program will be covered by Learning Environments Australasia. However, participants will be expected to contribute their own time for all meetings, workshops and conferences.