The Mayfield Project


Below are some of the questions we have received from potential Mayfield Project participants over the years. If there is anything else you would like to know, please  send an email to

The Mayfield Project is a inquiry-based collaboration program for young professionals, from the backgrounds of architecture, design, education and planning. A diverse group is formed to investigate themes relevant to educational design, with a major presentation conveying the group’s research presented at the Learning Environments Australasia Regional Conference. Themes are set by the organising committee on a biennial basis and are generally designed to encourage creative thought and enhanced design outcomes.

Students (of education, architecture, design, planning or other related fields), 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 ‘early career professions’, 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 few months, then will present this information in a creative and engaging way at LEA’s Regional Conference. During the research period, you may need to learn how to video-conference, how to research new technologies, 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 an overall critical question.

You will be engaging in deep inquiry, contributing to current discourse on educational design in Australia. Your involvement may help uncover new designs, concepts, technologies and theories that will help advance the development of educational facilities.

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