RMIT, School of Media and Communication Design

Building 9, Melbourne, Victoria

Client: RMIT University


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The overall Building 9 project was about creating a new home for the School of Media and Communication – a school that was previously spread over ten various buildings and locations within RMIT. The School teaches Advertising, Communication, Communication Design, Editing & Publishing, Journalism, Media and Public Relations.

Spowers applied extensive user group workshops, consultations and an interactive prototyping process. The design outcomes represent current industry practice in the convergence of all the disciplines taught within the school.

Integrated learning and a strong exposure of the research components within the school, underpin the pedagogical aims and aspirations of the project. Multi-purpose collaborative learning spaces are supported by highly interactive visual and audio technology.

Development of breakout spaces for students to socialise and participate are critical to the overall school environment and further ensure high usability and activation of the building. These spaces also enable flexibility and adaptability as the campus develops and moves into the future.

Video: Building 9 Renovation Time-Lapse


2012 Shortlisted
Melbourne Design Awards, Interior Design, Public / Institutional

2012 melbourne design awards

2012 Victorian Finalist
PCA Innovation & Excellence Awards, Heritage & Adaptive Reuse


The refurbishment by Spowers also contributed to:

2012 Winner
Australian Institute of Architects Public Architecture Award, Alterations & Additions

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2012 Winner
John George Knight Award for Heritage Architecture


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