UQ Science students’ new Planning Studio
UQ science students have just received a boost to their learning facilities. The University of Queensland School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management has created a new space to assist students to develop skills using innovative, collaborative technology.
The Planning Studio is a $1.5-million student space, which will foster collaboration through its design and facilities, allowing UQ science students to work together on projects that address real world problems.
School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Head Professor James Shulmeister said planning was a profession that shaped urban places through a practical understanding of how they function.
“The Planning Studio is a practical space for students to apply their knowledge and create links between their current learning and future careers,” Professor Shulmeister said.
“A large number of students, as well as the local governments, development companies and community groups they work with, will benefit from having this dedicated learning space.”
Officially opened on Nov. 13, the new space will allow approximately 300 Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning students to use the studio each year, along with students in the Environmental Management program and Bachelor of Science or Arts geography majors.
The studio incorporates a large, subdividable space for UQ science students, with internet-connected pods for group work, several small, soundproofed meeting rooms with presentation facilities, and a casual meeting place for students.
“The facilities in the new Planning Studio are optimized for students to work together and learn effectively,” Professor Shulmeister said. “The learning approaches in these disciplines involve spatial problem-solving. Students need to integrate maps, plans and computers, while working together as a group and with external bodies, to address real planning challenges.”
The studio was designed by dm2 Architecture.
Project architect Samir Hamaiel said the project combined modern technology and the school’s environmental focus while retaining the character of UQ’s historic Steele Building.
The Planning Studio was funded by the University of Queensland’s Enhanced Student Charge program, the Faculty of Science and the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management.
About the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management
The the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management at UQ is part of the Faculty of Science. Unique within Australian higher education, the multidisciplinary structure of the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management (GPEM) at the University of Queensland combines teaching and research coupling natural and built environments. With an integrated, interdisciplinary approach, GPEM helps educate tomorrow’s leaders facing important environmental issues such as climate change, urbanization and sustainable development. With a focus on sustainability and collaboration through a balanced mix of hard science, social science and policy planning, GPEM offers programs for undergraduate, post-graduate coursework, research higher degree students. UQ’s flexible programs, led by world-class academics, offer hands-on student fieldwork and access to excellent facilities and resources.