Fulton Trotter Architects recognised as world leading educational architecture and design firm

Australian architecture firm, Fulton Trotter Architects has taken out one of the world‘s most prestigious education architecture awards from the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) – formerly CEFPI.

As part of the 2015 Association for Learning Environments Annual Conference and Expo in San Diego in November, five “Projects of distinction/new construction were awarded worldwide, and Fulton Trotter Architects’ Noosa Flexible Learning Centre project was announced as the only Australian recipient.

The centre had been announced as the winner of the “Entire new school” category at the organisation’s Australasian awards in May and moved on the international awards.

The school is part of the Youth Plus network of schools run by Edmund Rice Education Australia.

Fulton Trotter Architects’ Director, Mark Trotter, said the learning centre has successfully created an alternative learning environment for disengaged and disadvantaged youth.

The $3.5-million dollar centre “is an asset to both the social and environmental fabric of the Sunshine Coast community” said Trotter. “The alternative nature of the Flexible Learning Centre has been a wonderful opportunity to push the boundaries of the conventional notion of ‘school’ and explore new educational design possibilities at their most fundamental level. This path has forced us to cast aside traditional, preconceived notions and start from scratch.”

The award recognizes both design and high quality community and educational engagement.

Noosa Flexible Learning Centre has received several industry awards including an Australian Institute of Architects 2015 Sunshine Coast Regional Commendation and the Stormwater Queensland 2014 Award for Excellence in Integrated Stormwater.