Educational establishments are cornerstones of their com­munities. They symbolise the importance of educating children and youth in that particular setting and reflect com­munity values.


Our design approach supports the performance of the educational environ­ment. We work with our clients to produce all aspects from intelligent master planning, to building design and the creation of outdoor learning and play areas.

Our designs provide a modern learning environment supporting the delivery of knowl­edge and the use of technology, whilst providing flexible learning environments.  

Toowoomba Grammar School Cricket Pavilion

With space for up to 150 guests the newly adapted cricket pavilion is a valued addition to sporting and event facilities at historic Toowoomba Grammar School.


Southport Special School

The project is to expand the special school’s capacity and cater for increasing enrolments caused by gentrification, infrastructure development and increasing population density of Southport and its neighbouring suburbs.


Toowoomba Grammar School Aquatic Centre

PDT designed the aquatic centre to take a modern twist on the existing school buildings while sitting comfortably on a challenging site.


Queensland Academy for Creative Industries

PDT Architects were approached to design a “state of the art“ education facility to inspire elite students throughout the state.


James Cook University Medicine & Pharmacy Expansion

Located in the heart of James Cook University’s Medical Precinct, the Medicine and Pharmacy expansion is designed to accommodate world leading research and education.


James Cook University, Vet Sciences Precinct

The new necropsy-pathology laboratories, an administration building and animal handling facilities have been designed to both complement the surrounds and contrast with the existing buildings in the precinct.


QUT Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation

Award-winning QUT Institute of Biomedical Innovation caters for approximately 400 researchers and support staff with a design promoting interaction and idea sharing between departments.


University of Queensland Centre

More than 10 years later the hallmark multi-purpose facility at the St Lucia Campus of the University of Queensland continues to fully realise its potential as a multi-purpose centre for both internal and external use.


Upper Coomera State College

PDT produced the master plan, design and documentation for a quality learning environment to serve prep to year 12 co-education.


Prep School Roll Out

The Design and construction of 350 preparatory projects across approximately 200 schools in South East Queensland region, over a 2.5 year period demonstrated exceptional time management ,risk management and organizational and communication skills.


Our Education team understand how the design of school environments has a substantial bearing on the behaviour and well-being of students, the productivity of staff and the operational efficiency of the school and work with clients to ensure positive outcomes in these areas. 

Education Leadership Team

Susan Playford

Managing Director/Partner

Laurence Taylor


Miranda Sheehan


Nathan Clausen

Senior Associate/Partner/Manager Landscape Architecture

Ray Pini

Senior Associate/Partner

Richard Patenaude

Senior Associate/Partner

Tim O’Donnell


Scott Salmon

Project Leader


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