This inner-city school canteen refurbishment project shines a spotlight on the transformative impact of The National Architects in Schools Initiative (NASI) on school design. The NASI is a Transition Year programme developed by the IAF that places architects in schools nationwide to facilitate design workshops with students. Shortly after completing the NASI in 2014, a fruitful consultation process began between architect/NASI Facilitator Evelyn D’Arcy, the school community and the project funders the Lauritzson Foundation, to advance a much-needed refurbishment of the school’s canteen, which had devolved into a poor state of repair since its 1970s inception.
Throughout the refurb, the architect prioritised the ideas of the students as the end-users of the space. With this people-first design strategy, along with fundamental support from the Lauritzson Foundation, the canteen has been revived into a fresh new multipurpose space which has proven to have had a positive impact on the lives and learning environment of students.