Meet our newest Director, Dua Green
Allen Jack+Cottier Architects (AJ+C) welcomes Dua Green as a new Director in our Sydney studio. Since joining us in 2007 Dua has been involved in lighthouse projects across junior education and student accommodation.
She was instrumental in the design and delivery of the multi-award-winning Judith Poole Multi-Sports Hall for Abbotsleigh School in Wahroonga and continues the relationship through AJ+C’s master planning for its junior and senior schools.
Dua is also working on a new boarding house and masterplan for Loreto Normanhurst.
Q. What are your favourite projects?
I’d have to say the school projects we’ve got going on at the moment are my favourites. The projects are going to be transformational but I’m also really enjoying thinking about the design and raising the question/challenge to myself: ‘what would my kids find interesting here?’
Q. What do you love about designing education spaces?
I find it quite interesting learning about different teaching styles - the work going on in education - and how that's changing what a classroom is. A big bonus for me is working with the end users - talking to teachers about how they teach and the type of spaces needed to help improve their teaching and learning outcomes for children.
Q. How would you describe your approach?
I think the idea of care is crucial. We’re very client focused and often that’s about listening. Each school has its own pedagogical model; understanding it is key to delivering what they need and want.
Environment is critical to the way children learn, and there’s a lot of diversity in education spaces. Different age groups have different learning needs, and that has to be reflected in the atmospheres you create.