Innovative, environmentally designed educational architecture for all styles of school and every type of student.

Design Core Architects are highly experienced in the design and construction of schools, kindergartens and special education facilities. Design Core Architects has a reputation for being approachable and developing close working relationships with all their clients.

We can assist with funding applications and design for all major educational architecture projects. We assist with funding applications and liaise directly with the Victorian Independent Schools Block Grant Authority. For building upgrades and significant capital works projects we undertake a detailed site analysis, prepare all drawings, cost estimates, and carry out a thorough process of concept development. We provide detailed specifications and drawings for the contractors, manage the tender process, and oversee all aspects of the construction stage.


Educational architecture is at the core of our design knowledge and experience


We have many years experience in educational architecture. We’ve designed and built kindergartens, primary and secondary schools all over Victoria. We understand the bureaucratic and regulatory environment and we’re experts in designing for the changing needs of different ages and types of students.


Educational architecture projects are all different. We provide innovative but practical solutions to our client’s needs. We design for specialist areas such as creative art gymnasiums, along with multi purpose classrooms and administration buildings. Our designs integrate the latest technologies and meet the dynamic needs of contemporary learning environments.


Design Core Architects are designers of high quality educational architecture. We consult closely with all our clients and undertake a detailed project analysis to build a thorough design brief. Through the final design and construction phase, we work hard to ensure the project is successful and stays on budget.

Glenroy Specialist School educational architecture


Successful educational architecture is about understanding the client and how to better meet the learning and educational needs of students through innovative and affordable design.

The process of undertaking school building works can put a significant stress on school resources and budgets. Design Core Architects are experienced in all aspects of this process, from liaising with relevant sources of funding, reviewing regulatory requirements, to design and detailed construction documentation. The major elements of the architecture for education service we offer.

  • Funding Applications – Design Core Architects can assist schools across Victoria to gain funding for capital works projects and maintenance upgrades. We can liaise directly with authorities like the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) and the Victorian Independent Schools Block Grant Authority (BGA) on your behalf. From small building upgrades and maintenance to master planning for a capital works building project, our highly qualified, Melbourne based architects prepare all concept design drawings and cost estimates for the funding applications.
  • Design Brief & DevelopmentDesign Core Architects has developed a comprehensive design process to ensure client expectations are exceeded on each project. Our pre-design phase begins with a detailed brief and discussion of budget. We then undertake a comprehensive study and site analysis, develop initial design concepts and establish cost estimates for the project. Following initial concept approval, our architects develop the design into a final proposal. This stage includes developing structural and engineering concepts and materials selection. At all stages of the design process, we regularly check that developments match with the original brief and continually discuss all developments with clients.
  • Contract Documentation – Attention to detail has been at the heart of Design Core Architects success. We provide detailed drawings and specifications, manage the tender process, prepare building contracts, and facilitate the execution of the contractual agreements.
  • Project Administration – Design Core Architects ensure that quality in building design is continued through the construction phase. We appoint one of our principal architects to provide professional and experienced contract administration during the construction phase. We oversee the contract works to ensure accuracy in construction, and pay particular attention to the administration of contract adjustments (variations and time extensions) to make sure the job is finished on time and on budget. All our team are highly experienced in working with contractors and ensuring clear communication across all phases of a project.


Talk to us about your next school building project.




(03) 9753 6016

1/1057 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully, VIC 3156


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