A world- first in Educational Facilities Standards & Guidelines


The NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC) has nominated NBRS+PARTNERS as the primary consultants in a project which involves the conversion of the current School Facilities Standards (SFS) into a set of Educational Facilities Standards & Guidelines (EFSG). NBRS+PARTNERS is at the forefront in creating a world-first School Facilities Guidelines presented in a web-based system.

As a multi-disciplinary architectural practice, NBRS+PARTNERS has a strong history in educational projects which has led to a sound understanding of all aspects of school design. We understand the importance of establishing the appropriate spatial requirements and recommendations to support a variety of learning modes. This experience and knowledge will be invaluable in the evaluation and compilation of the EFSG, due to its focus on school design principles.

The transition from standards to guidelines attempts to encourage design rationale to be more transparent and user-friendly to allow for greater flexibility in design solutions.

The NBRS+PARTNERS team, led by Garry Hoddinett & James Ward, will provide an online set of learner-centred guidelines to aid the design of modern learning environments within NSW. The accessibility of this EFSG platform is unprecedented from both a technical and pedagogical perspective.

As lead consultant on the job, NBRS+PARTNERS will work in creative partnership with a range of consultants to update the guidelines. We will also collaborate with leading digital agency, Sitback Soutions. to achieve a contemporary and intuitive website that is user-focused, enabling a variety of user types to navigate through the School Facilities Guidelines with ease.

The look and function of learning environments have changed dramatically with time and as leaders in the design of educational facilities, NBRS+PARTNERS is perfectly positioned to deliver new Educational Facilities Standards & Guidelines that are in step with these 21st Century learning environments.


NBRS+PARTNERS is a people focused, research based studio that aims to enrich lives. By developing creative design partnerships our portfolio spanning public and private sectors exhibit an understanding of the people whose lives will be affected. Above all NBRS seeks to design environments that will have positive life changing affect. Architecture is the cornerstone of NBRS+PARTNERS global interdisciplinary design practice with expertise in Architecture, Heritage, Interiors, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, ESD and Research. Since 1968, NBRS has developed a research led international architecture practice based in Sydney Australia. NBRS is recognised for its innovative, award-winning design excellence and comprehensive expertise. Our design-minded, 50 strong team’s unique focus on creative partnerships helps to realise solutions, with extraordinary results.

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