ARM Director Mark Raggatt and ARM Principal Amber Stewart were on the lineup of speakers at this year’s TEFMA (Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association) conference in Sydney, held 10-13 September 2023. Speaking on the last day of the conference, the pair presented ARM’s recent work at the Sydney College of the Arts (SCA).
The main objective of the project was to repurpose the Old Teachers’ College (OTC) building, a heritage-listed site designed by George McRae, into a modern facility that could accommodate various art forms, including sculpture, ceramics, and more. The challenge was to strike a balance between preserving the historical significance of the site and integrating contemporary functionality.
One of the noteworthy achievements of the SCA project was its success in unifying students from different art disciplines. Previously dispersed across the large Rozelle site, the move to the OTC building encouraged collaboration and interdisciplinary projects, enhancing the overall student experience.