John Held

Director, Russell & Yelland Architects, Adelaide

John has a long-standing interest in educational design with projects ranging from childcare centres through to major university projects.

John’s interest in the relationship between lifelong learning and the community was further sparked th rough his involvement in the planning of the Stage 1 of Mawson Lakes School and The Mawson Centre, a joint project of UniSA, DECS and the Land Management Corporation which provides university, school and community facilities in the same building.

More recently, his involvement in projects such as Galilee Catholic Learning Community has gained international recognition because of the close alignment of the school’s educational principles and the design of the buildings and site. He was also involved in the recent planning study for an Early Childhood Centre for Innovation, which included input from a number of state and non-government providers and SA Thinker in Residence Carla Rinaldi from Reggio Children in Italy.