The HERDSA 2013 conference will be held in the new WG learning precinct at AUT University in Auckland. The new WG precinct is a key development at AUT, incorporating the latest thinking in learning space design and specialist facilities for teaching and learning across a range of disciplines.
Located at the corner of Mayoral Drive and Governor Fitzroy Place at AUT University City Campus, this extensive complex includes a 12-floor tower, a plaza, glass atrium, and a green quad.
A major gateway to AUT University
Designed for contemporary learning
The link between space, technology and the process of teaching has been carefully considered in the design and choice of technology.
High-efficiency heating and air-conditioning, low-energy lighting and long-life materials also contribute to the visionary design and function of the buildings.
Linked to business and law, hospitality and tourism buildings
Housing a world-class communications school
The media centre will bring all communication studies programmes together under one roof, including advertising, digital media, journalism, public relations, radio and television.
To adapt to the changing needs of our students and advancements in technology, and to make the most of the new facilities, the curriculum for the School of Communication Studies will be modified from 2013.
Key features of the new precinct
Level 1: Loading dock and workshop, with some additional space for services
Level 1.5: Entrance to Mayoral Drive, a glass-walled lecture theatre, collaborated social learning space, lobby area and reception/exhibition space
Level 2: A large forum, with access to the WA conference room (and the remainder of WA Level 2), screen, performance, digital media, and audio studios
Level 3: Access to Governor Fitzroy Place, entry to AUT's largest lecture theatre (up to 380 students), lobby area, collaborative social learning spaces, radio station studio, student kitchen, public cafe, different size studios
Level 4: Entry to the large lecture theatre, collaborative social learning spaces, bridge access to WA Level 4 (library), case room, a green quad
Level 5: Media centre, multiple collaborative social learning spaces
Levels 6-11: Teaching and classrooms
Level 12: Office space