Wayne Stephens

Partner, RAIA


"We put diverse learners’ needs and abilities at the heart of every project, and design with communities to create transformative environments.”

Wayne Stephens is one of Victoria’s most highly regarded architects of contemporary learning environments, widely recognised for inclusive, learner- centred schools that are also highly valued hubs for their broader community.

For nearly 25 years he has led the masterplanning, design and delivery of exceptionally diverse education projects across Victoria. This includes new schools, education precincts, multi-campus redevelopments, refurbishments, modernisations, and the development of shared community infrastructure from games halls and performing arts centres to a regional STEM centre of excellence. Designing for children with special needs is a passion, and he has extensive experience in mainstream and specialist settings.

For around two decades Wayne has been a Partner at ClarkeHopkinsClarke, where he nurtures and leads a dedicated team of educational design specialists. Their success in delivering on our practice mission to Impact Tomorrow through collaborative community architecture is regularly recognised with highly regarded school design awards.

Our practice has been at the forefront of the schools-as-community-hubs movement since its inception, and Wayne’s commitment to peer learning has led to numerous roles in organisations like Learning Environments Australasia.

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