Skip to main content

Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australian Catholic University (ACU) and Fulton Trotter Architects have won the prestigious NHMRC ideas grant to explore a new model of Intergenerational Living and Learning Environments.

Fulton Trotter Architects, in an initiative instigated by Director Mark Trotter, are very proud to have worked in collaboration with QUT and ACU to develop the idea which has been selected as a recipient of a National Health and Medical Research council grant of $1.1M.

The central idea is explore how School and Senior living environments can be combined into a person-centred, health focussed and socially inclusive Intergenerational place for living and learning.

Dovetree Aged Care Community by Wesley Mission Queensland  |  Photographer: © Scott Burrows

The intent of the model is to reduce loneliness in the elderly, engagement of the young, training for future carers, improve generational understanding, and maximise the use of real estate and buildings for young and old alike. Deepening relationships, connectivity and understanding between generations is the vision for this project, with the ultimate goal of developing a decision support tool and new design approaches for integrated campus communities.

QUT as the lead grant applicant will lead the academic team in collaboration with ACU and Deakin University in a 5 year study. Four PhDs, designed to gather related interdisciplinary knowledge, will form part of this exploration.

They will be joined by an industry partner team consisting of Fulton Trotter Architects, Wesley Mission Queensland, Lutheran Services Queensland, Redeemer Lutheran College, and Minx Architecture.

The Association for Learning Environments Australasia’s Queensland chapter has endorsed the study and will also be an industry partner.

I’m excited about the prospect of developing a whole new building and development type which could have fundamental positive repercussions for our society. A society which is more connected, less lonely and celebrates all phases of life. And I am excited that we will do that within a structured academic process, parallel to actual building prototypes over the next 5 years.

Mark Trotter
Director, Fulton Trotter Architects +
Chief Investigator for the NHMRC Research Project


For more information on this project click here or contact Mark Trotter.