Associate Professor Clare Newton is a registered architect and Doctor of Education in the Melbourne School of Design. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on architectural design from users’ perspectives. Clare was Chair of the Ageing Hallmark Research Initiative and founding member of the Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN). Clare is currently a Chief Investigator on two Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects. The most recent is called Building Connections: Schools as Community Hubs. She led two further ARC Linkage projects on learning space design and evaluation. The Talking Spaces symposia instigated from her first ARC has run as annual conversations between industry and academia for the past decade. Clare was Director of the Bachelor of Environments with over 2,000 students and co-developed Design for Ageing as part of the Master of Ageing, as well as two other interdisciplinary and cross-faculty Masters. She is currently co-developing coursework on evidence-based design for health and wellbeing.