St John’s Catholic Leadership Centre

Creating Comfortable Places of Everyday Rituals

The Catholic Leadership Centre is a Professional Learning Centre for Teachers and Principals within the Catholic Education system. An adaptive reuse project at the St John’s Evangelist School site in Melbourne, the complex centers on a redefined landscaped garden, utilizing the existing cloistered verandahs of the original St John’s school building. Site circulation occurs from this space and becomes a focal point for contemplation and a light well to the surrounding buildings.

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Four existing buildings on the site are now part of the centre, including the currently functioning congregation of St. John’s Evangelist Catholic Church. The other three, the heritage Celtic Hall, the small Anglican Church and the St John’s school building, were refurbished and converted into new meeting and learning spaces.

In addition, three new buildings were inserted, connected by a covered walkway through the spine of the complex, including two large conference spaces, pre-function room, learning spaces, dining facilities and hotel accommodation. The mix of old and new building stock has reinvigorated the site and re-defines it as a key tertiary Catholic community learning centre and conference facility offering a distinctive campus experience for students, residents and visitors.


Catholic Education Office




Melbourne, Australia

Completion Date



Not available


Two 2013 Master Builder Awards