A child’s school days will likely stay in their mind for their entire life.

A well-considered built environment can have a profoundly positive impact on a child’s experience of school; their desire to learn, to interact and engage with peers and teachers, can all be enhanced. We are constantly excited by the opportunity to create constructive contexts for this formative time of life.

Beginning with our first client in 1984, an Independent Christian School, we’ve been growing our experience and knowledge in this important area ever since.

Today, we have a dedicated team of 15 educational experts who are passionate about ensuring that our educational designs:

• Reflect the academic mission and values of the school
• Nurture the educational, social and spiritual growth and wellbeing of its students, staff and community
• Provide an engaging, comfortable and adaptable environment that supports all facets of school life and collaborative learning
• Create opportunities to engage students within agile learning environments
• Respond to environmental conditions and site constraints
• Optimise natural lighting, good air quality, appropriate acoustics, connections to outdoor and natural spaces

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Some of our Education projects

Wahroonga NSW

Wahroonga Adventist School

Develop a master plan to relocate the existing primary school to a new site and expand the school to a K-12 facility within the Wahroonga Seventh Day Adventist Estate.

Type of project:

New K-12 School Campus Master plan and Construction of Middle and Junior School stages


Stage 1 & 2 Completed 2017 | Stage 3 & 5 to be Completed 2019 | Stage 4 in Planning & Construction


Stage 1 $18 million | Stage 2 $1.5 million | Stage 3 & 5 $10 million

Situated on a constrained site, the school is designed as a 4-storey vertical school plus basement car parking and kiss and drop. It is arranged as 'three schools in one', being junior, middle and senior schools, along an 'internal pedestrian street' and with a rooftop playground.

The mass, facade and scale of the buildings have been carefully treated to respond to the local context and ensure internal visual and pedestrian connectivity over the five levels.

Stage 1 of the new campus (Middle School) comprises specialist learning areas (including music teaching and practice spaces, design and tech spaces, science laboratories, commercial kitchen facilities) and basement parking and was developed and documented for a lump sum delivery. The Middle School stage was completed and occupied in April 2017.

Stage 3 & 5 (Junior School) was developed and documented as an ECI form of procurement. The Junior School stage comprises general learning areas, music practice rooms, basement parking and a rooftop playground area and was completed and occupied in January 2019.

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Hoxton Park, NSW

Thomas Hassall Anglican College

Develop and oversee the continuous construction and renovation of Thomas Hassall Anglican College. Most recently, a refurbishment of the administration facilities to provide new student wellbeing amenities is currently in the design phase.

Type of project:

Yrs K - 12 School Masterplan and whole school development


Ongoing, construction commenced 2000. Stage 14 commencing mid 2019.


Approx. $50 million for whole campus

Stanton Dahl has been working with Sydney Anglican Schools Corporation on THAC for almost two decades and have overseen approximately $50 million in construction works, commencing with the initial master plan in 1999 to locate junior and senior schools around central courtyards. In 2013 SD revisited the masterplan to address a doubling of student numbers to 1800 and the acquisition of land. A central hub was created with coherent links between primary, middle and senior schools.

In recent years Stanton Dahl has completed a multi-purpose classroom and library facility, a major refurbishment of the school auditorium and hospitality facilities and in 2018 a multi-sports hall, the Rawden Middleton VC Sports Complex which is capable of seating 1200 people. Works also included a dance studio, outdoor athletics track and Australian Football League pitch. The complex has become an important facility for the broader community and has already hosted high level sporting competitions such as NSW Premier League Netball and the NSW Futsal Championship finals.

In 2019 Stanton Dahl completed a kindergarten for the campus and a refurbishment of the administration facilities to provide new student wellbeing amenities is currently in the design phase.

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McCarthy Catholic College

Design and develop a signature performance space and Cultural Centre with the ability to provide an iconic performance facility and flexible learning centre.

Type of project:

Music Performance Centre & Associated Music Teaching Spaces


Completed 2016


$5 million

Stanton Dahl’s long-standing relationship with McCarthy Catholic College and prior design of the campus masterplan lead to the invitation to design this signature performance space.
The new Cultural Centre building provides an iconic performance facility and flexible learning centre. The facility includes a 240 seat performance hall space which has been designed specifically for unamplified music recital and as an interactive learning and lecture space. The hall also contains integrated audiovisual equipment, including provision to record audio and capture performances in high definition digital video.

Adjoining the main performance hall is a generous open foyer and circulation space which has been designed for use by staff and students for flexible learning and for the display of student artworks and video presentations.

The facility also includes associated general learning areas, music practice rooms and music classrooms, one of which is a designated recording studio to be used for HSC performance and general music recording. This space is annexed with an acoustically separated recording control room equipped with a studio mixing desk which is also utilised as a learning tool for students. The recording facilities and main performance space are both frequently used by the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music.

The Centre opens out onto an expansive forecourt and shared zone area linking the existing college campus with the new cultural centre precinct.

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Education Team

Caroline Hart

Caroline Hart

Segment Leader - Education

Caroline has over 19 years of local experience in the architectural design, documentation and construction with the last 13 years devoted to the development of quality educational and ecclesiastical buildings at Stanton Dahl Architects. In 2015, Caroline became head of the Stanton Dahl Education Sector and leads a team of 15 staff.
Through Caroline’s involvement in the education sector she has developed a passion for developing community and learning environments that support and encourage the social, educational and spiritual wellbeing of the users. Caroline is specifically interested in the delivery of environments that support all areas of school life from pedagogical outcomes & staff professional development to community development, identity, engagement and support.
Since joining Stanton Dahlin 2006, Caroline has established herself as a trusted and knowledgeable expert in the field of school architecture. 

Phillip Stanton Dahl

Phillip Stanton


While an architect’s role is to objectively analyse a client’s needs using ‘outside eyes’, Phillip’s work as a client prior to founding what became Stanton Dahl in 1984 has given him an acute perspective from both sides of the fence.

Developed over many years and honed on hundreds of buildings, his ability to develop design solutions that serve the priorities of both the client as well as the building’s users is almost intuitive and continues to inspire the practice to this day.

Phillip became a Registered Architect in 1974. He joined the Property Dept of the Commonwealth Bank, rising to 2IC in the Major Projects Division where memorable milestones including securing the bank’s support in the early 1980’s for his plans relating to the total refurb of its property 48 Martin Place at a budget in excess of $125m.

Over the past 35 years in private business, he has grown Stanton Dahl Architects from a single-practitioner business to the significant enterprise with over 40 staff it is today.

Shayne Evans Stanton Dahl

Shayne Evans


Combining his passion for design, obsession to serve the needs of our clients and management skills, Shayne leads the practice into its next 35 years.

As a lead architect, Shayne has extensive experience in the design, documentation and administration of projects ranging from high-end residential work to low-cost schools. Several of the projects that Shayne has worked on have won national design awards and he relishes maintaining a hands-on role in Stanton Dahl’s significant design projects.

Shayne has a keen interest in using his skills to assist disadvantaged communities achieve high quality built environments without having to spend a lot of money. To that end Shayne spends some of his time providing architectural services to such communities.

This provides many opportunities to identify and implement creative and low cost solutions to some very complex problems.

Anandhi Dhanushkoti

Anandhi Dhanushkoti

Deputy Segment Leader - Education

Anandhi is a registered architect with more than two decades of experience, completing projects with varying levels of complexity from $500,000 to $10 million. The diverse projects include schools in both public and private sector located in cities and regional areas, automotive car showrooms and multi-unit residential.

Anandhi has a sound knowledge of building design and construction processes, having had involvement in all facets from design to hand-over of projects. She has strong management skills having successfully implemented Honda Australia Corporate Image for 60+ dealerships around Australia, which has developed the ability to successfully manage several projects simultaneously.

One of her key strengths is to build strong relationships with clients and stakeholders and deliver their projects within time and budget.

David Bell

David Bell

Design Leader

David is a senior member of staff with 30 years of architectural experience across a broad range of project types.

His practice has included educational, residential, commercial, heritage and transport projects, as well as public buildings, master planning and urban design. David is experienced in working with both private and public sector clients and has a sound knowledge of approval processes, procurement options, codes and standards.

He brings a strong design focus to the design development, detailed design and documentation of projects with which he is involved, and has lead in the design and delivery of complex projects. David’s skills in presentation perspectives and graphics are invaluable for communication with clients.

Susan Plowman

Susan Plowman

Senior Architect

Susan is a registered architect who has worked in aged care, civic and education architecture in regional and cosmopolitan New South Wales for the last 16 years. She has comprehensive experience of project procurement, master planning, design, documentation and contract administration with projects ranging in value from $100k to $20 million

Susan’s past experience as a high school teacher has informed her specialisation in education projects.
Susan enjoys the challenge of resolving complex projects and working together in a team environment to meet and exceed the client’s expectations.

Dominic Marra

Domenic Marra

Project Architect

Since graduating from UTS, Domenic has gained 13 years architectural experience across a range of sectors including Aged Care, commercial, hospitality and education projects throughout cosmopolitan and regional NSW.

Demonstrating a strong passion for architectural detailing and focus on successful project delivery, he has extensive experience in the design development and documentation of projects ranging from $35 to $100 million, and also undertaken contract administration roles on a number of these projects.

Inherent in his capacity as project architect, Domenic is responsible for the integration and co-ordination of all specialist consultant input on projects, and while under construction, for liaising with the head contractor.

Since joining Stanton Dahl, Domenic has been a valued team member working on the $20 million Arden Anglican School and $22 million Morling College Theological Education Facility projects.

Rhys Whale

Rhys Whale

Architectural Technician

Rhys has been with Stanton Dahl since completion of his training as an architectural draftsperson. He has worked exclusively in education projects and in this time has shown his proficiency in documentation and 3D modelling.

Coming to the industry later in life, Rhys brings a wealth of customer interaction knowledge to the table, from his many years of experience in service based workplaces. This translates to the office environment where Rhys’ comprehension of our design software means he is frequently called upon to answer CAD related questions and is always happy to help.

Rhys has recently been a part of the team for our $22 million Morling College project, which is under construction and is set to be completed late in 2019.

Teresa Lok

Teresa Lok

Since graduating from UNSW 12 years ago, Teresa has gained her architectural experience across a range of sector including commercial, retail, hospitality & mixed use in the capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane.

Teresa has a strong interest in interior detailing and the human experience in the built environment from her extensive exposure to previous multi-international clientele which led to her heavy involvement in furniture design – an invaluable experience that has provided a rare opportunity to be in control of design & project delivery on every facet and on all scale. In addition to this, she has also undertaken contract administration roles in a number of these projects.

Since joining Stanton Dahl in 2017, Teresa has been involved in the $20 million Arden Anglican School and is currently responsible for the design, integration and co-ordination of all specialist consultant input on the Gilroy Catholic College project, which is a multi-storey inquiry based learning hub.

Timothy Steele

Timothy Steele

Graduate Architect

Tim is a Graduate Architect who joined Stanton Dahl in 2008 whilst completing his studies at the University of Technology Sydney.

Since joining Stanton Dahl, Tim has gained valuable experience in the Education, Residential and Automotive office sectors. Over his years in the office, Tim has developed a sound understanding for the operational and functional requirements of both the Educational and Automotive clients.

During his time in the Automotive Segment, Tim was heavily involved in the development and application of Corporate Identities for three key brands across Australia. In 2012 Tim was instrumental in the development of HMCA facility guidelines that aided in the roll out of their “3D” CI package.

As part of the Educational Segment, Tim has crafted his Master Planning and design skills leading to successful BGA applications, and construction of projects in both Primary and Secondary.

Tim’s keen eye for design and attention to detail has allowed him to hone his skills as a Project Architect and oversee the construction of projects in Sydney, Melbourne, Ballarat and Mandurah (WA).

With a solid client focus, Tim has developed strong working relationships with his client base and is highly regarded for his drive to exceed the client’s needs.

Cassia Ciccone

Cassia Ciccone

Senior Architect

Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Cassia has completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Barcelona and has collaborated with numerous projects and practices in Brazil and Australia, bringing diverse culture and knowledge to the team.

With over 15 years of experience in commercial, residential and educational architecture, Cassia joined Stanton Dahl Architects in 2014 and has been working in the delivery of Educational and Church Projects since then.

With focus on the client needs, she has been responsible for the develop design, documentation and administration of a varied range of projects, coordinating and integrating construction components and specialists inputs.

Mary Isodoro

Mary Isidoro

Mary is a registered architect who has worked in various projects which include education, residential and commercial for more than 20 years. Her most recent project with Stanton Dahl has been the $22 million Ministry and Learning Centre (MALC) in Morling College located at Marquarie Park, NSW.

Mary has a sound knowledge of the building code and Australian Standards relating to architecture & construction having developed this skill throughout her long work experience in the industry.

She has a great organisational and project coordination skills with the ability to work on several projects simultaneously. Having been involved with big projects, Mary prides herself for being a great team player who aims in making sure to deliver successful projects.

Strapline Testimonial
  • “Stanton Dahl brought a deep level of experience in the design of our social and affordable housing programme for BaptistCare”

    Greg Philips, Project Director

  • “respectful of limited resources but also desirous of achieving the best outcomes”

    St Augustine’s Anglican Church

  • “challenging us and providing insight”

    Thomas Hassall Anglican College

  • “innovative design possibilities in the educational sphere”

    Seventh Day Adventist Schools

  • “good communicators. great design outcomes”

    Thomas Hassall Anglican College

  • “without doubt the most enjoyable projects”

    Denham Constructions