Time: 11:40 - 12:40

Date: 27-Nov-2019


A Sense of Connection: Lindsey Mitchell, BDP

Architecture isn’t just about creating beautiful buildings, it’s about creating an environment, a place for people and that involves designing for meaningful experiences.

We have an obligation to create education buildings that enhance the experience of the pupils, staff and communities who use our buildings, they should be excited to be in the places that we are creating for them.

Often we consider architecture to be an essentially visual experience, but it should be an experience that stimulates all of the senses, we should consider how we control and promote all of the parameters that impact our senses such as light, sound, colour, smell, adjacencies and connections and understand how these factors can contribute to engaging, healthy education places in conjunction with creating fantastic and inspiring spaces. BDP has undertaken a piece of work examining the experience of the end users of completed projects with the objective to make future education building design and user experience better. We can present our findings and discuss what we can learn from the vast array of projects already delivered.

Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change – Edu research from down under: Dr Wes Imms, University of Melbourne &  Shane Cryer, Ecophon

The first quarterly bulletin from the OECD this year contained two articles relating to the world’s largest education environment research programme, ILETC,research coordinated for both Australian and New Zealand governments from the University of Melbourne.

With over 30 industry partners and universities, 6 PhD students and thousands of schools taking part, Prof Wes Imms will share their latest (nearly at the end of the 4 yrs) findings, including a 10-15% attainment uplift in english, maths and science – The Holy Grail of design for attainment.

A review of learning and teaching spaces and their impact on learners: David Greig, HLM Architects & University of Glasgow Students

Globally, Universities are redesigning their learning spaces to meet changing demands in pedagogical practice and to improve academic engagement and student experience. With the Australian higher education sector leading this development, the UK is now fast approaching and probably overtaking them. This talk draws on our experience with various Scottish Universities in creating active learning spaces and the challenges, lessons learned and user feedback from these projects.

The University of St. Andrews appointed HLM to undertake a campus wide review of existing teaching and learning spaces. The purpose of the study was to plan future developments and ensure that a range of current and future teaching methods are supported by the spaces created.
Having gone through an intensive stakeholder engagement process examining various teaching and learning spaces, we will share some of the surprising findings when it comes to student and academic preferences. We will explore themes such as the need for the traditional lecture format and the move to open plan teaching spaces. How technology heavy should a modern classroom be? Does the 21st century student experience embrace the Hogwarts dining hall or the Google HQ?

Planning the next generation of teaching and learning spaces is an important part of most University’s strategic masterplans. How can Universities trial ideas and set space standards before committing capital expenditure to large developments? Can a one fits all approach be applied to learning spaces? We will walk through examples from a recently completed pilot project for the University of Glasgow. This will demonstrate how feedback was implemented in providing active learning spaces which can then be rolled out across campus. We will look at the lessons learned when it comes to furniture and technology and will explore how good design can contribute to inspiring learning environments.


  • Lindsey Mitchell Architect Director - BDP
  • Shane Cryer Concept Developer – Education - Ecophon
  • Dr Wes Imms Associate Professor of Education in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, a Director of the University of Melbourne's Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN), and Director of LEaRN@MGSE
  • David Greig Associate - HLM Architects


  • Stephen Long Associate Director Education - Scottish Futures Trust

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