Learning Environments: Designing for Inclusion

Thursday 2nd July 2015, 10:00 - 16:30
Regent's University, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NS

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Abell Nepp Director
Action on Disability and Work UK Work Services Programme Manager
AHR Projects Director
ArchitecturePLB Associate
Aukett Swanke Director
Berkshire Office Furniture Ltd Director
bgs architects Director
Bisset Adams Director
British Council, Global Estates Assistant Regional Asset Manager
Building User Design Solutions Ltd Director
burwell deakins architects Associate
Cardiff University Business Change Manager
Cardiff University IT Services Manager
Cardiff University Learning Spaces Programme manager
Claremont Group Interiors Head of Eductaion
Coretex Managing Director
Design Engine Architects Marketing Director
DTU Head of Real Estate
DTU Project Manager
DTU Project manager
Dublin Institute of Technology Architectural Adviser
FiD director
Gensler Firmwide Education Practice Area Leader
Glasgow University Head of Space Planning
Herman Miller UK Business Development Manager
HOK Senior Consultant
ING Director
INTO University Partnerships Property Director
INTO University Partnerships Vice president Spaces
Jam Tree Creative Director
King's College London Space Planner
Leesman Development Director
Leesman Index Director
London College of Fashion Learning Technology Support Office Manager
London Metropolitan University Director of Estates
London School of Economics and Political Science Assistant Learning Technologist
London South Bank University Head of Estates Development
Loughborough University Learning Space and Administration Manager
Newcastle University Assistant Estate Planner
Newcastle University Estate Planner
Newcastle University Research Associate
Oxford Brookes University Project Manager
Oxford Brookes University Space Planning Manager
PMc Space planner
Rock Townsend Director
Rock Townsend Director
Saint-Gobain Ecophon Ltd Concept Developer - Education
Sheffield Hallam University Principal Lecturer
Sheffield Hallam University Principal Lecturer
SmithGroupJJR Principal
Spacestor Business Development Manager
Spacestor National Sales Manager
St. Mary's University Head Of Learning And Teaching Environment Support
STEELCASE Education Account Manager (Higher Ed)
Stride Treglown Director
Studio TILT Creative Director
UCL Learning Spaces Service Owner
University College London Capital Projects Team Leader
University of Birmingham Learning Spaces Development Manager
University of Brighton School of Humanities Administration
University of Brighton Senior Space Management Officer
University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education IT/AV Manager
University of Essex, IT Services Director of IT Services
University of Kent Head of Space Management
University of London Business Development Manager
University of London Conference Operations Manager
University of Southampton Deputy Director Estates & Facilities
University of Southampton Director of Estates and Facilities
University of Surrey Central Teaching Rooms Manager
University of the west of England Head of Faculty Strategic Developments
University of Warwick Library Head of Client Services
UWE Bristol Head of Space Management & Design
UWE Bristol Space Manager (Acting)
Workplace Unlimited Director

Education spaces are increasingly being required to accommodate a broader range of activities and users.

Widening participation from outside groups and industry, and the requirement for inclusive design that covers both physical and cultural concerns, requires a whole range of considerations by designers and managers of education environments. 

This conference develops the theme of some of the issues discussed in last year's Future-Proofing our Education Spaces conference, and introduces research, results and case studies of relevant subject matter. 

Learning Environments conferences attract a friendly and loyal audience, from the design and management of education buildings, many of whom return year after year. Quality 30 minute slots are allocated for speakers, with time for questions from the floor. 

To further facilitate the discussion and transfer of ideas we will again be arranging our now traditional post conference drinks social immediately after the event. Weather permitting this will take place in the delightful and sheltered central courtyard garden area of the University. 

Our venue this year is the delightful and peaceful Regent's University. Located on the Inner Circle of Regent's Park, the University is easily accessible by public and private transport. The venue itself is spacious and tranquil, with accessible outside space during breaks (weather permitting) yet it is only minutes from the hustle and bustle of central London. 

Overmight accommodation: For delegates wishing to stay overnight in London, to help you get the best special offers at nearby hotels, Regent's Conferences & Events have put together a Hotel Map that shows nearby accommodation options with best possible rates and special offers. The map displays live availability and allows you to book directly with each hotel: http://www.HotelMap.com/M9UYJ

Designing for Mind and Body

Steve Maslin, Building User Design

What are the often overlooked barriers to education and how might some learning environments prevent some people from fulfilling their in potential?

Steve will cite the experience of people within his network and his own personal experience of dyslexia.  He will also take a frank look at what the physical and sensory aspects of our learning environments could be saying and offer suggestions as to how one might address these. Amongst other things, he will highlight the significance of how our minds differ when it comes to processing sensory inputs and how this could tell us something about how we might maintain and create environments that enable our minds to do function to their best. 

Steve Maslin Bio

Steve Maslin, Building User Design

Steve is a Chartered Architect, Director of Building User Design and Research Fellow at the Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems. He is also a member of the National Register of Access Consultants, Building Research Establishment Global Standing Panel of Experts, several British Standards Institute committees and leads efforts towards Design for the Mind guidance. He comes to this subject with significant experience of diversity, including his own personal experience and whilst working within social services. His work includes both review of existing premises and design advice for new learning environments - emphasising the importance of systems thinking when clients develop project briefs. He believes that “enabling” learning environments - informed by stakeholder engagement - leads to greater wellbeing, effectiveness and increased social sustainability.  

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Learning differences, learning styles + workstyles, or, What I learned about workplace strategy from my daughter

Arnold Levin, SmithGroupJJR

Why designing for learning differences and learning styles can impact performance in the design of both learning and work. 

There is a blurring of activities that occur between designing learning environments and designing work environments. Learning differences, learning styles and work styles inform each other. We can use this understanding to better address the issues around successfully designing each of these ‘work’ environments.

Arnold Levin Bio

Arnold Levin, SmithGroupJJR

Arnold is currently a Principal with Smith Group JJR, leading design strategy initiatives across the firms practice areas including workplace, healthcare and learning studios. With over 45 years’ experience conducting workplace research, teaching, design strategy, and designing and developing workplace strategies, Arnold is among the leading practitioners of workplace design, design strategy and change management. He has worked in a range of industries from corporate, technology, media, science and healthcare and has held leadership positions at international firms such as IA, Gensler and TP Bennett. Arnold brings diverse experience from working and consulting in the US, Asia and Europe where he has utilized this background to connect design solutions to business models and position design strategy to enhance organizational performance. He has an undergraduate degree in design from Pratt Institute, an MBA in Design Management and an MPhil in Organizational Design from The Harrow Business School, University of Westminster in London.

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Designing lecture spaces to accommodate divergent learning styles and teaching methods

Caroline Pepper, Loughborough University and Nicholas Burwell, Burwell Deakins Architects

First implemented at Loughborough Design School’s auditorium, the Connect lecture theatre seating system is the result of three years’ research and development by Burwell Deakins Architects in response to the evolving patterns of learning and teaching in Higher education. Nicholas and Caroline will be discussing how their initial collaboration led to the creation of Connect and how such partnerships can help to broaden the user profile of educational spaces, in order to meet the demands of students from a wide range of educational backgrounds and showing how the principles can be applied to both refurbishment and new building projects.

Caroline Pepper Bio

Caroline Pepper, Loughborough University

Caroline Pepper, Learning and Teaching Space Manager is responsible for the development of learning environments at Loughborough University. This incorporates formal teaching areas, informal study spaces and learning technologies. She works closely with Students, Facilities Management and E-learning to ensure the development of learning spaces supports the student experience and aligns with the estate and academic strategy. 

  Nicholas Burwell Bio

Nicholas Burwell, Burwell Deakins Architects

Nicholas Burwell is the founding director of Burwell Deakins Architects, a London-based practice specialising in Higher Education design.

In the past, BDA have completed projects for Plymouth University, QUB Belfast, Loughborough University, Falmouth University, UCL and the University of Exeter, and were recently appointed to educational frameworks at Kingston University and are working Leeds University on further developments in lecture theatre design.

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The New Faculty of Business & Law Building at the University of the West of England

Marianne Reed, UWE and Matt Tarling, Stride Treglown

Building work is just starting on site with a new Faculty of Business and Law building for the University of the West of England. It is a large building that incorporates a wide range of facilities with a brief that stated the it needs to be a ‘building for all’ that can accommodate all users and be flexible enough to change over time. Marianne Reed at UWE has worked full time on the project with Stride Treglown for the last 18 months throughout the briefing and consultation process. Marianne and Matt will take us through this process and share insights that they gained along the way.

Marianne Reed Bio

Marianne Reed, University of the West of England

Marianne is the Head of Faculty Strategic Developments in the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of the West of England (UWE) where she is currently the client project manager for a £50 million new build for the faculty.

  Matt Tarling Bio

Matt Tarling, Stride Treglown

Matt Tarling is a Director of Stride Treglown and leads the dedicated education team where he has extensive experience of school and university projects. During the last nine years Matt has worked very closely with a number of different HE institutions on a wide variety of buildings nationally and internationally.

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Academics are from Venus and Administrators are from Mars

Tim Oldman and Peggie Rothe, Leesman

As the student caps are removed, estates departments are pressured to provide more teaching space and accommodate two growing – and very different – employee groups: academics who simultaneously juggle teaching and research activities, and administrators who provide support services for both academics and students. What can estates departments do to address the densification challenges without compromising the quality of the workplaces? What additional challenges does the difference between the two groups pose on the university facilities? With over 87,000 user responses from commercial workplaces, the presentation explores how universities can develop workplaces that are effective for a diverse workforce.

Peggie Roth Bio

Peggie Roth, Leesman

Peggie is Development Director at Leesman, the leader in measuring workplace effectiveness, providing a business intelligence and benchmarking tool that measures how workplaces support the employees that use them. Leesman offers no other services and thus holds the largest independent collection of workplace effectiveness data.  

  Tim Oldman Bio

Tim Oldman, Leesman

Tim is co-founder and CEO at Leesman, the leader in measuring workplace effectiveness, providing a business intelligence and benchmarking tool that measures how workplaces support the employees that use them. Leesman offers no other services and thus holds the largest independent collection of workplace effectiveness data.  

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The Essex Study: Optimised Classroom Acoustics for All

Shane Cryer, Saint-Gobain Ecophon

Shane presents the research and results from a six month experimental study using four similar classrooms in Sweyne Park School. Sweyne Park is a comprehensive school with a large resource base for students with hearing impairments, who are also taught in mainstream classes. Three classrooms were modified and re-modified to achieve the three acoustic standards reported in Building Bulletin 93 "Acoustic Design of Schools", which sets minimum acoustic design standards for primary and secondary school mainstream classrooms.  

Shane Cryer Bio

Shane Cryer, Saint-Gobain Ecophon

Shane is a Concept Developer for Education at Saint-Gobain Ecophon. 

Saint-Gobain Ecophon develops, manufactures and markets acoustic products and systems that contribute to a good working environment by enhancing people's wellbeing and performance. Their promise "A sound effect on people" is the core backbone of everything they do.

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Accessibility in Historic Buildings

Jude Harris, Jestico + Whiles

Director at award-winning practice Jestico + Whiles, Jude Harris will describe the firm’s experience upgrading a Grade II listed building for London School of Economics (LSE) to accommodate new teaching facilities and academic offices on its Aldwych campus.

Jestico + Whiles designed a new glass pavilion, sandwiched between two listed buildings, to resolve a number of accessibility and security issues with the existing buildings’ raised ground floor level.


Jude Harris Bio

Jude Harris, Jestico + Whiles

Jude Harris is Director at Jestico + Whiles and co-leads the practice's education portfolio, having worked on more than 50 schools and universities in the UK and internationally.  He is actively involved in the practice’s cultural projects, including the refurbishment of a number of significant historic buildings.  

The practice was commended in the School Architect of the Year category, BCSE Best of British School Awards and has been named the 'Education Architect of the Year' by the UK's Building Design magazine. 

Through his research at University of Plymouth and the Welsh School of Architecture Jude has developed an expertise in the field of energy, environmental design and interactive facades, and is co-author of a book called Intelligent Skins, which explores the use of integrated building technologies in building facades. 

After winning an international design competition Jude is currently working on Jestico + Whiles’ proposals for a new campus for Doha College in Qatar. He is also working on the restoration of renowned British architect Sir John Soane’s Pitzhanger Manor and Walpole Park in London.

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From Kent to Kazakhstan: responding to the complexities of global learning models

Maria Nesdale, Gensler

Whether you’re in Kent, London or Kazakhstan developing spaces that empower the next generation to meet the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow is becoming more crucial than ever. Changing student expectations and new learner platforms are casting doubt on traditional educational models and spaces. Drawing on Gensler’s global experience and cross sector knowledge, Maria Nesdale will discuss how design research can be used to respond to and challenge shifting educational paradigm, and ultimately encourage lifelong learning beyond the classroom.

Maria Nesdale Bio

Maria Nesdale, Gensler

As the Global Practice Area Leader of Gensler’s education and culture practice area, Maria is deeply involved in designing enhanced learning environments that deliver a vastly enhanced learning experience for all levels of student. Maria has over 10 years' of extensive experience working with diverse clients and delivering successful projects of various scales across sectors. She is highly regarded as a specialist in her field and as such was on the World Architecture News awards jury panel for education in 2012 and the World Architecture News Effectiveness Awards 2013.  

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