Workplace Trends
Learning Environments 2018


The Design & Management of Learning Environments:
– The Student Experience .  #LearnEnvConf
Thursday 17 May 2018, 09:00 – 16:30 + Drinks Social & Tours
Bush House, Kings College London, 30 Aldwych, WC2R 4BG

Programme and Delegate List PDF

Speakers and Programme

Chair’s Welcome
Paul Wheeler, King’s College London


Jellybean Learning: The Future of the University Campus
Sue Holmes, AUDE & Oxford Brookes University

Sue HolmesThe world is undergoing huge changes in the way we work, communicate, live and learn.
The education sector, not immune to these changes, has to adapt to the latest technological developments, respond to cuts in funding, and meet evolving student expectations. To remain successful, universities must understand how to teach the next generation of students.
This will mean taking a careful look at what space is used for, and what it could also, or alternatively be used for, in order to gain the maximum from existing space.
In this session a senior member of AUDE presents findings from the new AUDE report on learning environments and how to build today for students coming to us in ten years’ time.
Sue Holmes is recognised as an expert on university space management, developing innovative spaces which create flexible and interesting areas in which to develop teaching and learning, and on issues related to effective use of space and good design in UK Higher Education and has spoken nationally and internationally on this subject. Sue took up the Chair of AUDE at the 2015 April AGM and her term of office was one year, before moving to immediate past chair. The role of AUDE is vitally important in times of change and challenge. Delivering innovative solutions across estates and facilities demonstrates sector improvements illustrated by the AUDE EMR annual report and the evidence in Diamond 2.
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From Concept to Post-Occupancy Evaluation: The Bush House Story
Niamh Godley & Holly Sorce, King’s College London

KCL Away Day Headshots-2The iconic Bush House buildings (previously the BBC World Service) has expanded the King’s College London Strand Campus and gives the College space to grow and provide students access to a modern and purpose-designed environment specific to the needs of staff and students.
KCL Away Day Headshots-93Following on from their presentation at our June 2017 conference, Niamh and Holly will give an update on project progress, and delegates will be able to see first hand the completed facilities via scheduled tours of Bush House at the beginning and end of the day.
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Engage: A Toolkit Approach to Inclusive Place (not Space) Design
Sinead O’Toole,  Sheffield Hallam University and Ian Ellison, 3edges

Sinead O'TooleSheffield Hallam University needed to develop an approach to help engage and consult with stakeholders when creating new learning and workplaces. A common challenge is how to ensure that staff are consulted in a meaningful way, feel valued and engage actively from the outset.
Ian Ellison
3edges and the University worked to co-create an innovative, scalable toolkit to use during the early stages of any project to achieve solid design brief, where project aims reflect strategic goals, and staff are engaged throughout the project. This is our story.
Ian Ellison, Director, 3edges: With 19 years’ experience spanning workplace and facilities management practice and education, Ian is passionate about the power of workplace to enable better business outcomes, and helps organisations make better decisions by thinking about their workplaces differently. Ian is co-founder of 3edges Workplace Ltd, host of the Workplace Matters podcast, and was a key contributor to The Stoddart Review’s ‘The Workplace Advantage’ report. Ian has written and presented on a wide range of workplace-related topics exploring the human and cultural elements of organisational and workplace change. For more information about 3edges visit
Sinead O’Toole, Future Spaces Manager, Sheffield Hallam University: Sinead spent 20 years in financial services, primarily in London, with a career that has included roles in banking operations, move management, project and change management. Having made the leap ‘up north’, Sinead joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2011 as part of the Estates team in the Facilities Directorate, quickly becoming a central figure in the university’s work on learning spaces. Having completed her MBA in FM in 2016, including a dissertation exploring academic workspace, Sinead’s motivation and passion has always been around changing work and learning places for the better, with a particular focus on people and engagement.
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Challenges for Universities: Opportunity for forming a brand
Christine Kohlert, RBSGROUP EU

Christine Kohlert
Learning Establishments today are looking for ways to spur the kind of creative thinking that leads staff and students to generate innovative ideas. Many are finding that the physical spaces in which people work and learn can provide a strong impetus to follow a creative train of thought.
Christine has recently co-authored Space for Creative Thinking which puts this trend into the knowledge-work context, discussing the underlying design concepts that factor into making a space that stimulates original thinking. The book follows this outline of theory with twenty compelling examples, which range from offices and schools to research facilities. Each case study is presented through photographs, as well as interviews with both designers and users. It concludes with a brief set of guiding principles for designing spaces that capture the essence of a Creative Thinking Space.
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With thanks to our afternoon Chair
Holly Sorce, King’s College London

Biophilic Design: Improving the human connection with nature in HE estates
Oliver Heath, Oliver Heath Design

Oliver Heath ***Pic by David McHugh 07768 721637***Oliver Heath explores the emerging science and style of Biophilic design; presenting new research that demonstrates how strengthening the human connection with nature we can improve the many spaces we live and work in. These improvements can improve mental and physical health plus cognitive performance improving the human health & well-being of many spaces be it offices, education, healthcare and hospitality environments.
Oliver Heath is an Architectural and interior designer and a recognised global expert in Biophilic Design. His work is expressed in number of mediums including the built environment, writing and the media, having worked for a number of television channels including BBC, ITV channel 4 and the National Geographic channel. His last book Urban Eco Chic (Quadrille) sold over 30,000 copies in 6 languages. He has acted as a spokesperson for the likes of the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Energy Saving Trust (EST) and the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).
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The Role of Psychoacoustics in Designing Learning Environments
Colin Campbell, Ecophon Group & Nigel Oseland, Workplace Unlimited

Despite resistance to open plan classrooms in the UK, the movement towards innovative learning environments continues in parts of Europe, especially Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand. Their definition (ILEs) is an ongoing discussion in itself and their success is dependent on many aspects. However, understanding the changes in pedagogic approaches, including aspects like the profile of teachers in this context and the quality of the acoustic design are key to informing the design process in order to deliver successful and sustainable learning outcomes.
Colin LColin Campbell is Global Concept Developer – Educational Environments with Ecophon Group, based in Sweden. His main focus is raising awareness about the importance of acoustic design for sustainable learning spaces.  This is done via Ecophon’s group of national Concept Developers in EDUnet, working with key education stakeholders, working groups and research studies. EDUnet are actively involved with ongoing Phd research studies with the University of Melbourne and Lund University as well as numerous applied case studies.

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Nigel Oseland is an environmental psychologist, workplace strategist, change manager and author with 11 years research and 19 years consulting experience. He advises organisations on how to redefine their workstyles to provide cost-effective workplaces that enhance performance. Nigel has developed accommodation strategies for many academic institutions and regularly conducts post occupancy evaluations. Working amongst people from a wide range of disciplines gives Nigel the unique ability to connect with and understand the requirements of the occupants of varying organisations, allowing him to instigate change. Nigel began his career at the BRE researching the impact of environmental conditions on occupant behaviour and performance to inform European standards. He then moved into consulting to apply his knowledge to the design of learning environments and workplace. As well as conducting independent research and presenting his results at international conferences, Nigel also lectures on wellbeing for UCL’s new masters course.
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Informal Student Environments: Learning from POEs of the LSE’s Saw Swee Hock Student Centre and LSE LIFE
Ziona Strelitz, ZZA Responsive User Environments

Ziona Strelitz Med QIt’s not just informal versus formal! Ziona will draw on ZZA’s POEs of the LSE’s architecturally distinctive student centre, and the School’s new curated learning hub, evidencing the respective roles of design, management and academic support, and the relevance of different informal settings, in meeting the range of student needs.
Design Anthropologist + Strategist, Ziona Strelitz specializes in research + strategy to inform + shape responsive, sustainable settings. As Founder Director of ZZA Responsive User Environments, her work links social, cultural, design + management perspectives. 
She has built a distinctive repertoire of interdisciplinary study + practice for leading clients, focused at the intersections of physical + virtual activity, space + place, and spanning multiple spatial scales, locations, building types + user sectors. Ziona is highly experienced as a judge of built environment awards, member of expert panels, author, lecturer + international presenter.
Ziona’s books include: ‘Buildings that Feel Good’, RIBA Publishing, 2008, and ‘Energy People Place: Sustainable Urban Paradigm’,SHP, 2012
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1550 Libraries at the heart of the student experience
Andrew Harrison, Spaces That Work

Andrew Harrison photo1Libraries are seeking to shift from their traditional role as repositories of information and other resources for individual, passive learning to being places where learners meet, collaborate, and interact in learning processes that are much more dynamic. The future academic library is less about books and more about access to information expertise and access to a rich landscape of learning and research settings supporting digital scholarship, individual and group learning, social activities and community engagement activities.
Andrew Harrison will discuss the impact of the changing nature of scholarship and student expectations on academic libraries and explore how the library will continue to be at the heart of the university experience for students and act as a focal point for knowledge transfer and industry engagement.
Andrew Harrison established Spaces That Work Ltd, an independent consultancy specialising in learning environments, in early 2011. Prior to this he was Director of Learning and Research at DEGW, an international design practice based in London. He has worked with a wide range of Universities in the UK and internationally on building and campus design projects including: Imperial College, Oxford University, University of Glasgow, Aalto University in Helsinki and the Aga Khan University in East Africa, Pakistan and London. His book on future learning environments ‘ Design for the Changing educational landscape: space, place and the future of learning’ was published by Routledge in 2014. Since 2015 he has been part of the team delivering the new Swansea Waterfront campus project for the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and has also worked on several University wide projects looking at future learning and work spaces for the University. He was appointed as Professor of Practice by the University in 2016 to further explore the relationship between pedagogy and space in both their own campus and their academic research.
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Who’s Attending
We’re delighted to have teams and individuals attending from these organisations, and even more delighted that over 40% of them are education institutions!

  • 3edges
  • Arts University Bournemouth
  • Associate
  • AUDE
  • AWW
  • Bennetts Associates
  • BGS Architects
  • Bisset Adams
  • BMJ Architects
  • bpr architects Ltd
  • Buro Four
  • BuroHappold
  • Burwell Deakins Architects
  • Cardiff University
  • Cathy Stewart Associates
  • City, University of London
  • Coretex International Ltd.
  • Coventry University
  • CPMG Architects
  • DIT
  • Dyson
  • Ecophon Group
  • Elite Office Furniture
  • Envoplan
  • FiD ltd
  • Foster + Partners
  • Galliford Try
  • Hawkins Brown Architects LLP
  • Herman Miller
  • Hilson Moran
  • HLM
  • HOK
  • IKEA
  • jestico + whiles
  • John Robertson Architects
  • Just Practising
  • KI Europe
  • King’s College London Library Services
  • King’s College London
  • KSS Design Group
  • Learning Spaces Consultant
  • London metropolitan university
  • London South Bank University
  • Loughborough University
  • LTS Architects
  • Mosaic Space
  • Oliver Heath Design
  • Osborne
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Paragon Interiors
  • Peter Marsh Consulting
  • PTS Consulting
  • Queen Mary University London
  • RHP
  • Rock Townsend Architects
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Sheppard Robson
  • SOAS – University of London
  • Southampton Solent University
  • Southerns Office Interiors
  • Space Zero
  • Spaces That Work
  • The University of Manchester
  • UCL
  • Unispace
  • University of Brighton
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cambridge – Department of Engineering
  • University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • University of Kent
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Nottingham Libraries
  • University of Reading
  • University of Roehampton
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Surrey
  • University of the Arts London
  • University of the West of England
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Westminster
  • University of Wolverhampton
  • University Partnerships Programme
  • Well Physio
  • Workplace Trends
  • Workplace Unlimited
  • ZZA Responsive User Environments

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