The Design & Management of Learning Environments:
– The Student Experience
Thursday 17 May 2018, 10:00 – 17:00 + drinks social
Bush House, Kings College London, 30 Aldwych, WC2R 4BG

Book NowOur Learning Environments conferences are pitch-free and attract a friendly and loyal audience: directors and managers from HE Estates departments, designers, architects and consultants, many of whom return year after year. Quality 30 minute slots are allocated for speakers, with time for questions from the floor.

This conference will examine how a modern and diverse learning environment can attract, engage and retain its students and staff.

In a difficult market, an HE institution must offer something more than their neighbour, or the ubiquitous range of online courses and overseas courses. A forward looking and enlightened approach to education and teaching practices is required – providing students and staff with a learning and working experience that sets us above the competition.

Speakers and Sessions include

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.

POE Results from the LSE’s Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
Ziona Strelitz, ZZA Responsive User Environments

Ziona StrelitzZZA recently completed their POE on the LSE’s architecturally distinctive Saw Swee Hock student centre, plus a POE of the School’s new curated learning hub in the main library. Ziona will present the results, using the comparison to consider the relative roles of design and management / academic support in meeting student needs.

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.

Space For Creative Thinking: Design Principles for Learning Environments
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.

KCL Away Day Headshots-2The Transition to Bush House: Change management and academic offices
Niamh Godley & Holly Sorce, King’s College London

The 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 our staff and students.

KCL Away Day Headshots-93Following on from their presentation at our June 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 throughout the day.

Nigel 2017 cropThe Role of Psychoacoustics in Designing Learning Environments
Nigel Oseland, Workplace Unlimited

Nigel presents the results of his new research – hot-off-the press!

The Teaching Excellence Framework
Speaker to be announced

Designing for a Social Value in the HE Environment
Speaker to be announced

The Growth of Online Learning – Implications for University Estates
Speaker to be announced

6465749327_1b08f80273_q.jpgPost Conference Drinks Social
Join the speakers & organisers for drinks and nibbles

As is traditional at most of our events, the conference will end with a drinks reception where the discussion continues, and you can catch up with old friends and make new connections.

Our venue: Bush House, Kings College London
We’re delighted to have secured Bush House’s new state of the art auditorium as our venue and our friends at Kings College have kindly agreed to arrange tours of the building during the day.


Limited numbers of Super-Early Bird tickets are available now as follows:Book Now

AUDE Member: 1 Person£80 + VAT
AUDE Member: 
2 Persons – £140 + VAT
Other Education Establishment:
 1 Person – £95 + VAT
Other Education Establishment: 2 Persons – £160 + VAT
Standard Ticket: 1 Person – £125 + VAT
Standard Ticket: 2 Persons – £220 + VAT

Later registration prices will rise by steps to approximately £175 + VAT pp.

Your registration fee includes attendance, refreshments and lunch, digital handouts, and the post conference drinks social.

Who’s Attending

Bookings have only just opened, but we’re delighted that we already have teams and individuals attending from these organisations:

  • AUDE
  • Coretex International Ltd.
  • CPMG Architects
  • FiD ltd
  • Herman Miller
  • King’s College London
  • Learning Spaces Consultant
  • London Metropolitan University
  • Loughborough University
  • LTS Architects
  • Oliver Heath Design
  • Osborne
  • Saint-Gobain Ecophon
  • UCL
  • University of Brighton
  • University of Kent
  • University of Reading
  • University of Southampton
  • Workplace Unlimited
  • ZZA Responsive User Environments