The Design & Management of Learning Environments
Thursday 16 May 2019, 09:30 – 17:30, + Drinks Social
The British Library, London NW1 2DB

Button Register NowOur Learning Environments Conference returns in May 2019!

With themes around adding value and influencing change with an integrated approach, this conference is set to continue the success of our past annual conferences on Learning Environments! See below for our outline programme.

With thanks to our conference sponsors


Workplace Unlimited

Sessions include:

The Checkland Atrium: A Partnership in Sustainable Design
Stan Stanier & Jim Wilson, The University of Brighton

Stan StanierIn 2016 the University of Brighton established the Modern Spaces Programme – a multi-million pound strategic initiative to refurbish all teaching spaces.

The Checkland Atrium was the first large social space to be tackled by the programme team and gave us an opportunity to determine new design principles and standards, challenge conventional ways of working and deliver a clear statement of intent for future social learning spaces. It also gave us an opportunity to fully deliver to one of the University’s strategic objectives – to “create vibrant, green and sustainable campus environments in partnership with our staff and students.”

Jim-mugshotWhat resulted was a fantastic collaboration across numerous departments with departmental silos broken down by a common commitment to the principles underpinning the project.

Stan Stanier has spent most of his career working in technology, specialising in learning technologies and the application of technologies to support teaching, learning & research. Latterly, Stan has taken the lead for the University’s Modern Spaces Programme – a multi-million pound strategic investment to modernise all learning spaces across the university.

Jim Wilson has been a bespoke furniture designer and maker for over thirty years. A concern with the environmental impact of his work led Jim to study for and gain an MA in Sustainable Design in 2015. Since then he has taught this subject at Brighton and also Sussex University. In recent years Jim has collaborated with various companies including Puma and The Body Shop and has contributed to 100% Design and EcoBuild.
Currently Jim is working as a sustainable designer for the University of Brighton helping to transform its shared and public spaces.

Campus Strategy & Smart Universities: A Mental Rebuild® at Universities
Gitte Andersen, SIGNAL Group

Signal_Gitte_RED_02Local demographics and future demands to universities and HE institutions can change dramatically in a very short time. In many large cities in Scandinavia, several universities are challenged by a massive increase in students, increased demands to service and quality, and all with less money to deliver. How can we, by using the space we already have, get access to more facilities and at the same time deliver on high quality in learning environments.

Our unique data and fact-finding process, The Mental Rebuild®, identifies under-utilised facilities in 9 out of 10 cases, and our user-driven design processes enable us to put them into use.

This concept has helped many HE establishments in Scandinavia to identify smarter ways of using facilities. By changing the habits of how we use space, we can make room for more.

As the founder and Global Head of Workplace Management & Design of SIGNAL, Gitte Andersen is the creator of the mindset that SIGNAL is founded on – to work with space as a strategic tool to aid better performance in organisations. Gitte has been both nominated and awarded several prizes within the building and innovation industry and is a frequent speaker and lecturer. She also co-authored the books Space m2, and Facility Management as digital change agent’.

The Auditorium of the Future: How we can design intimate and collective spaces that are equipped for a technology-led world
Ian Stickland, Charcoalblue

The digital age has enforced significant changes in both the design and use of  lecture theatres and presentation spaces, but too often these changes are to the detriment of the relationship of a presenter and their local audience.  This session draws on the rich history of theatre, teaching and storytelling spaces to explain the fundamentals of auditorium design.  This can then be used to suggest ways that technology can enhance the learning environment whilst maintaining a strong connection to the human presenter.

Ian is a partner at Charcoalblue, a world-leading theatre, acoustic and digital consultancy. Following several years working in theatre, live music and recording studios he joined Charcoalblue in 2009 and has since contributed to many major capital projects including Google, BAFTA, Canterbury Christ Church University, Royal National Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, & The Perelman at the World Trade Center. He has a specific interest in how the digital connected world can interact with the built environment to form a cohesive and collective audience experience. 

Impacting Learning Outcomes Through Space Design
Lauren Bell, Herman Miller

DSCF0496How are universities measuring the tangible outcomes of learning space design? At a recent global research roundtable held by Herman Miller, participants explored measuring outcome variables impacted by the design of innovative environments, such as workplace readiness and student performance. In this session we will explore the outputs and results from learning space toolkits and new resources, and share ideas around key design outcomes and suggestions for the future.

Lauren joined Herman Miller in the USA in 2010 when she was a student herself. After 3 years developing Higher Education business and conducting research around learning space design, Lauren went on to work with university campuses throughout the US and the UK. Lauren now manages Herman Miller Education for EMEA and strategically works with university campuses throughout the world to create great spaces to learn and work.


  • Plus
  • Wendy Sammels, We Think Forward
  • Student Panel
  • Nigel Oseland, Workplace Unlimited
  • + More to follow

Drinks Social

As with all our events, everyone is welcomed to an informal drinks social immediately after the conference close. Here the discussion continues, and you can catch up with old friends and make new connections.

Conference Dinner

As an optional extra you can now join speakers and supporters of the conference at an informal buffet dinner from 7pm on the day of the conference. Early bird tickets for the dinner are now on sale at £65 + VAT.


Button Register NowRegistration is open now with limited early bird rates available from £145 + VAT with special rates for two delegates and Education Establishments. When these are gone, standard rates (around £225 + VAT) will apply.