Wellbeing in Learning Spaces – Designer Blogs

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The Education Buildings Scotland Conference seeks to bring together different sectors across the learning estate to celebrate what works in re-thinking spaces for learning. It allows them to share insights on what’s possible to support improvement. A&DS invited a number of design professionals to share their ideas. The focus of the blogs is on the voice of young people.

Listening to Learn
Adam McGee, Sheppard Robson
In this blog Adam McGhee, Partner, Sheppard Robson, writes about how to listen to learners to create spaces that support their learning.

Active Doing and Making
Andy Campbell, Dress for the Weather
In this blog Andy Campbell, Director, Dress for the Weather writes about engaging people with the active practice of architecture and design. 

Give Learners The Gift of Movement
Calum Duncan, Calum Duncan Architects
In this blog Calum Duncan, Director, Calum Duncan Architects, blogs about the importance of giving learners the gift of movement. 

Learning Through Teaching Others
Chris Carr, HAA
In this blog Chris Carr, Senior Workplace Consultant, haa design, writes about the many places that learning takes place – including the charity pub quiz…

Learning from Legends
Chris Malcolm, Ryder Architects
The focus of the blogs is on the voice of young people. In this blog Chris Malcolm, Ryder Architecture, writes about understanding the insight of those who use the space shapes buildings.

Hope for the Ordinary, Pray for the Extraordinary
Chris Stewart, Collective
In this blog Chris Stewart, Director, Collective Architecture, writes about the challenges of delivering extraordinary places with sparse reward. 

Don’t just do more with what you have…. do better
Gillian Lockyer, Studio 42 Design
In this blog Gillian Lockyer, Director of Studio 42 Design, writes about participation and seeing spaces through the eyes of the user. 

Writing on the Wall
Jonathan McQuillan, Anderson Bell + Christie
In this blog Jonathan McQuillan, from Anderson Bell + Christie, looks at how design can support a learners’ journey. 

Learning from the Learners
Karen Nugent, Page \ Park Architects
In this blog Karen Nugent, Head of Creative Workspace, Page \ Park Architects, writes about working with learners to explore architecture.

Blog: Engaging Learners, Changing Spaces, Improving Wellbeing 
Mark Ellson, Holmes Miller
In this blog Mark Ellson, Education Director Holmes Miller Architects, writes that the architect’s job is to listen, and to listen attentively. 

Bridging the Gap
Sophie Logan, Hoskins Architects
In this blog Sophie Logan, Architect, Hoskins Architects, writes about the development of the Bridge Arts Centre and how it became a hub of learning and community participation. 

Teaching Environment vs Learning Environment
Paul Stallan, Stallan-Brand
In this blog Paul Stallan, Design Director, Stallan-Brand, argues that Scotland’s school buildings are a barrier to delivering the Curriculum for Excellence. 

A People-Centred Decade
Val Clugston, Nomad 
In this blog Val Clugston, Research and Creative Director, Nomad RDC writes about taking a people centred approach to designing spaces.



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