Changing the Architecture of Educating
Source TitleInforming education theory: design and practice through learning environment evaluation
Informing education theory: design and practice through learning environment evaluation
PublisherLEaRN, University of Melbourne
AffiliationArchitecture, Building and Planning
Document TypeConference Proceeding
CitationsRobinson, N. (2016). Changing the Architecture of Educating. LEaRN, University of Melbourne
Access StatusOpen Access
ARC Grant codeARC/LP130100880
School design occurs within a complicated matrix of divergent aspirations of the stakeholder community, changing ideas on education pedagogy and uncertainty on the most effective environments to facilitate learning. There are many contributors in the school design processes, each with their own objectives, creating a challenging climate for the architects to design within. Through research, exemplar case study analysis and reflection on school architecture projects that I have completed over the last ten years, I have identified three key relationships in the school design processes between the School Community, Architect and Pedagogy. The roles, interactions and participation of these three parties can impact the architectural outcomes. A series of deficiencies and reoccurring issues were identified by this study, which potentially inhibit the development of the three key relationships. To assist the architect in navigating these issues, my PhD research has focused on the development of School Design Tools, which provide strategies and approaches that can be used at different stages of design to assist in bridging the areas of deficiency. The tools identify key aspirations and objectives at each design stage, and evolved with the development of the project. They aim to capture and build on the three key relationships through facilitating and structuring the briefing process with the school and creating a balance between the School Community, Architect and Education Pedagogy, so as to support the design of more effective school architecture.
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