The strength of a learning organisation is shaped as much by the informal, day-to-day contact of its members as it is by formal gatherings at scheduled appointments. The careful design of educational buildings can radically enhance the likelihood of these otherwise unplanned encounters.
A well designed building uses its common circulation spaces, both indoors and outdoors, to supplement the formal process of education and knowledge generation by providing staff and students with opportunities for informal, face-to-face contact. The aims in doing so are increased levels of creativity and innovation as well as an improved sense of community culture and wellbeing.
Return on investment.
Speed of design & planning process.
User wayfinding, comfort & convenience.
Staff communication & productivity.
Safety & security.
Staff satisfaction & retention.
Organisational character & identity.
Development & dissemination of knowledge/culture.
Pre-planning & design
Site evaluation & selection.
Competitor analysis & precedent studies.
Existing user behaviour analysis.
Working culture definition.
Planning & design
Critical review of development proposals.
Overall building layout design.
Department layout design.
Furniture layout design.
User behaviour forecasting.
User group profiling.
Character & identity creation.
Wayfinding & signage strategy.
Post-planning & design
User flow enhancement (signage & wayfinding).
Staff interaction enhancement (layout redesign).
Growth & downsizing.
Stage 1 Building Baseline Study
User flow volume/density
User attitudes interviews/questionnaires
User interaction & communication.
Location accessibility analysis (public & private transport)
Building layout efficiency
Vertical movement efficiency
Departmental structure & location
Movement network capacity
Stage 2 Design Strategy
User flow volume & density
User interaction & communication intensity
Safety & security effectiveness.