Buildings
Education

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.

Client objectives

Return on investment.
Business effectiveness.
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.
Community engagement.

Products

Pre-planning & design
Growth/downsizing strategy.
Site evaluation & selection.
Competitor analysis & precedent studies.
Existing user behaviour analysis.
Working culture definition.

Planning & design
Critical review of development proposals.
Masterplan/campus design.
Overall building layout design.
Department layout design.
Furniture layout design.
User behaviour forecasting.
User group profiling.
Character & identity creation.
Wayfinding & signage strategy.
Planning support.

Post-planning & design
User flow enhancement (signage & wayfinding).
Performance benchmarking.
Staff interaction enhancement (layout redesign).
Growth & downsizing.

Process

Stage 1  Building Baseline Study

Data collection
User flow volume/density
Staff/student interaction
User attitudes interviews/questionnaires
User interaction & communication.

Performance modelling
Location accessibility analysis (public & private transport)
Building layout efficiency
Vertical movement efficiency
Departmental structure & location
Movement network capacity
Entrance/exit capacity.

Stage 2  Design Strategy

Forecast simulation
User flow volume & density
User interaction & communication intensity
Safety & security effectiveness.