Education Building Scotland 2018

19, November, 2018

Lucy Plumridge, Head of Education and David Greig, Associate at HLM Glasgow will be speaking at the Education Buildings Scotland Conference in Edinburgh. Please read the below synopsis to find out more about our speakers.

Lucy Plumridge is an Associate Director of HLM and University design tutor specialising in social, sustainable architecture with a particular focus on education projects.  Her award-winning designs explore how architecture can enhance the student experience and support changing educational pedagogies. Projects range from strategic master planning, brief development and stakeholder engagement through to design development and innovative active learning spaces. Most recently Lucy has been working with teams from the University of Glasgow and University of Sheffield to develop designs for immersive learning environments and collaborative research hubs.

David Greig is an Associate with HLM based in Glasgow.  His work with Higher and Further education institutions across Scotland has focused on improving the Student Experience and creating inspiring learning and teaching environments.  He has been involved with extensive stakeholder engagement with students and academics at the Universities of Glasgow and St. Andrews to explore how space and furniture shapes itself around the way students respond to interactive and technology enriched pedagogies.  David has led pilot refurbishments at both these Universities as well as at Forth Valley College to test the outcomes of these findings.  He is also responsible for leading the new Learning and Teaching Hub project at the University of Glasgow.

‘Architecture of Wellbeing’ – Lucy Plumridge and David Greig, 11:00 – 12:00 on 22nd November 2018, Lowther Suite.

Globally, Universities are redesigning their learning spaces to meet changing demands in pedagogical practice and to improve student experience and student wellbeing.

A recent report by the Institute for Public Policy Research reported that over the last 5 years there has been a fivefold increase in the proportion of students who disclose a mental health condition to their university. The pressures of academic standards, financial cost and social pressures are adding to the risk of poor mental health and wellbeing in higher education. Looking at how architecture can enhance student wellbeing has therefore been at the core of HLM’s education work.

This talk draws on our experience with various Scottish Universities in creating new learning spaces that respond to the 5 ways of wellbeing – connectivity, activity, mindfulness, learning and engagement with a wider community.

Having gone through an intensive stakeholder engagement process as part of a Learning and Teaching space review for St Andrews University we will share some of the surprising findings when it comes to student and academic preferences. We will explore themes such as the move to more open plan active teaching spaces and the role of technology.

From our work at Glasgow University we will explore how student mental health considerations can shape the design of the built environment to create supportive, inclusive learning environments both on large scale developments and small pilot rooms.

The key learning points will be:

  • lessons learned and challenges from providing active learning spaces
  • student and academic preferences for learning and teaching environments
  • what are the key considerations when designing for wellbeing
  • creating inspiring spaces
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