Designed for Learning

14 - 15 April 2010

All day


Joseph Chamberlain College, 1 Belgrave Road, Highgate, Birmingham B12 9FF


Unfortunately, we have had to make the decision to cancel Designed for Learning, as we do not have enough delegates to make the event viable.

Although the event was planned to make a statement that educational design is important regardless of any political shifts, we believe that the current political uncertainty surrounding BSF are making people hesitant to book onto a two day event.

For professionals involved in Building Schools for the Future (BSF), Primary Capital Programme, and Academies

Designed for Learning is a national two- day event by RIBA and MADE looking at how architecture and pedagogy interact. Contribute to and discover new thinking and practice at this energetic, creative and informative event held at the award-winning Joseph Chamberlain College. Designed for learning will explore educational design and the challenges of designing schools and learning spaces for the future.

14 April 2010 09:30 – 16:30

Visioning education and architecture

Chaired by Deborah Kermode – Director, Brightspace and Larry Priest – Director, Bryant Priest Newman Architects, and CDA to Staffordshire BSF

Transforming education – translating architecture?

How BSF works at each level from Government to school. Speakers include:

• Sylvia McNamara - (Former Director of Transforming Education, Birmingham City Council)

• Simon Foxall - (Architect and Client Design Adviser)

Learning Spaces Tour

Tours of the award winning Joseph Chamberlain College, designed by Nicholas Hare Architects.

What is Design Quality?

The day will close with a lively and interactive debate around ‘What is Design Quality in Schools?’ informed by CABE’s ten assesment criteria for schools, and led by Richard Woods, Architect and member of CABE’s school design review panel.

Playful Schools?

(Optional evening event) 18:00 – 21:30 The Public

Tours of The Public, designed by Will Alsop, Dinner and Launch of ‘Making time and space for play in secondary schools’ by Alison Davies, Groundworks Architects.


15th April 2010 09:30 – 16:30

Putting learning into practice

Chaired by Ruth Reed - President, RIBA.

Delegates should expect a challenging, creative and innovative day – exploring key issues around educational transformation and the design of learning environments, including:

• Sustainability

• Community Regeneration

• Engagement

• Artist & Architect Collaborations


• Refurbishment

• Innovative learning spaces

Inspirational and innovative presenters include Jonathan Hines – Director of Architype, and Richard Woods – Architect for Education at Capita and member of CABE’s schools design review panel.

A day of personalised learning, conversations and reflection, to inform where education and architecture meet.

Learning Cities

(Optional evening event) 18.30 – 20:00, Birmingham Conservatoire

Prof John Worthington, Chair of CABE’s Building Futures A lecture on adapting urban and space planning to meet the needs of the emerging knowledge economy.


£94.00 + VAT for full two day conference
(Concessions £45 + VAT)
£60.00 + VAT for single day
(Concessions £25 + VAT)
Playful Schools? £27.00 + VAT to include dinner and transport to The Public
Learning Cities: £8.51 + VAT
Combined Ticket for two days and two evening events £118.00 + VAT


To book a place please contact RIBA West Midlands on 0121 233 2321or email 


For more information on the event please contact Anthony Ruck, Arts and Culture Adviser to BSF at MADE on 0121 633 9333 or email


RIBA West Midlands

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