architectureandeducation.org explores how school design is lived.
School design arranges people in space and time as well as how, where and when they relate to each other. Of course, students and staff may choose not to follow these arrangements and we are keen to hear about the spaces and places that people create and make meaningful. Architecture and education are inevitably social and political practices – rather than shrink from that, we hope this site will provide ways to understand the complexities of lived school design.
Emma Dyer’s Ph.D. (2018) is about how and where beginner readers learn to read in schools and how we might want to design spaces for them that are different from those where fluent readers read. Emma’s professional career includes obituary writing, a long stint at BBC Radio and teaching in London primary schools. She also writes children’s fiction with Tim Byrne. On Twitter as: @Emmamolim
Adam Wood is undertaking a 2-year research project funded by The Leverhulme Trust on school building and design in Italy and Australia, and is a visiting, postdoctoral researcher at Florence University. His Ph.D. (2017) used ethnographic fieldwork in an English secondary school to explore the role of architecture in teachers’ work. Previously an English teacher in London, a researcher in assessment and curriculum development and a variety of other educational roles, his personal site provides more information here. Twitter: @woodadam_
Writing for architectureandeducation.org
After 3 years as the sole contributors, in 2018 we began experimenting with guest posts (examples here). We’re keen to expand this trial. If you would like to write a post (500 – 1,500 words) please get in touch. We are interested in pieces that might develop the approach we’ve taken: discussing school architecture and ideas of school design from the perspectives of designers and those who work or study in schools and exploring how space relates to education. We are not a commercial site and are not interested in writing that could be confused as advertising. We want to challenge concepts of what schools are and who they are for, to explore the role of design and space in making schools interesting and enjoyable places to be, and to encourage debate about these issues.
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