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Thursday 25th October 2018


It's about collaboration not co-location?


Venue: RICS, Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AD

Time; 7.45 - 10.15am


STEM (Science, Technology Engineering & Maths) is a term first used in the USA at the turn of the century and promoted by the National Science Foundation. It aims to provide an interdisciplinary and applied approach by integrating the four subjects into a cohesive learning model rather than four separate and discrete subject areas. The Rhode Island School of Design championed the expansion to incorporate Art, thus creating the anacronym STEAM.


Come and join us join at our next ECN breakfast where we look to discuss:

  • What differentiates STEM & STEAM spaces from what we have provided before?

  • Are we seeing true collaborative environments or just a co-location of departments?

  • Are these models more likely to be found in Further & Higher Education facilities?

  • Is the furniture and equipment provided different to that of traditional separate departmental layouts?

  • Does our current curriculum allow for STEM & STEAM to flourish? 


Mike Serridge
S & B

Mike Serridge is the Managing Director of S+B UK Limited and has been with the company for 27 years having worked for a number of specialist laboratory furniture manufacturers prior. Mike sits on The British Standards Committee LB1/1/1 - Laboratory Furniture and Fittings.


S+B are specialists in the design, manufacture and installation of technical furniture systems for STEM based subjects. The company has become established as a leading supplier of innovative educational furniture designs in the UK and International Schools markets and has been presented with Queens Award for Enterprise International Trade.


Feedback from thousands of educational interior fit out projects has convinced S+B that effective interior design- whilst necessarily developed around subject specific requirements and important considerations associated with serviced furniture for things like health and safety- should also be centred on the motivational opportunity that an interior design can and should provide to deliver an effective learning experience.  

Michael de Norbrega
Michael joined ArchitecturePLB to work on their BSF programme. He is particularly concerned with the process of taking projects from the initial briefing and concept development stage through to their realisation as sustainable, contextual and well detailed buildings.
He is experience in working on science and technology and more recently STEM and STEAM buildings.
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