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Thursday 26 January 2023

Are we designing teaching spaces differently since the pandemic?
Chris Bryant - alma-nac
Anna Mavrogianni - UCL Institute for Environmental Design & Engineering

Venue: The Building Centre, Store Street, London WC1E 7BT

Time; 7.45 - 10.15am

A recent published discussion paper "Adapting school design for learning, health and wellbeing during and post pandemic" cited six propositions towards improving the design of schools, but these could equally apply to Further Education and Universities. 

  • Mental health and wellbeing as a measure of school success

  • Creating space for mental health support

  • Outdoor learning environments and connection to nature

  • Generosity of space to inspire & create new opportunities for learning

  • A new school day - rethinking the structure of school to present new opportunities for learning, health and well being

  • Improved community relationships through design.


During the pandemic the ECN held a number of webinars discussing the impact of COVID 19 on teaching and learning and what this could potentially mean to the future design of our education facilities. Whilst current global events may have taken our focus away from these issues, there is still a lasting legacy which education estates are trying to manage.

Come and join us for the first ECN breakfast event in almost three years at our new residency, The Building Centre, in Store Street, as our expert panel discuss:

  • What were the key challenges that our education estate had to deal with during the pandemic?

  • Have we seen any benefits borne out of the crisis?

  • What longer term improvements are required to support learning, health and wellbeing in a more equitable, sustainable and resilient way?

  • Is it "too soon to be making significant changes to school design based on the pandemic alone"

  • Has the pandemic brought back to the spotlight existing tensions or highlighted design issues, that have been documented previously, and are just curtailed due to a basic lack of funding?


Chris Bryant

Chris is a founding director at alma-nac collaborative architecture. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster. Alma-nac are currently designing a Net Zero Carbon School in South London and during the pandemic published Simple Solutions for Safer Schools which provided a a toolkit of ideas for creating COVID safe schools in an inclusive and engaging way.

Anna Mavrogianni
UCL Institute for Environmental, Design & Engineering

Anna Mavrogianni is Professor of Sustainable, Healthy and Equitable Built Environment at the Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE) at the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London (UCL).

She is an expert in indoor environmental quality, building energy retrofit and climate change adaptation of the built environment sector, with a focus on overheating and air quality exposure of vulnerable populations at the building and urban scale. She was the Principal Investigator of the EPSRC-funded project 'Advancing School Performance: Indoor environmental quality, Resilience and Educational outcomes' (ASPIRE).
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