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Thursday 26 October 2023

Are education briefs failing to meet expectations and requirements?
Alessandra Foderaro - University of Westminster
Mark Gabbey - Rock Townsend

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

Time; 7.45 - 10.15am

Engaging with education providers and end users at the earliest outset to understand their vision and aspirations may appear a logical step during the initial stage of a design project when developing an education brief.  But how often does this happen or how often are views provided restricted to high level managers who may not understand how departmental spaces operate on a day-to-day level?

Has the briefing process in certain instances become too formulaic with pre-conceived outcomes already established in the minds of the Project and Design Team based on standard approaches influenced by budgets already set.


Come and join us as our expert panel discuss:


  • Are education briefs becoming too standardised/generic?

  • What information do we need to provide about each school or college to reflect their aspirations?

  • How much flexibility do we really have to meet the school specific needs, including for students with SEND?

  • What does good practice look like when developing briefs that deliver the right outcomes?

  • How do they meet modern concerns about well-being, mental health etc.


Alessandra Foderaro
University of Westminster

Mark Gabbey
Rock Townsend


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