Making Place, Making Meaning, Making a Difference: Designing the Learning Experience

AIA Continuing Education Provider

1 LU

You have to go wholeheartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having. Frank Lloyd Wright In seeking to understand the learning experiences a school envisions, NoTosh connects to each learning community through discovering the human connections at the core of the programme – the student voice, the teachers dreams and the educational vision. The design thinking process is part visioning, part community convergence and part educational investigation. Finally, the call to action evolves, a vision that guides making place through making meaning and providing the ultimate goal, of making a difference. This is truly human-centered design that leads to designing exemplary learning experiences, building connections and community from the learner experience and the learning culture. We all live in a world where the power of connection is pivotal to our wellbeing and sense of belonging. But, how might we do this? How might we shape the future… as it unfolds? Working with EIW Architects, we will provide a truly international call to action to develop authentic and meaningful design briefs, to imagine designing spaces that reflect our stories, spaces that allow for growth and develop our identity, that build on social theories of learning and wholeheartedly strive to make a difference. Through sharing the stories of A4LE award winning projects in Australia and Asia, we will explore how NoTosh connected the creative design passion of EIW Architects with the education visionaries at Iona Presentation College, Perth, Australia and Nanjing International School, Nanjing, China. Through these stories, we will challenge you to think beyond pre-conceived ideals, to understand tools and processes that can entertain, educate and engage with your learning communities, connecting people of all ages and giving true meaning to our learning environments and the design of learning experiences.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To understand methods and processes to engage with the learning community.
  2. To establish meaningful design briefs that articulate the learning experiences.
  3. To discover how to identify and articulate the cultural nuances of making meaningful places.
  4. To understand how the social theory of learning can inform the design of learning environments.
Ewan McIntosh
Ewan McIntosh
Founder and CEO, NoTosh Limited,

Ewan is recognised globally as a thought leader and facilitator in helping people think differently about learning. He leads projects with a wide array of organisations, all with learning at their heart. He helps communities and organisations find problems worth solving, and helps people work their way through the hurdles of solving them with critical and creative thinking. He is focussed on the delivery of improved opportunities for young people, and strategy for Government, schools and commercial organisations.

Philip Idle
Philip Idle
Director, EIW Architects,

Philip is an Australian based architect who has developed projects in Australia and Asia. This includes identifying the educational and organisational imperatives within Government, private, Catholic and International Schools, establishing cost effective and innovative design solutions and embracing the culture of each learning community. Philip has served at all levels of A4LE, receiving numerous service and architectural awards. He believes strongly in the diversity of our world and learning from each other.

Track: The Experience of Place

The built and natural environments have profound impacts on our behaviors both for better and worse. How do we cultivate a sense of place for better? How might the built and natural environments be made to enhance teaching and learning? How might school buildings and grounds foster a sense of community by reflecting those they serve?

Primary Core Competency
Educational Visioning: Exhibits an understanding of best and next practices related to educational leadership, programming, teaching, learning, planning and facility design. Establishes credibility with educators, community members and design professionals while conceiving and leading a community-based visioning process. Demonstrates the ability to articulate the impact of learning environments on teaching and learning and uses that ability to facilitate a dialogue that uncovers the unique needs and long-range goals of an educational institution and its stakeholders – translating that into an actionable written/graphic program of requirements for the design practitioner. 

learningSCAPES 2022

October 5-9
Marriott Rivercenter | San Antonio, TX

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