Architects4education have always been keen that their accumulated knowledge on the design of education premises should be shared with clients and other designers to improve the quality of the school estate.
One of our principles, Dr Chris French, has carried out several research projects into various aspects of school design over the last 15 years and many of the lessons learned are very relevant to the present climate of school capital funding and procurement.
A summary of these lessons was presented to the April 2011 meeting of the RIBA Schools Client Forum:
This presentation summarises a collection of research undertaken by Dr French over a number of years.
The complete research papers are available by clicking on the following links:
An appraisal of various design aspects of new and extended primary schools in Essex built between 1973 and 1993.
The investigation method included a review of primary school design literature and County Council archives, interviews with Officers concerned with the design and operation of primary schools, visits to schools, analysis of user comment by questionnaire, and investigative essays.
The appraisal contains three parts:- part one – a review of primary education since 1973; part two – strategic aspects of primary school design, including, planning, constructional systems, aesthetics, environmental design, engineering services, interior and exterior design;
Volume 2 contains the third part of the design appraisal – detailed requirements of today’s primary school room by room; plus conclusions promulgating lessons for the future.
Executive summary of a review of recent small scale prefabrication projects at Eastern Region schools.
A short PowerPoint presentation summarising the above research.
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To read more about Dr Chris French, please click here.