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Every country in the world is facing extraordinary challenges in educating our children for today and the future.

In the same way that the invention of the wheel changed world in movement and transportation and the Industrial Revolution changed the manufacturing process; The Information Age has changed the way we communicate, explore and research; and for the first time recent history our children are grasping the opportunities presented by technology before their parents without even realizing it.

And so in someways it has brought us full circle and back to the very essence of invention, of simple creativity, the desire to know more and to create. As human beings it is in our nature explore and discover and as human beings we are all different and we all do things differently; We fall into tow categories is school terms .... academic and non academic ..... we all explore and process things differently, creativity and logical.... left and right brain functionality.  

So how do we design our schools to so that they are inspirational places to be?

How do we engage the users (students, staff, parents and communities) of Schools, Colleges and Universities to develop a brief to give to our architects, developers and builders of educational buildings, so the they are building buildings which the students want to be in end inspires learning rather than accepting building design which is driven by financial pressure and architectural egos.

Over the last 10 years Sarah has developed a briefing process which engages with all of the stakeholders to create a brief which supports the learning process. She works with the staff and students to explore cross curricular activities, and create spaces for students and staff support the ever changing learning environment.

She marries this process with the fundamentals of getting a building built and works with cost planners, developers, architects and engineers to deliver a building which is inspirational and functional for school needs.

Of course we cannot predict what the learning environment will be in 5, 10  or 20 years time but we can design spaces which support interaction, creativity and the sharing of knowledge, of course it is important that the curriculum also supports flexibility.

I love Sir Ken Robinson PhD, he is an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation.

"If you are not prepared to be wrong you will never come up with anything original"

It is very important to engage in the exploration of an architectural brief at the business case stage of a School's development, the earlier the better, at the very latest at the master planing stage to allow time for exploration of the possibilities.

Ken also says.....

"Creativity is the highest level of learning and intelligence"
"Kids will take a chance…. and if they don't know ... they will have a go"

Please have a look at these TED talks delivered by Ken, they are not only entertaining but truly inspirational....