Anna Turchik

Researcher, Learning Environment Specialist

EdDesign LLC

I've always been passionate about education, at the moment I’m specializing in learning environment research and development trying to find and connect places, people, and cases where we can observe and talk about the connection between the physical environment and social, emotional, and body wellbeing. I’m working for a company whose mission is to create a happy learning space where innovations and creativity in architecture and design serve as a tool for expressing the school’s pedagogical ideas, philosophical approach, and human touch. Having the most unbelievable school experience as a kid myself, I truly believe that every child deserves to have the best school experience suitable for him or her.

 I’m dedicated to the idea that the environment we create is shaping who we are and the children of the future – the future of humankind. Being a former Teacher of Sociology and English, I carry a master's degree in social sciences from Manchester University and a PhD in Social Sciences. I'm also passionate about sharing some of our findings and materials here in our magazine


30 October, 2023 | 12:35 to 13:20
Beyond Sustainability - from immersive education to living buildings

The topic of sustainable future is certainly one of the leitmotifs not only in education, but in every area of our life. However, the issues of the future of the educational environment, including the school building as such, go beyond sustainability as it is usually understood. Within this panel, we propose to address the following questions and try to find answers by approaching urban planners and those engineering solutions that are already ahead of the future:

•          The school building is rapidly becoming outdated; hybrid forms of education constantly demand varieties of different spaces; sustainability paradigm demands to address environment issues – thus we need to catch a glimpse of the future, what are the areas of further development? What solutions can we offer here in terms of engineering, technologies, design and architecture?

•          What are the “futuristic” scenarios of a learning environment? Is it possible for a school building to become "immersive" or "alive"? Can it respond to a certain state of mind and body? or anticipate some type of activity? Is it possible for a school building to be responsive to the emotional needs of our teachers and students? Would schools accept such an offer from designers and engineers? 

•          What can existing “futuristic” sustainable and regenerative schools offer to other schools? Any recipes for others to start doing something today?

Within our panel three representatives of three incredible progressive schools are going to discuss some of the issues described with the representative of Arup company - a trend setter for future engineering solutions and urban planning. School is never just a building – it’s always a larger ecosystem, a community builder.