Murray Hudson is the co-editor and contributor to the new book Planning Learning Spaces published by Laurence King Publishing. Murray travels extensively, visiting schools across the world to better understand how to create the optimal learning environment. He has worked in the education industry including the UAE for more than twenty years. He is a former chairman of the British Educational Furniture Manufacturers Group and spent nearly a decade on the board of the British Education Suppliers Association (BESA). Murray is also on the board of EdMarket, USA. He lives in Cambridge, UK.
26 February 2020 | 11:00 - 11:30 | Reimagining schools for the 21st century: Why we need an agenda for change.
Can school design help us to realise a new vision for education that equips young people for life in a fast-changing world? This is the big question at the heart of Planning Learning Spaces, a new guide for anyone involved in the planning and design of learning environments. Murray Hudson has brought together educationalists and innovative school architects to pool their collective expertise and inspire the design of more intelligent learning spaces. He will prompt the audience to question common assumptions about how schools should look and how children should be educated: Why, they ask, have so many schools changed relatively little in more than a century? What form should a school library take in the internet age? Do classrooms really have to be square? Muray also tackles vital elements of learning space design such as the right lighting, heating and acoustics, and explores the key role of furniture, fixtures and fittings.