The visits in Scandinavia were arranged by Lene Jensby Lange. Lene is founder of Autens which is an educational consultancy that works with schools, local authorities, charities, architects and others to innovate learning spaces dedicated to personalising learning.
Both Terry and Lene were incredibly generous with their time and hospitality. I found it really interesting that in the UK and in Scandinavia the local authorities funded talented project leaders like Terry and Lene who seemed to have ownership / leadership over the design project at all phases. A key feature of their role is to drive the vision around personalising learning and design.
In New Zealand the role of driving the learning vision is usually done by the principal, whose task it is ensure that the architect understands the learning culture of the school and how that might look in the new build. We discussed at length; personalising learning, school design and the impact of the political, social and local context.
The school visits were a fast series of walk throughs where the worlds of pedagogy and design, intersected and fused with vision and concerns. They all aspired to learner led personalised curriculum and design that would drive these concepts.