Events

Inveresk Design Forum: Raechel French

Summary

Rachel French discusses her work and research as an Educational Space Planner at DLR Group, an integrated design firm delivering architecture, engineering, interiors, planning and building optimisation.

Start Date

6th Apr 2017 5:30pm

End Date

6th Apr 2017 6:30pm

Venue

Rory Spence VOS Construction Lecture Theatre, School of Architecture & Design

Raechel French is an Educational Space Planner at DLR Group, an integrated design firm delivering architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, and building optimization for new construction, renovation, and adaptive reuse. With degrees in psychology, architecture, and human-environmentrelations, Raechel focuses on the front-end of the design process, serving as a translator between the educators and designers so the final design fully supports the educational vision.

While based in Austin, Texas, Raechel was the recipient of a Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship and is living in Melbourne, Australia for the year researching learning space design and use with the Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN) at the University of Melbourne.

The education system is in the midst of a shift from predominantly industrialized, teacher-centred instruction to more multi-modal, student-centred learning.However, the traditional classroom model is not the most conducive for these new ways of teaching and learning. Thus, schools throughout the United States and Australia alike are beginning to design facilities to support the shift. In her talk, Raechel will share key trends in educational design throughout the United States and discuss how the design of a learning space can link to and support educational pedagogies.

Raechel will also introduce the research she is working on with LEaRN and the Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change (ILETC) ARC-Linkage project

DLR Group