Learning is not rocket science. It’s a lot more complicated than that.

Today, we are in the midst of an environmental revolution that has nothing to do with global warming, sustainability or material resources. It’s more upbeat than that and involves adopting a pro-active fired-up approach where really, anything goes as long as it works. From classrooms to lecture halls and offices, the world is being lead by visionaries and it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world catches up.

Learning Spaces

To understand learning spaces, we have to understand people and how they learn – and why it is important. To understand learning we need to understand people. David Kolb divides learning into two axes, processing and perception and four types of learner –


David Kolb - model of experiential learning

David Kolb – model of experiential learning


Design Thinking can be used for Learning Space design using the principles of design thinking to drive the learning of simple, systematic processes before space planning ever enters into the equation. We do this using a simple process of inquiry based on observation, defining concepts and supporting values.

To foster LEARNING we need a few simple ingredients:

  • INSIGHTS born out of:
  • OBSERVATION feeding
  • IDEAS developing
  • & VALUES

For more complicated projects, design thinking can be learned so teams can take control of their own design processes. From user-centered design – to re-thinking space innovation & project management, any organisation can learn to manage the process providing successful learning spaces.

An Integrated Approach

To do so and implement solutions, I work using the principles of user-centered design, separating perceptions of SPACE to perceptions of PROCESS. By making intangibles real using visual communication, it is possible to develop an integrated approach using the tools of design thinking to develop solutions. This can only be achieved by involving people, understanding needs and applying a formalised approach that just makes good sense to all those involved.


By empowering users to use the power of design through the methods of design thinking – we can keep our goals on-line, moving a project towards developing truly meaningful spaces people thrive and want to be a part of – developing learning by engagement. If you have a learning space project and want to know more, feel free to contact me using the contact form.