With Andrew Harrison, Spaces That Work
Libraries are seeking to shift from their traditional role as repositories of information and other resources for individual, passive learning to being places where learners meet, collaborate, and interact in learning processes that are much more dynamic. The future academic library is less about books and more about access to information expertise and access to a rich landscape of learning and research settings supporting digital scholarship, individual and group learning, social activities and community engagement activities.
Andrew Harrison will discuss the impact of the changing nature of scholarship and student expectations on academic libraries and explore how the library will continue to be at the heart of the university experience for students and act as a focal point for knowledge transfer and industry engagement.
Andrew Harrison established Spaces That Work Ltd, an independent consultancy specialising in learning environments, in early 2011. Prior to this he was Director of Learning and Research at DEGW, an international design practice based in London. He has worked with a wide range of Universities in the UK and internationally on building and campus design projects including: Imperial College, Oxford University, University of Glasgow, Aalto University in Helsinki and the Aga Khan University in East Africa, Pakistan and London. His book on future learning environments ‘ Design for the Changing educational landscape: space, place and the future of learning’ was published by Routledge in 2014. Since 2015 he has been part of the team delivering the new Swansea Waterfront campus project for the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and has also worked on several University wide projects looking at future learning and work spaces for the University. He was appointed as Professor of Practice by the University in 2016 to further explore the relationship between pedagogy and space in both their own campus and their academic research.