Planning Learning Spaces by Murray Hudson and Terry White

Can school design help us to realise a new vision for education that equips young people for life in a fast-changing world? How can we design schools for the next generation for jobs that do not yet exist? And can we help children to want to go to school in the morning with design? These are the big questions at the heart of Planning Learning Spaces, a new guide for anyone involved in the planning and design of learning environments.

Murray Hudson and Terry White have brought together educationalists and innovative school architects to pool their collective expertise and inspire the design of more intelligent learning spaces. The authors prompt readers 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? The book 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.

With contributions from leading professionals, including Herman Hertzberger and Sir Ken Robinson, Planning Learning Spaces is an invaluable resource for architects, interior designers and educators hoping that their project will make a genuine difference.


‘A welcome and timely addition to the subject of school design at a time of great change’ – Professor Alan Jones President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, 2019 – 21

‘Builds a bridge from the simple to the extraordinary……awash in opportunity and inspiration’ – Professor Stephen Heppell – Chair in Learning Innovation at Universidad Camilo José Cela, Madrid.