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Educational Architecture – Pasts, Presents and Futures

Educational Architecture – Pasts, Presents and Futures

  • An international working conference in Copenhagen 27 September - 29 September 2017

About the conference

The purpose of this conference is to bring together international scholars working in the field of educational architecture in the broadest sense of the words. This could include (pre)schools and universities (colleges), but also playgrounds, theme parks and children’s libraries; all are constructions which have educative and civilizing purposes. We want to discuss the past, present – and the future of such constructions.

Drawing on current as well as past transformations, the working conference aims to answer the following questions: What does the field of educational architecture look like in and across different national contexts – how do we understand past and emerging trends and their possible future educative and civilizing impacts? How do we move closer to an understanding of transformations and constants in educational architecture in the past, present and future; and how do we understand changing relations between architecture, politics and pedagogy? Finally, how do we describe and document agency and architectural processes within cultural, educational and social contexts?

The three-day conference program has been carefully structured to encourage mutual inspiration and fruitful debate among researchers. The first day will be centered on three distinguished keynote speakers and in-depth discussions of presentations. On the second day, we will  take a working tour of some of the most interesting educational architecture in the Copenhagen area. Finally, on day three, we return to base for new discussions of what we have seen and heard and how this might influence further research within the field.

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  • Professor Julie Willis, The University of Melbourne:
    The school shapes the child, the child shapes the school: the architecture of the twentieth century school
  • Dr. Jos Boys, University of Brighton:
    How can theory inform learning space design? Interrogating contemporary post-secondary education, pedagogies and space
  • Architect Helle Juul, Juel og Frost Arkitekter:
    Innovation is a contact sport - From physical design to social design


  • Architecture as construction
  • Architecture as process
  • Architecture as heritage

Time and place

  • 27 September - 29 September 2017
  • Venue: The Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Campus Copenhagen, Tuborgvej 164, 2400 Copenhagen, Denmark

Price: 2000,- DKR

Deadline for early registration 30 March 2017

More information

For more information please contact

  • Professor Ning de Coninck-Smith, mail: ning@edu.au.dk, tel.: +45 30539404
  • Associate professor Lisa Rosén Rasmussen, mail: lisa@edu.au.dk, tel.: +45 25671951
  • Associate professor Malou Juelskjær, mail: malou@edu.au.dk, tel.: +45 87163743