Old Truman Brewery, 27 & 28 January 2021

2020 features and seminars

Thursday 30 January 2020

16:15 - 17:15

seminar room level T1

Learning in Nature

Studies show clearly that the natural world can do wonders for educating children and adults, and yet most classrooms are locked away from the great outdoors. What can schools and institutions do to get lessons out of traditional learning environments and amongst the flora and fauna? Architects and educators will discuss a variety of strategies to help reshape the way we approach education and landscape.

Veronica Simpson, journalist

Eleanor Brough, Associate, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects
Eleanor has been with Sarah Wigglesworth Architects for over ten years, becoming an Associate in 2013. She plays a key role in the practice with expertise in the housing, education and community sectors. Eleanor was awarded Project Architect of the Year by RIBA North West for her lead role on Mellor Primary School, an exemplar sustainable school extension near the Peak District National Park. The project incorporates community build elements alongside new teaching spaces suited to Mellor Primary’s Forest School ethos.
She now heads the teams delivering a new Forest School nursery near Huddersfield as well as the most recent Phases of the Trent Basin masterplan for a new sustainable waterside community in Nottingham.
Eleanor regularly speaks on behalf of the practice, focusing on SWA’s education projects and is a visiting technical tutor at the University of Sheffield.

Eleanor Brough
Rory Harmer, Partner, Tate Harmer
Rory is a founding member of Tate Harmer and has over 15 years’ experience leading low energy and sustainable projects. Rory’s key strengths lie in communicating, investigating and pushing the detailed design process so that projects remain on time and on budget, without losing the initial design intent. He is a big advocate for sustainable design and champions flexible strategies that can help drive the performance gap between design and build.

Rory graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with first class honours, before completing his Graduate Diploma and Part 3 Certificate at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Having previously worked for Farrells at their London office, Rory is the practice’s expert masterplanner and responsible for leading complex developments including Cranleigh Preparatory School, The Museum of Scouting and York St John University. Within each of the practice’s education projects, Rory explores how creating learning environments within a natural setting can help with education, learning and collaboration.’

Rory Harmer

Penny Wilson, Playworker

Penny grew up in Folkestone in the 60s playing on pebble beaches and the South Downs.
She studied Illustration at Camberwell, and eventually found her way to Playwork, which is where she was meant to be.
After working for many years at Chelsea Adventure Playground, an inclusive loose-parts based site built by Lady Allen of Hurtwood,  she worked at The Play Association Tower Hamlets developing inclusive play offers on housing estates and parks in the borough, she designed  spaces, services and events that offered playable spaces to whole communities.
She worked extensively across the USA over the course of a  decade or so, with the Alliance for Childhood delivering  keynote presentations, workshops, exemplar play sessions, filmed interviews, and working on play literacy campaigns with many play activist groups. She worked with several large Childrens Museums, with the NewYork Parks Department, skilling up their Rec staff,  and with Rockwell and Cas Holman in supporting and testing  the design for Imagination Playground and their Blue Blocks.
She now works for Assemble Studio managing Playkx and on Mudchute Park and Farm.
She still does a bit of illustration.
She has written for many publications, peer reviewed Journals, Books and magazines and presented at many conferences in England and Wales. She did a TEDx too.
Penny has written a lot of bits and pieces, including three books, that are free to download.
Playing with Winnicott. A graphic novel introduction to D W Winnicott for Playworkers
The String of Beads. A collection of Play Memories
The Playwork Primer. An gentle introduction to play and Playwork theory and practice.

Penny Wilson
Zoe Waterman, Theatre Director
Zoë is a freelance theatre director, she has worked at theatres across the country, including Nottingham Playhouse; Theatre by the Lake, Keswick; Theatr Clwyd and the New Vic in Stoke, where she was the Associate Artistic Director 2018-19. She received an MFA in Theatre Directing from Birkbeck College and was the recipient of the New Wimbledon Theatre’s Emerging Directors Award in 2007.
Zoë has volunteered for The Woodcraft Folk, a national youth organisation, for over twenty years.  She currently helps to run weekly groups for 6-9 and 10-12 year olds at Hackney City Farm; has been instrumental in the organisation of several large camps – most recently leading on CoCamp, a camp for 2,500 young people in Sherwood Forest n 2011; and was a trustee of the organisation 2002-2008.

Zoe Waterman

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