Interview with David Spencer Classroom Architect

Online Interview with David Spencer Classroom Architect, Broadway Malyan, 29 September, 2016.

Topic: Designing classrooms with David Spencer 

This interview was so much fun and really interesting- REALLY interesting!  Collaboration and creativity were key factors throughout the interview.  A little bit of background to this hangout interview, I met David on Twitter, and saw his posts about designing innovative classroom environments, so between tweets I invited him to share his insight about the links between pedagogy and designing engaging learning environments for my blog and uni students- thankfully he said YES.

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These were the interview questions I asked David to prepare for:

What inspires your classroom design?

In an ideal classroom for the Arts what do you plan for?

How do your designs reflect Arts pedagogic practices?

What is ineffective classroom design in your opinion?

How does classroom design affect student behaviour?

David prepared a mindmap for the interview, if you’d like to view it, click here

There were lots of interesting issues raised throughout the interview, my top 3 are:

  1. Interdisciplinary collaboration between sciences and art students learning in the same building- this creates informed learners through collaboration due to shared spaces.  This shared space was between the classrooms, and functioned as ‘touch down’ points to sit, chat, share and collaborate over time.  Often we separate arts and science, but both David’s contention and my position is that arts and science/maths are connected as they involve the creative process of problem solving and iterative thinking.  There’s something which connect us to learn from each other in different ways.

2. Our discussion led me to reflect on my personal requirements as an artist, and strategies for student management during the creative process, and that was having the time and space to pause and just be on your own.  Autonomy is a really important part of creativity, and sometimes we just need space and quiet to reflect or just maintain/pause flow.

3.The notion of “comfort” is key to good classroom design- there were many approaches which David discussed around this, even for the humble teacher in a portable.

Here is the video, my voice and camera is terrible, I apologize, luckily I’m not on screen often; it will be sorted for the next interview.



Please connect with David on Twitter and click to share the tweet below

Interesting interview about classroom design with @spencerd50 and @IngridHLee1 #artsed #classroomdesign


Lastly, what did you think about this interview? Please share your feedback in the comments

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