Spaces That Work (STW) is an independent consultancy established in 2010 by Andrew Harrison with Fiona Nwaobi. The company works with educational institutions to create efficient, effective and inspirational learning environments both in the UK and internationally and they have worked with universities in the UK, Ireland, Finland, Russia, Canada, Pakistan and East Africa on campus strategy and briefing projects.


Prior to this Andrew was Director of Learning and Research at DEGW, based in London where he worked on learning projects with FionaNwaobi and Stephanie Mills who were senior space planners and architects there. While at DEGW he led a number of major international research projects including the European Commission supported research project Sustainable Accommodation for the New Economy, published in 2003 as ‘The Distributed Workplace’, Project Faraday in 2007 which developed new space and experience models for the teaching of secondary school science in Britain and the £3.7 million Space for Personalised Learning research project.


The team has worked on a wide range of estates strategy and building briefing projects for UK and international universities including the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Krea University in India, the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ibn Haldun University in Istanbul, Aalto University, the British Library, Creative and Cultural Skills, the London School of Economics, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Sheffield Hallam University. Work with the Aga Khan University and the University of Central Asia has included campus development projects in East Africa (Nairobi, Arusha, Dar es Salaam), Pakistan and the former Russian republics.


In 2014 Andrew Harrison’s book (with Les Hutton) Design and the changing educational landscape: space, place and the future of learning was published by Routledge.


Andrew was appointed as Professor of Practice at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in December 2015.


Projects undertaken by Spaces That Work include:

  • development of campus schedules of accommodation
  • creation of strategic briefs for school, university and commercial office buildings
  • campus and space planning for academic facilities
  • design reviews of projects in the design development stage
  • concept design for interior learning and work spaces including furniture performance specification and selection guidelines
  • change management to support the introduction of new learning and work spaces.