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

Prior to this Andrew was Director of Learning and Research at DEGW, based in London where he worked on learning projects with Fiona and Annetta who were both senior space planners and consultants 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 Dublin Institute of Technology, Aalto University, the British Library, Creative and Cultural Skills, the London School of Economics, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Sheffield Hallam University. They are currently working with the Aga Khan University in East Africa (Nairobi, Arusha, Dar es Salaam), Pakistan and the former Russian republics.

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.