Andrew Harrison

Andrew Harrison photo1 (2) black and white-w800-h500Andrew established Spaces That Work Ltd, an independent consultancy specialising in learning environments, in early 2011. Prior to this he was Director of Learning and Research at DEGW, an international design practice based in London.

He has led many learning-related research and consulting projects nationally and internationally, exploring the impacts of technology and pedagogy change on school and higher education institution design including a a UK HE Funding Councils’ funded project on Learning landscapes in Higher Education (2010) and a major 30-month study investigating the impact of personalised learning on school design which was published in June 2011. He is currently advising the Aga Khan University on the development of their new campuses in East Africa, Pakistan and central London including the construction of a major research library in Arusha, Tanzania that will serve the East African research community. Other library projects include Dublin City Library, the proposed Dublin Institute of Technology library, the University of the west of England and the development of the brief for the British Library Digital Research City.

He is also interested in the impact of technology and changing work practices on the knowledge workplace. While at DEGW Andrew led a number of major international research projects exploring this issue including intelligent building studies in Europe, South East Asia and Latin America (1992 – 1998) and the European Commission supported research project Sustainable Accommodation for the New Economy, published in 2003 as ‘The Distributed Workplace’ .He also participated in studies on the changing government workplace in the UK published as ‘Working without walls’ and ‘Working beyond walls’ and was the Director responsible for the creation of BOX – an innovation and collaboration space at the London School of Economics.

His latest book (with Les Hutton), Design and the Changing Educational Landscape: Space, Place and the Future of Learning was published by Routledge in September 2013.


B.Sc.(Hons) Psychology, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Deputy Chair, UK Crafts Council

Chair, Centre for the Creative Industries, Shetland