Design as a Social Practice: the Experience of New-Build Schools

Дата выхода / Published: 2018

Harry Daniels and the other authors

Полный список авторов: Harry Daniels, Hau Ming Tse, Andrew Stables, Sarah Cox

This paper explores the influences of design on the perceptions and actions of students and teachers at four UK secondary schools. Typical post occupancy evaluations focus on environmental issues such as acoustics, lighting and temperature, using predominantly quantitative methods that often fail to explore how different environmental and social factors interact dynamically with users through time.

There is also a lack of attention to the ways in which the processes of occupation may shape the experience of such spaces. This paper reports on one area of a wider study that involved case study profiling to document a range of key issues experienced by teachers and students at each of these schools, thus extending previous evidence on the ways in which habitation alters or rejects original design. These findings contribute to the development of a more holistic understanding of the ways in which design may contribute to processes of pedagogic transformation.


Hau Ming Tse is a Research Fellow in the Department of Education, University of Oxford, UK.

Harry Daniels is Professor of Education in the Department of Education, University of Oxford, UK.

Andrew Stables is Professor Emeritus at the University of Roehampton, UK, and a Senior Researcher with the International Semiotics Institute, Lithuania.

Sarah Cox is a Researcher in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford, UK.



Publication is published under ‘open access’ or under the author’s or publisher’s permission and copyright of the work belongs to the author. 

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