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PiP webinar: Architecture for Schools and Education Buildings

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Credit: Jan Kattein Architects


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Join us for this RIBA Journal PiP Architecture for Schools and Education Buildings Webinar.

We will cover the latest products and materials and explore how collaboration between architects, consultants and manufacturers are helping create better designed, inspiring, sustainable and future-proof schools and education buildings.

Featured speakers include:

Zane Putne, SEND director, Noviun Architects, who will join us to provide advice and recommendations, providing insights from multiple case studies, on SEND school design and inclusion for all.

Jan Kattein, director, Jan Kattein Architects, who will join us to deliver a presentation on The Paper Garden. With an uncompromising focus on re-use, the project sets a precedent for sustainable construction. It includes a garden and an educational community building, from which educational and leadership opportunities are offered to young people.

Wayne Head, director, Curl la Tourelle Head Architecture, who will join us to deliver a presentation on Alfreton Park Community Special School. A special educational needs and disabilities all-through school, the site part of a campus-like family of nurturing buildings, within a park setting, with design decisions connecting pupils to nature.

Mandy Franz, associate director, MICA Architects, who will join us to deliver a presentation on Cheng Yu Tung Building. The project provides important new accommodation to Jesus College, a scheme that is active and open to the public realm. New teaching facilities, new accommodation for students, new convening and communal space

Sponsored by: Oscar Acoustics and Milient Software



Chair’s opening remarks 
Jan Carlos Kucharek, editor, PiP and deputy editor, RIBA J 

SEND school Design: Inclusion for all
Zane Putne, SEND director, Noviun Architects

School Aesthetics vs. Acoustics
Ben Hancock, managing director, Oscar Acoustics

Case study: The Paper Garden, Canada Water, London
Jan Kattein, director, Jan Kattein Architects


Case study: Alfreton Park Community Special School, Alfreton, Derbyshire
Wayne Head, director, Curl la Tourelle Head Architecture

The intelligence cycle: driving positive actions to achieve continuous practice success and excellence in education buildings
Matthew Nickerson, commercial director, Milient

Case study: Cheng Yu Tung Building, Jesus College, Oxford
Mandy Franz, associate director, MICA Architects

Chair’s closing remarks


Speakers biographies


Mandy Franz Mandy Franz
Associate director, MICA Architects

Mandy is a highly experienced architect and conservation architect with over 15 years of experience working across a range of capital projects. Her experience includes the design and construction of world class university environments particularly in the collegiate settings of the University of Oxford, which include Corpus Christi College Auditorium, a new college quad for Keble College, a subterranean library for The Queen’s College, new student accommodation for Pembroke College and innovative living and learning spaces within the Cheng Yu Tung Building for Jesus College. Mandy champions MICA’s sustainable practice of architecture in both retrofit and new build, understanding the compact dynamics between our impact and the benefits for society.


Ben Hancock Ben Hancock
Managing director, Oscar Acoustics

With a design background, an eye for detail and extensive product knowledge, Ben Hancock has assisted architects and contractors in bringing concepts and designs to fruition while building lasting relationships. Past education projects include Blavatnik School of Government, University College London, University of East Anglia, Notting Hill Prep School, Hampton Court Palace and Tate Modern, Britain and St Ives.


Wayne Head Wayne Head
Director, Curl la Tourelle Head Architecture

Wayne Head is an RIBA Fellow, Design Council Associate, and serves on several regionally based design review panels. Wayne holds a MSc in Architectural Conservation and is a RIBA Chartered Conservation Architect. He is a RIBA Client Adviser and has been an RIBA Part 3 professional practice examiner for over 5 years. He is also a regular critic at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Westminster University School of Architecture. His 20 years’ experience spans healthcare, schools, housing, and universities, to infrastructure and master planning. Over the years, he has led many award-winning projects such as the recently completed Alfreton Park Community SEND School. Wayne is also the former chair and trustee of the Ashok Tree Foundation, together they delivered the Sita Devi School in Northern India which aimed to tackle inequalities towards girls.


Jan Kattein Jan Kattein
Director, Jan Kattein architects

Jan set up Jan Kattein Architects in 2004 with an ambition to embrace design as an open and collaborative process. His research has established the methodology that characterises the studio’s work today. His contribution transcends disciplinary boundaries and includes writing, speaking, architecture, design, urbanism and theatre.


Jan-Carlos Kucharek Jan-Carlos Kucharek 
Deputy editor RIBAJ & editor PIP

Jan-Carlos Kucharek is an architectural journalist and registered architect. He studied his part 1 at Canterbury College of Art and his architecture diploma at The Bartlett (UCL) and worked for five years at Foster + Partners. He took a part-time role at the RIBA Journal in 2004 and continued working freelance at Marks Barfield, Hudson Featherstone, David Morley and Fourthspace architects. He became editor of Products in Practice (PiP) in 2013 and deputy editor of RIBAJ in 2021.


Matthew Nickerson Matthew Nickerson
Commercial director, Milient

Committed to improving operations for architects, Matthew strives to revolutionise traditional practices for enhanced efficiency and productivity. Matthew has partnered with leading design practices for over twenty years with a passion for reducing operating risk.


Zane Putne
SEND director, Noviun Architects

Zane is SEND Director at Noviun Architects, leading the SEND school design sector, overseeing and guiding the practice in our approach and continued research into special educational needs and disabilities design. She is part of a number of SEND steering groups and regularly presents at conferences of the challenges and developing approach to the sector.



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