June 1st 2018    |  2 pm - 6 pm
June 2nd 2018  |  9 am – 5 pm


The science behind the design of space

Work and learning spaces for the future need to be designed with a wide range of factors in mind such as environment, technology, the physical and the psychological.

We work and learn individually and in groups, so the physical space must contribute to the ongoing development and needs of the people who use it.

In the past this was an intuitive process, but we now have facts, data and experiences to share. In this colloquium we break down the key components that ensure a designed space supports working and learning in this millennium.



Time FRIDAY JUNE 1 - 2018
13:00 - 14:00 REGISTRATION
14:00 - 14:30 WELCOME
Chris Binge (Headmaster Markham College)
14:30 - 15:30 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Making learning & working better
Presentation is in English with simultaneous Spanish translation
Stephen Heppell
15:30 - 16:00 COFFEE BREAK
17:40 - 18:25 PANEL DISCUSSION:
Space: The final frontier for learning and working
Presentation is in English with simultaneous Spanish translation
18:30 - 20:30 OPENING COCKTAIL

Time SATURDAY JUNE 2 - 2018
8:30 - 9:00 REGISTRATION
9:00 - 10:00 GUEST SPEAKER
PLENARY: Designing spaces to maximise modern learning strategies
Presentation is in English with simultaneous Spanish translation
Dr. Phillip Long
10:00 - 10:45 PANEL DISCUSSION
Sound, light, time, colour and the environment
Presentation is in English with simultaneous Spanish translation
10:45 - 11:30 COFFEE BREAK
13:15 - 14:15 LUNCH
14:30 - 15:30 GUEST SPEAKER
PLENARY: Engaging the local and global to create inspired places to learn and work
Presentation is in English with simultaneous Spanish translation
Omar Calderón & Sean O’Donnell
Chris Binge and Stephen Heppell

Simultaneous sessions

* Sessions given in Spanish and/or English.

Session title Speaker Bio Details about session
Upgrade your classroom Professor Stephen Heppell Stephen has over 30 years of international experience in consulting and research on improving education through new media and technology. Stephen will look at ways you can make changes in your classroom to improve the learning environment. He will discuss and show examples of a variety of changes that can be made now and at low cost that will have immediate impact.
A practical follow up to Dr Long's plenary on designing learning spaces. Dr. Phil Long Phil is Chief Innovation Officer of the University of Texas at Austin. This session will follow up Dr Long's plenary session by expanding on the ideas with a practical design based session. He will also take questions and have a discussion based on both sessions.
How sustainable design becomes net positive education Architect Sean O’Donnell Practice area leader for Perkins Eastman’s international K-12 practice. In this session, Sean will define desired outcomes and discuss design strategies that could have the greatest impact on achieving these outcomes. He will also review the means to confirm the results once the new facilities are in use.
The School-Atelier. The conceptualisation of physical space for action and reflection Fiorella de Ferrari Educator, teacher trainer and founder of the early education school La Casa Amarilla and the Aleph school, as well as a co-representative of the international network Reggio Children. This presentation shares, through the experience of Aleph school and La Casa Amarilla preschools, how pedagogy, architecture and art dialogue to create learning spaces coherent with the needs of students and the school values.
How do new ways of teaching affect how we should design the acoustic environment in classrooms and schools? Architect José Augusto Nepomuceno Over 40 years’ experience in planning acoustics and art presentation spaces (including the Gran Teatro Nacional in Peru), with activities in the offices of akustiks (EUA) and Acústica & Sônica (Brasil). José Augusto will discuss, from an acoustic and environmental (including light and colour) point of view the design needs to provide comfort in the learning space.
Are we offering students a 21st-century education in a 19th-century environment? Craig Hill, Markham College Craig is Head of History at Markham College. His history as an international rugby player has made him concerned about the physical development of young people as they grow and the problems of spending too much time sitting down. Markham College recently decided to include standing desks in a classroom environment. Craig and his students will share their experience and discuss the impact this change has had on the learning process.
Getting the most learning out of your library Bronwyn Davis, San Silvestre school Bronwyn is an experienced teacher who has worked both in her native Australia and in Peru. Bronwyn is now a Teacher-Librarian and manages the Primary Section Learning Resource Centre (LRC). In her presentation, Bronwyn will demonstrate how creative design has determined the shape and structure of life in the LRC – it has wonderful multi-functional spaces where we see diverse activities unfold.
Coworking – The future of work Ernesto de Olazaval, Comunal Coworking Co-Founder and General Manager of Comunal Coworking This session will explore how to create innovative spaces for collaborative work.
Taking down the walls. How opening up the classrooms improves learning for students and teachers Kam Uddin, Markham College Kam is a Pre Kinder Phase Leader and teacher. He has a wealth of experience having taught in England, France, Austria, Thailand and Venezuela. Four Pre-Kindergarten classrooms were merged to create a single large area with a range of activities across it. Teachers can now watch each other teach, learning from each other and sharing ideas and students. What has been the reaction from teachers, students and parents?
How does the change from a teacher focussed environment affect learning? ​Ingrid ​Terpstra, ​Fiorella ​Bernal, Markham College Ingrid is a primary teacher. As part of her research she studied the effects of cooperative learning and students' attitudes towards learning.

Fiorella teaches third grade students. She trained and worked in Spain at Kids & Us.
Two third grade classrooms have removed all their old furniture and replaced it with a mixture of environments and places for students to work in. They have opened up the doors between the rooms for teachers and students to share their experiences. How does this change from a more teacher-focussed environment affect learning?
Lessons Learned from the Front Lines - Restructuring a Campus for the Learners of Today and Tomorrow Dolores de Goytisolo, Dr. Kerry Jacobson, Roosevelt School Dolores de Goytisolo, President - Board of Directors, Colegio Roosevelt - the American School of Lima Dr. Kerry Jacobson, Superintendent, Colegio Roosevelt - the American School of Lima In this session Roosevelt schoolwill provide many visual images and descriptions of the new educational buildings that have been recently completed. Presenters from the school will also provide the details of the processes Roosevelt has undertaken to visualize the future of learning and prepare for it.
Co-creation of learning spaces Architect Carolina Linares Borgo, AULA Carolina is co-founder of Aula Espacios for learning. In this session, Carolina will aim to explain the methodology of how to incorporate students in the design of learning spaces. He will present the methodology by sharing the results of a workshop done with Markham College students.
Educational spaces: Functional environments for learning Architect Ernesto Francisco Arias Valverde, MINEDU Responsible for Learning Spaces in the General Directorate for Regular Basic Education at the Ministry of Education (MINEDU). Ernesto will discuss how learning spaces are designed and organised based on MINEDU’s perceptions of how students learn, their curiosity and the pedagogical intentions of teachers. He will review how these criteria are being included in the new normative documents for the sector, covering the pedagogical, managerial and infrastructural.
Challenges and opportunities in the design and construction of schools in the 21st century Gianni Costa, Innova Schools Gianni is Planning & Education Manager at Innova Schools. In this session he will explore the relationship between the design of infrastructure and the pedagogical proposal. He will discuss how to balance design standardisation and adaptation according to the terrain, location and local customs. He will also review how to modify a design to face the future.
The harmony between architecture and education Fernando Farah, Colegio Villa Per Se Fernando is Promoter and Operational Manager of the Villa Per Se School. This session will address the design of a school based on the philosophy of students being in charge of their education. The whole school, including its operation, are part of the learning process and, therefore, are part of the design to make the school carbon neutral, obtain LEED Platinum certification, and recycle and reuse waste material. This session will address how this influences the learning of children and adults alike.
Wellbeing in the workplace Jose Antonio Carrera, Giorgio Kisic, Andres Rodrigo Jose Antonio Carrera, Director of Projects; Giorgio Kisic, Director of Design and Andres Rodrigo, Comercial Director at EDDICO. People spend more than 40% of their adult life in their workplace. We look at how wellbeing in the workplace is central to encouraging optimum, performance. We share the ergonomics, the planning process and the furniture options for designing effective working and learning spaces.
Which comes first: The chicken or the egg? Physical space vs teaching methodologies Rudolf Giese, Oscar Mas, UCAL Rudolf Giese is the Architecture Director at the Architecture Faculty, UCAL. Oscar Mas is Vice Chancellor of Innovation and Design Director at the Design Faculty, UCAL. There is no discussion that a modern, inclusive learning space creates a positive atmosphere for learning. The question is: is this enough? This session proposes a debate amongst participants on the relevance of physical space vs. teaching methodologies to define which is most important to reach a student or an employee´s mind and heart.
Maker spaces Kiko Mayorga, UTEC Kiko Mayorga is the co-founder of Escuelab.org. He also works at UTEC, coordinating UTEC GARAGE as well as the Interdisciplinary Projects course. Kiko will tell us about his experience coordinating UTEC GARAGE, a flexible prototyping space that serves 400 students per semester of Interdisciplinary Project courses. In these courses, you can see improvements in processes for the industrial sector, as well as air conditioning projects for high-rise homes; from brain electromagnetic activity sensors to drones with new stabilisation possibilities; from scout robots to board games.
Coffee shop learning Jorge Bossio, UPC Jorge Bossio is Digital and Online Learning Director at UPC. Jorge explores how the change in paradigms of conceptual separation of face-to-face and virtual spaces affects the logic of the integration of the digital learning experience in the learning process.
New trends in educational spaces lighting Arq. Guillermo Pasina Guillermo is Regional Leader for the Technical Office of Philips Lighting South Latam (Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and Peru). We will analyse the effects of light on academic performance as well as the new tools for lighting management.
Technology for the 21st century classroom Andres Becerra Andres is Managing Director for Lenovo Perú. The concept of educational institutions of the 21st century is based on the understanding of three concepts: ICT, digital native and digital immigrant. This is how a student, teacher and educational institution must create a virtuous circle that allows them to generate relevant relationships that prepare students for the new challenges imposed on us by the current and future world.
Colour and space in educational spaces Guillermina Victoria Avalos Carrillo Guillermina is a professor at the San Ignacio de Loyola University and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. The importance of light and colour in educational spaces and their influence on the classroom climate
Architects breakout Stephen Heppell Stephen has over 30 years of international experience in consulting and research on improving education through new media and technology. He has worked with learner led projects, governments, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, schools and communities, as well as many influential trusts and organisations. Stephen will deal with issues that are of particular relevance to people designing educational spaces. He will draw on experiences working with architects and designers all around the world and will cover the more technical aspects that should be brought into consideration when planning such projects. He will share interesting examples that he has seen.
Spaces in movement Matias Klein General Manager at Klein Trading. How flexible and mobile furniture is necessary to face the challenges of education in the 21st-century classroom.
How to design an innovative classroom Dan Plant Dan Plant is a teacher at San Silvestre school. Dan will share his inspiration for his 21st-century classroom design, which incorporates utility, flexibility and technology. This is reflected in a planned retrofit of the classroom allowing greater student development of 21st-century skills; communication, teamwork, enquiry learning, and peer-to-peer teaching.
Training teachers for new environments Maria Isabel Cifuentes, Claudia González-Zúñiga Godoy, UPC Maria Isabel Cifuentes is director of Educational Quality at UPC. Claudia González-Zúñiga Godoy is a clinical psychologist (USMP), with experience in psychological research and educational management. The role of the teacher has changed in recent years from being the authority to the facilitator. In this context, the teacher must motivate, stimulate and connect learning in all student activities, must cross the boundaries of the physical classroom, connect it with the environment and with its future. How do we achieve this training for teachers looking beyond the borders and barriers that are going to find the way?





Keynote speaker: Professor Stephen Heppell
CEO, Heppell.net (UK)

Has over 30 years of international experience in consulting and research on improving education through new media and technology. He has worked with learner led projects, governments, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, schools and communities, as well as many influential trusts and organisations.

Dr. Phillip Long
Chief Innovation Officer, University of Texas at Austin (USA)

His current research interests focus on active & blended learning pedagogies, credentialing linked to evidence of learning, open ledger (block-chain) applications, remote laboratories, emerging technologies and the analytics that can be captured by instrumenting interactions in both virtual and environments with the goal of informing learner decision-making.

Architect Omar Calderón AIA
Design Principal at Perkins Eastman (USA)

Mr. Calderon offers over 18 years of planning and design leadership. A highly versatile designer, he has played a vital role on landmark projects encompassing commercial, residential, public, higher education, and primary/secondary education facilities. Omar is the author of “Beyond Form: Architecture and Art in the Space of Media” and a lecturer at the School of Visual Arts, NY. He has been a guest design critic at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation and Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

Architect Sean O’Donnell AIA, LEED AP
Principal & Practice Area Leader for Perkins Eastman’s international K-12 practice (USA)

During his 20 years of experience, he has worked to ensure that environments are supportive of all of the users’ physical, intellectual, social/emotional, organisational and technological needs. A leader in educational facility planning and design, he founded the AIA/DC Committee on Architecture for Education, served as a juror for numerous school design competitions, and his projects have won more than 20 design awards. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and as Co-Chair of the National Technical Advisory Committee for the Collaborative for High Performance Schools.




Fiorella De Ferrari

Fiorella De Ferrari is an educator, teacher trainer and founder of the early education school La Casa Amarilla and the Aleph school, as well as a co-representative of the international network Reggio Children.


Architect José Augusto Nepomuceno

Architect specialised in planning acoustics and art presentation spaces, with activities in the offices of akustiks (EUA) and Acústica & Sônica (Brasil). Over 40 years’ experience in projects for spaces with excellent acoustic solutions such as theatres (including the Gran Teatro Nacional in Peru), concert halls, auditoriums, museums and music schools, amongst others. He coordinated several projects for public schools in Brazil – some of them being located near airports with extreme noise conditions.


Carla Olivieri, Ph.D

Rector of the Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de América Latina (UCAL), author of the book "Yo, Fuera de la Caja" and the blog in Semana Económica "Management out of the box". Over 20 years dedicated to higher education and director of knowledge and training of educational institutions and think tanks in Peru, USA, Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt. Fellow of the International Monetary Fund.


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