The Third Annual Conference will be held at the University of Sheffield on 5th July 2017.

Breaking the Mould


UK Universities are again at a time of great change.  The Higher Education and Research Bill currently going through Parliament aims to improve the student experience, ensure that students receive value for money, allow more competition to universities and enhance the UK’s economy through increased productivity, research and innovation.  Even before BREXIT, initiatives such as the Government’s 2014 Local Enterprise Partnerships and Enterprise Zones were encouraging universities, manufacturing, innovation and enterprise to work together.  Post BREXIT, this will be even more important.


HEDQF’s 2017 Annual Conference will look at designing for the future of universities in this new role. Many universities have already been leading the way.


Based in the “Diamond”, The University of Sheffield’s new £81 million undergraduate engineering building, the Conference will look at examples from the UK and abroad, including the University of Sheffield’s world-leading Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, in partnership with 90 companies from Boeing, Rolls Royce,  BAE systems and Aerospace to small local companies. Other examples will include the El Hassan Science City and The Princess Sumaya University for Technology, the new campus for Northampton University which is reshaping how teaching is provided to students, without lecture theatres, and, looking at non-traditional models, the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology, a new private university in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.


The conference will close with a drinks reception in the new Faculty of Development and Society at Sheffield Hallam University.


Book your place at the Conference here


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Future Campus – The University of the Future
12 July 2016, 9.45am - 6.30pm, Granary Square, University of the Arts, London





What will the university of the future look like?  Technology, society, the aspirations of students and the needs of researchers are changing and becoming ever more demanding in the competitive world while funding and cost of tuition continues to be a challenge. Students and staff expect well-designed, technology-rich, high quality facilities that reflect the identity of the university, while universities have a renewed focus on collaboration with a wide variety of organisations - locally, national and internationally. 


The Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF)’s Annual Conference for 2016 will examine how universities and designers are responding to these challenges.  Our venue is the Granary Building, Central St Martins, University of the Arts London (UAL) in the major regeneration area of King’s Cross London. 


The conference will consider examples of forward-thinking in London, elsewhere in the UK and internationally, and will coincide with the launch of the new HEDQF-RIBA book Future Campus - Design Quality in Buildings (a complimentary copy will be available to all delegates).



Optional Tours (limited numbers – pre-booking is essential via email to


11 July, 1630 for 1700: Creating a new urban district in King’s Cross, a tour by Argent. Meet outside Argent's offices, 4 Stable Street, King's Cross, London, N1C 4AB


12 July, 0815 for 0830: Creating a new arts university at King’s Cross, a tour of the Granary Building by Stanton Williams: Meet at the Conference Reception Desk, The Granary.




0830 - 0945: Coffee and registration, Granary atrium


0945: Conference Opening and Setting the Context

Chairman:  Professor Philip Ogden, Queen Mary University of London and Chairman of HEDQF.  

  • Steve Howe, Director of Estates at University of the Arts London (UAL): Welcome to the University of the Arts and the Central Saint Martins campus. 
  • Professor Philip Ogden: Welcome to the Conference.

1000: Keynote Presentations

  • Nigel Carrington, Vice Chancellor of University of the Arts London: How universities of the future will support their cities, linked with UAL’s wider future estate strategy.
  • Nick Searl, Partner in Argent: The King’s Cross Regeneration and the role of design, public realm, higher education and the knowledge industries in achieving this new urban district. 
  • Discussion

1100 Short comfort break (10 minutes)


1110:  The design of universities as places to work and live as part of the urban regeneration and future economic success of regions and cities

Chairman: Ed Watson, Executive Director of Growth, Planning and Housing, City of Westminster 

  • A new university and arts quarter in Stratford, London: Martin Summersgill, Head of Development for UCL East, University College London.
  • A new campus for Glasgow University in the heart of the city on the former Western Infirmary site: Ann Allen, Director of Estates and Buildings, The University of Glasgow
  • An international example with UK university involvement: EduCity in Malaysia: Andy MacFee, Director, Scott Brownrigg.
  • Discussion


1230: Lunch


1345: The future of teaching and learning.   What will the teaching and learning facilities of the future look like and how are students and staff involved in their design?:  

Chairman: Graham Brown-Martin, Catalyst,

  • Introduction and overview: Graham Brown-Martin.
  • How future university students are learning today – lessons from changes in school education design: Michael Buchanan of Galliford Try.
  • New teaching environments and collaborative learning:  Lessons from Australian universities: Tom Kvan, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Melbourne.
  • Involving the stakeholders in innovative learning and teaching designs:  Jonas Nordquist, Director Medical Case Centre, Karolinska Institutet
  • Discussion

1515: A view from the students.  Paul Rossi, Head of Student Advice at University of the Arts London chairs a student discussion with Sean Stillmaker, Emma Twine, Emma Gains and Rishub Keelara. 


1545: Coffee 


1640: Research, Enterprise and the importance of design:  Research, enterprise, science, arts and communities working together.  

Chairman: Ton Kvan, Pro-Vice Chancellor, The University of Melbourne.

  • Design for Innovation and Creativity:  Professor Saeema Ahmed-Kristensen, Deputy Head of the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London
  • Design for Manufacturing, Engineering and Industry at Sheffield:  Keith Lilley, Director of Estates and Facilities Management, The University of Sheffield. 
  • Design for Medical Research:  The Francis Crick Institute in St Pancras in the heart of London: Larry Malcic, Senior Vice President and Design Principal, HOK. 
  • Achieving successful and innovative designs through use of architectural competitions, Julian Robinson, Director of Estates, London School of Economics
  • Discussion 


1800: Conclusions and Lessons for the Future

Professor Philip Ogden, Queen Mary University London


1830: Drinks and the Launch of the new HEDQF/RIBA book “Future Campus

  • Professor Philip Ogden, Chairman of HEDQF
  • Ian Taylor, Fielden Clegg Bradley, Editor of the book
  • Professor Tony Travers, Director of British Government @ LSE, a professor in the LSE’s Government Department and co-director of LSE London. 


2030: Finish

Book Launch



The launch of the RIBA / HEDQF publication, "Future Campus" will take place after the conference at 6pm on Tuesday 12 July. All delegates and speakers are invited to attend and all will receive a complimentary copy of the book. 


The modern university takes many forms, with considerable contrasts in history, size and location, and in the balance between teaching, learning and research. Universities play a major role within their local communities in education, in their contribution to the economy and in generating a sense of pride and engagement.


Future Campus highlights how the physical space of the university and the quality of design of that space really matters and will help architects, design teams and university clients in their pursuit of practical and innovative solutions to creating places that enable effective and enjoyable teaching, learning and research. The book draws on a wide range of case studies from different higher education systems and includes the views of university academics, estate directors, architects and engineers involved in the creation of settings for university life.


Speakers at the launch will include:


  • Professor Philip Ogden, Queen Mary University of London and Chair of the HEDQF
  • Professor Tony Travers, Director of the LSE London research centre at the London School of Economics; and
  • Ian Taylor, Partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and editor of Future Campus


If you are not attending the conference or launch and would like to order the publication, further details can be found at the RIBA Bookshop.

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