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HEQDF-AUDE 2-Day Barcelona Study Tour

When: 16-17 May 2019




HEDQF announces its fifth 2-day international study tour in collaboration with AUDE. The programme includes visits and presentations at La Massana Fine Arts School, the Biomedical Research ParkCa l’Aranyó Audio-visual Campus and the Sant Pau Research Institute and a tapas evening for delegates kindly sponsored by Overbury and Bennetts Associates.


Barcelona is one of Europe’s leading tourist, economic, trade and cultural centres. Its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities. In 2009, the city was ranked Europe's third and one of the world's most successful as a city brand. Barcelona hosts at least nine institutes of higher education – some public and some private.


Architecturally, Barcelona has built upon its reputation for Gaudi and Mies van der Rohe and is now in the vanguard of exciting modernist expressions of new architecture. In recent years, HEDQF has arranged trips to Rotterdam, Delft, Dublin, Vienna and Copenhagen. An HEI delegate remarked:


"Thank you for arranging a really excellent HEDQF visit to Copenhagen. I found the two days really informative and enjoyable and I’m really glad I was part of it. The group dynamics were great which added to the pleasure but also you managed to find three great buildings to view and an informative talk".

How can we design high performing buildings?


When: 22 May 2019, 17.30-22.00

Where: The Institute of Physics, 37 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9BU


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An evening conference discussing ‘what makes a high performance building?’ to be held at the Institute of Physics’s new headquarters, a building designed to showcase technology and promote wellness itself while providing a highly sustainable building for the long term and to provide a basis to bring new generations into physics while renovating a derelict corner of Kings Cross. The evening will feature speakers on designing a high performance building and workplace, and occupancy feedback in the recent BCO report on Improving Productivity in the Workplace.



5.30 – 6.00pm tea, coffee and registration

6.00 – 8.00pm presentations and discussion

8.00 – 10.00pm drinks


There will also be an opportunity for tours of this imaginative and sustainable reworking of an existing terrace designed by architects Tate Hindle.



Chair: Sasha Krastanovic

John Edmondson: Introduction to the event and to the Institute of Physics Buildings

Emily Loquidis: Post occupancy satisfaction

Nichola Gillen: High performance workplaces

John O’Brien, LCMB: The recent BCO report IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY IN THE WORKPLACE Lessons learnt and insights from the Whole Life Performance Plus project.



HEDQF would like to thank AECOM for kindly sponsoring all catering for this event.

HEDQF Fifth Annual Conference: Design for Wellbeing in Higher Education


When: 17th June (evening event), 18th June 2019 (conference)

Where: University of Edinburgh


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The fifth Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF) Annual Conference will be held at The University of Edinburgh Informatics Forum on the 18th June preceded by a reference visit to the Bayes Centre on 17th June.


The conference will be based in the Informatics Forum by Bennetts Associates adjacent to the newly-opened Bayes Centre, also designed by Bennetts Associates, which brings together academic staff and students working in the fields of Data Technology, Design Informatics, Maths and Robotics with start-up / spin-out companies and industrial collaborators and acts as a gateway into the university's campus at George Square.


Confirmed speakers include: the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow, SRUC, the LSE, Hawkins Brown, KSS Architects, Buro Happold and Atkins. Throughout the day we will consider why wellness is important in higher education and the role that design has to play, and wellness tools being used by universities, and in other sectors.


The day will include a student panel session and Pecha Kucha presentations followed by Q&A.


See the full programme for the Conference here.

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