Dr Ken Woodman
Ken is a qualified architect in both Australia and the United Kingdom with over 25 years of experience including in South Africa, Canada, and the United States. He migrated to Australia in 1996 and established No. 42 Architects a decade later. This successful regional practice is based on cooperation, communication, and collaboration and has been shortlisted the Architects Registration Board of Victoria Service Award. Ken is strongly committed to sustainability in design, construction, and life style spending two years personally building his own rammed earth self-sufficient house in the bush of North-East Victoria.
Ken has completed a Doctorate of Philosophy on the relationship between space and learning as part of the Smart Green Schools research team at the University of Melbourne. The thesis was titled Re-Placing Flexibility and was an investigation into flexibility in learning spaces and learning. During this process Ken studied both architectural and educational philosophers and believes that learning occurs during a transaction between the learner and their learning environment. Ken has lectured at the University of Melbourne, presented at conferences, run professional development workshops, and written academic papers on various aspects of space and learning.
Dr Ben Cleveland
Working in association with No. 42 Architects, Ben is an educational planner who combines years of experience as a school teacher with an insight into research regarding contemporary school design. He also completed his PhD as a member of the Smart Green Schools research team at the University of Melbourne. Ben’s research focused on how to design and use learning environments to support contemporary educational philosophies and pedagogies. Ben has presented at numerous conferences, both nationally and internationally, and has had a number of academic papers published on the topic of school design in peer reviewed journals.
Ben’s knowledge and practical experience provides the vital link between the educational aspirations of the client and the design response. His involvement ensures that spatial solutions will articulate the clients’ educational vision. Ben gathers information regarding the clients’ educational objectives, integrating this information into effective briefing documents, and provides educational advice during the design process. In addition, Ben works with the school community to aid their transition into new learning spaces.