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Want a learning environment designed around students' learning needs? Space matters!

Learning Space Design Lab (c) by Autens

location_on Roskilde, Denmark
A powerful workshop tool for collaboratively designing and re-imagining learning environments based on how children learn, while transforming the shared pedagogical practice through a playful, creative method that mimics great project-based learning. Space Matters! This offers an opportunity to re-imagine how we learn and the spaces we learn in to nudge the future of learning.
Lene Jensby Lange, Founder, Autens - innovator of the Learning Space Design Lab
We are not designing learning environments, we are designing a learning culture.

Lene Jensby Lange, Founder, Autens - innovator of the Learning Space Design Lab


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Updated on October 19th, 2020
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What is Learning Space Design Lab?

One innovative teacher might improve their classroom layout and culture, but this is unlikely to have a long term impact on the learning culture of the school. For lasting impact and meaningful change, the whole school community needs to play an active role in changing the culture and design of learning spaces.

Autens is a leading Danish education consultancy, specialising in developing and supporting visionary projects that transform schools into meaningful 21st century places for learning. Autens believes learning should be purposeful, joyful, co-created and personalised, and that learning spaces should be a reflection of this.

Among many endeavours, Autens runs Learning Space Design Labs for educators. It is used for learning space (re)design small and big scale as well as for co-creating design briefs for architects when building new schools or refurbishing existing ones. In these workshops, all staff and/or students come together to co-create desired new learning environments on the basis of a shared vision for learning. The participants have the freedom to think, play and create together, thoughtfully facilitated so that the outcome is as innovative, insightful, and inspirational as possible. The design process is hands-on, project-based learning in action, with an authentic, real-world problem that demands a solution - walking the talk of powerful learning.

The workshops have a dual, inter-related purpose: to create design solutions for specific learning spaces and to strengthen a shared learning culture with a very high sense of ownership and empowerment among teachers. Even more important it's a powerful way to co-create innovative learning space design principles to lead the schools work with learning spaces and innovative practices in years to come - and can shape the basis for a design brief for architects that everyone can get behind when building or refurbishing schools.

We successfully facilitate this workshop both in Denmark and in different countries across the world. As of now we have facilitated workshops for more than 3,500 educators, influencing the daily school life of at least 30,000 students.

The Design Lab innovation is part of our consulting service. While some schools, districts, cities etc. has the means to invite us to work with them, we recognize that many schools will not be able to do that. Here we kindly ask that you do not copy our Lab elements but suggest you involve your colleagues or students in creating your own 3D models using cardboard, glue, tape, etc and research the internet beforehand for good advice and methods - and plan the process well because it matters a lot for the outcome! (We have provided some inspiration to you on this page). As a special courtesy and helping hand to individual teachers out there, trying to change their learning environments with no budget at all, we decided to share a bit of the magic for free. We created Design Lab LITE - a mini-lab touring the world from school to school enabling you to reimagine a classroom or an area for up to 50 students, working with 10-20 workshop participants. The only cost is to supplement the kit a bit as needed and pay postage to send it to the next school on the list. Get in touch to learn more:

Otherwise we kindly ask that you do not copy our Lab and respect that it is the intellectual property of Autens. We are education pioneer colleagues and entrepreneurs who put a lot of our own time, money and risk into this idea as well as into developing the right elements and mix of the toolkit, the evidence-informed protocols etc. that are part of the lab. 

If you are a consultant, whole school or wider school system wishing to work with the Learning Space Design Lab method, we are training and licensing a number of consultants and school districts across the world in the coming years, and also providing the necessary kits. Learn more here:


Achievements & Awards

November 2019
HundrED Innovator 2019
November 2019
HundreED Innovator 2020
May 2019
November 2018
HundrED Innovator 2018
November 2018
HundrED 2019
October 2017
HundrED 2018
October 2017
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Identify the space to be (re)designed and the participants inv...
Getting everyone who regularly uses the spaces onboard is important.
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Prepare the workshop
Prior to the workshop, materials to work with need to be prepared - or invite us to join you!
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Work together as a group in a variety of different ways to come up with a design for an innovative learning space.
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Now it's time to gather together all the final ideas and begin to implement them.
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