Identify the space to be (re)designed and the participants involved
If redesigning the entire school, have people working in teams around the spaces that they work in the most. Consider a pre-project meeting where the staff get to express their initial visions for the school, their everyday needs, their challenges and dreams. Use this to try to connect the dots into one model of the 4-6 most important targets that jointly represent the needs of the team (for example, flexible ways of organising, quiet concentration, collaboration). Never discuss choice of furniture and physical solutions at this step – only use verbs that relate to the pedagogical practice or adjectives as to how the spaces should make people feel.
Document the current space(s) in pictures and take photos of what the students choose to do during recess or when they are free to choose where and how to work.