Concept & Organisation

Hannah von Ahlefeld, OECD
Alastair Blythe, OECD
Christian Kühn, TU Vienna (Conference Chair)
Eunah Park, OECD
Ulrike Pitro, TU Vienna
Aleksandra Potkonjak, TU Vienna
John Worthington (Faciltator)

Special thanks to Kenn Fisher


Lukas Antoni (Web)
Thomas Amann (Video)
Patrick Hammer (Video)

Speakers & Workshop Facilitators

    CEO and owner of SBW House of Learning. SBW House of Learning is a Swiss entrepreneurial provider of education that has offered high quality, innovative learning throughout the whole educational spectrum from kindergarten to high school, including international schools since 1980. We believe strongly in encouraging self - driven learning, in developing respectful behaviour, in gaining confidence in success, all these within a well -organized learning environment.
  • Hannah von AHLEFELDHannah von AHLEFELD
    Hannah von Ahlefeld has been an analyst at the OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE) since 2003. She is responsible for numerous international projects relating to school safety and security, evaluating quality in educational spaces, and innovation in the design of learning environments. Hannah previously worked on high-profile OECD projects in education, namely the annual statistical publication Education at a Glance and the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) as a statistician, author, and publications and network co-ordinator. Born in Australia and a qualified secondary school teacher, she has a strong academic and research background in education and the social sciences.
  • Julia ATKINJulia ATKIN
    Named as one of Australia's Smart 100 - a list of 10 people in 10 fields making a difference to Australian society through innovation – Julia Atkin has been researching how people learn for over 30 years. Here awards include Apple Distinguished Educator, 2000-2004, Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and the Sir Harold Wyndham Medal 2000 in recognition of the contribution her work has made to the learning of teachers and the children of Australia.
  • Alastair BLYTHAlastair BLYTH
    Alastair Blyth is an architect and analyst at the OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments. Key areas of focus the role of innovation in design of learning environments, the role and implications of procurement policy and practice and the design of higher education environments. Alastair joined the OECD in August 2007 from the School of Architecture at the University of Westminster. In architectural practice Alastair specialised in project briefing working on a range of education and commercial projects. He co-authored "Managing the Brief for Better Design" the second edition of which was published in July 2010.
    Co-founder of LOOP, a consultancy specialising in school development which provides strategic analysis, project planning and project management for the public sector and private clients, Hanna Bohn Vinkel has much experience in implementing development processes in the public sector. A teacher by training, she has worked with educational development, establishing and leading partnering teams focusing on communication and group psychology.
    Since 2006, Frauke Burgdorff has been Director of Montag Stiftung Urbane Räume gAG –The Montag Foundation Urban Spaces - in Bonn, Germany. Research projects at Montag Shiftung involve education experts, planners and architects working together with the community to develop innovative and practical designs for educational architecture. From 2002 until 2005, Burgdorff was Managing Director of Europäisches Haus der Stadtkultur, Gelsenkirchen, and between 2000 and 2002, she was Project Manager at the EuRegionale 2008 in Aachen.
    Executive Director of the Capital Planning Sector of Alberta Education, Laura Cameron and her team are responsible for overseeing the planning and funding of school capital projects throughout the province as well as Education's oversight of P3 projects for school infrastructure. A Certified Management Accountant by training, Laura has been in her current role with Alberta Education since July of 2008. She has been with the Government of Alberta for over 12 years, having worked with the departments of Health & Wellness, Government Services and Service Alberta.
    With 25 years of experience helping clients in more than 100 public and private sector organisations make well informed strategic decisions about their investments in design, Sam Cassels is currently Architecture and Design Scotland's (A+DS) Design Advisor for 'The Schools Programme' (see He has an academic background in architecture and economics.
  • Martin CULKINMartin CULKIN
    A teacher and principal in secondary schools in the state of Victoria, Australia, for more than four decades, Martin Culkin has been leading the merger of three secondary schools into one school of 2 100 students in the suburb of Dandenong. Culkin has a strong belief in collaborative team teaching and student inquiry learning. He has worked to develop new curriculum and pedagogies to engage students more effectively and improve educational opportunities. He holds a Commerce Degree and a Masters in Business Administration.
    A senior policymaker and former politician in Sweden, Odd Eiken is currently Executive Vice President of Kunskapsskolan Education AB, which runs 33 non-government schools in Sweden. Kunskapsskolan is founded on the principle that students take responsibility for developing their own educational programme in a setting of their choosing, with support from teachers. A graduate of the Stockholm School of Economics, Eiken was Secretary of State for Education in the Ministry of Science and Education in Sweden between 1991 and 1994.
  • Charles FADELCharles FADEL
    Global Education Research Lead, Cisco Systems, USA, and BIAC Education Committee Vice-Chairman, Charles Fadel is a Cisco board member at the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, of which Cisco was a founding member, and Innovate/Educate, an organisation dedicated to advocacy of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). He has consulted with a wide variety of education ministries/boards and has worked on education projects with more than 30 countries and states.
    Co-founder of LOOP (see above), Jens Guldbæk is qualified as an architect, project developer, project manager and in economics. He has worked as a manager in several public administrations, and was responsible for a number of radical change processes. In the municipality of Gentofte, Guldbæk was director of a major innovative school project, which was the driving force behind the shaping of particular Hellerup School.
    Founder and Principal of idealice landscape architects practice since 2001. Member of the "Arbeitskreis Schulfreiräume" of ÖISS since 2001, Lecturer at the Universität für Bodenkultur (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna) and at the Technical University of Vienna from 2001-2005 IDEALICE is a landscape architecture office, which was founded in 2001 by Alice Größinger. It stands for creative open space design and customized solutions. One of the basic ideas for spacial concepts of idealice are: the recognition of the context - thinking the ideal of the future city, recreate the asset and to form connections between the basic input. space, time and the requirements of the users are key inputs that are integrated from the beginning into the design process. that´s how open space can emerge within superior context and it´s special and unique taste.
  • Valerie HANNONValerie HANNON
    Director of the Innovation Unit in the United Kingdom, Valerie Hannon leads the work on Education and Children's Services, and has a strong interest in the work in local government and the third (non-profit) sector. Valerie has been a Director of Education in a large county Local Authority (Derbyshire). She has worked in a broad range of Local Authorities, and was an advisor to the Local Government Association. Before joining local government, she was a senior research fellow in the University of Sheffield and led on education policy for the Equal Opportunities Commission. Her teaching experience was in secondary schools. She is a former USA Harkness Fellow.
    Manager of the OECD's network of senior officials responsible for Public-Private Partnerships – a network bringing together the public sector expertise in setting up and managing large PPP investments in order to share best practices and information exchange - Ian Hawkesworth leads OECD country system reviews and is responsible for the International Budget Practices and Procedures Project. Ian previously worked as Head of Section and Advisor at the Ministry of Finance in Denmark. Ian holds degrees from The London School of Economics and the University of Copenhagen
  • Gabu_Heindl_SWGabu HEINDL
    Gabu Heindl is an architect and urbanist in Vienna operating at the intersection of architecture, research, art and urbanity. She is running the studio GABU Heindl Architektur in Vienna, which is focusing on architectural concepts and realisations of public interventions and cultural and social buildings. Publications a.o. in JAE, Umbau, Derive and archis. Editor of Arbeit Zeit Raum – Bilder und Bauten der Arbeit im Postfordismus, turis+kant, Vienna 2008 and position alltag. Architecture in the context of everyday life. Having a strong interest in the politics of architecture she is organising and curating exhibitions, lectures and symposia, e.g. in her position as board member of the House of Architecture in Graz (2006/2007) and currently of the Austrian Society for Architecture (oegfa) in Vienna.
  • joerg_hofstaetterJörg HOFSTÄTTER - OVOS
    Jörg Hofstätter, founder and Managing Partner. Jörg is a trained Architect at the academy of applied arts Vienna (Studio Zaha Hadid) and deals with virtual and immersive 3D-Worlds for more than 10 years. He is giving Lectures and workshops on Game Design and Digital Architecture at the Technical University Vienna, FH Hagenberg and the Academy of fine Arts. Ovos creates digital Experiences which transport contents trough fun, excitement and collaboration. Since we started in 2004 we believe that one of the best ways to address messages lies within game-like interaction. We run projects for national and international brands following this belief, considering ourselves as Entertainment Designers. Our applications intend to teach and inform users in the most entertaining way possible.
    A senior analyst at the OECD's Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), David Istance heads the long-running "Schooling for Tomorrow" programme and the new "Innovative Learning Environments" project. He has been responsible for a significant body of OECD work on education including Education Today: The OECD Perspective (2009), Trends Shaping Education (2008), High Quality Education and Training for All (1992) and Education and Equity in OECD Countries (1997). Between 1991 and 1997, he was at the Universities of Cardiff and Swansea and he remains an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences, University of Cardiff.
  • Christian KÜHN Christian KÜHN
    Dean of Architecture and Building Science at the Vienna University of Technology since 2008 and professor at the university since 2001, Christian Kühn has been Chairman of Architekturstiftung Österreich (Austrian Architecture Foundation) since 2000. He was Chairman of the Curriculum Commission (Architecture) at the Vienna University of Technology from 2001 to 2006 and Board member of ÖGFA (Austrian Society for Architecture) between 1995 and 2000.
  • Richard LEONARDRichard LEONARD
    Director in charge of educational projects at Hayball, a Melbourne-based architecture, interior and urban design practice, Richard Leonard has guided many significant school projects including the multi-award winning Dandenong High School, Camberwell Girls Grammar and Wallan Secondary College projects. In consulting to the Department of Education in Victoria, Richard has contributed to a number of their key programs including the Building the Education Revolution, Public Private Partnerships and the Rural Replacement Programs.
    With PlanSinn since 1998; Lecturer at Vienna University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences and Vienna University of Technology. Co-founder and co-editor of dérive – journal of urban studies. PlanSinn is a planning and communication consultancy founded in 1997. Our team consists of 14 people from a wide range of specialised fields and disciplines working together on a partnership basis. We are engaged in projects focussing on participation and empowerment, science communication, process control, publicity and planning in the thematic fields City & Neighbourhood, Gender & Work, Children & Young People, Open Spaces & Landscaping, Sustainability & Mobility and Environment & Water.
    Born is Switzerland with an academic background in theoretical physics, Konrad Osterwalder was an associate professor at Harvard University before being appointed professor of mathematical physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, in 1977. In 1995, he was appointed rector of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and in September 2007, he joined the United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan as its fifth rector.
  • Eunah PARKEunah PARK
    Currently a consultant in the OECD Learning for Jobs project, which is part of the OECD Policy Review of Vocational Education and Training (VET), Eunah Park is completing her post-graduate studies in technological education at Korea University. A former trainee at the OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments, she has worked as a research assistant at the Higher Education Policy Research Institute in the Ministry of Education, Science Technology in Korea, where she was involved in a research project on "Ubiquitous based high-tech future school design" undertaken with the Korea Education & Research Information Service (KERIS).
  • Katie SALENKatie SALEN
    Katie Salen is a game designer, Professor of Design and Technology, and Director of the Center for Transformative Media at Parsons the New School for Design. She is also the Executive Director of a non-profit called the Institute of Play that is focused on games and learning, as well as the founder and Executive Director of Design of Quest to Learn, a new 6-12th grade public school in New York City. The school uses a game-based learning model and supports students within an inquiry-based curriculum with questing to learn at its core. Katie is co-author of Rules of Play, a textbook on game design, The Game Design Reader, and editor of The Ecology of Games: Connecting Youth, Games, and Learning, all from MIT Press.
  • SillerRupert SILLER – Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
    Dietmar Feichtinger established Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes in Paris in 1993. With a thirty of employees between Paris and Vienna the team operates mainly in Europe. DFA has built a strong reputation for its inventive structures and its investigative approach to design. Its work links both architecture and engineering whilst exploring the dynamic between these two disciplines. In a constant strive DFA is looking for integration environmental and sustainable development, in a elegant and sensitive architecture, respectful of nature and humans. Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes is internationally-honored with architecture awards and publications for excellence in design and their built projects.
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  • RichardTEMELRobert TEMEL
    Robert Temel is researcher with focus on architecture and urbanism, he is research staff member at the University of Technology in Vienna and scholar at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Vienna. He was member of the board of the Austrian Architectural Society from 1998 to 2010 and chairman of the board from 2003 to 2009. Publications: RT: "In the meantime, everything changes", in: S. Lindemann, I. Schutten: Between Times, Amsterdam 2010; F. Haydn, RT: Temporary Urban Spaces. Concepts for the Use of City Spaces, Basel 2006
  • PrielerWildmannMichael WILDMANN Irene PRIELER
    Conceived as an open collective for contextual work at the interface of architecture, design, art and social space, grundstein was initiated in 2006 by Michael Wildmann and Irene Prieler. The projects and/or solutions developed are as individual as the working styles of the various actors and emerge on the one hand in teamwork with clients and on the other hand through transdisciplinary exchange oscillating between different artistic, technical and scientific disciplines. The highest possible degree of innovation in all fields covered is a common ambition of all our projects.
    Since co-founding DEGW in 1973, John Worthington has pioneered methods of adapting urban and space planning techniques to meet the needs of emerging knowledge-based economies. He is particularly interested in how the changing needs of complex organisations are translated into a programme of practical action for design. From 1992-7, John was Director of the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies and Professor of Architecture at the University of York.
    Richard Yelland has been Head of the Education Management and Infrastructure Division in the OECD Directorate for Education since its creation in 2002. This Division is responsible for the work of the Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE) and the Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE). Richard joined OECD in 1986 from the Department of Education and Science in the United Kingdom, where he had held a range of posts in educational policy and administration since 1974. He has led CELE since 1989. Following a secondment to the University of Adelaide, South Australia, he was given the additional responsibility for IMHE in 1998.
    Head of Digital Strategy at Radley College in the United Kingdom, Ian Yorston has previously been Head of Science, Head of Physics and Head of Careers at Radley. An inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate, a School Governor and occasional advisor to ISC on ICT matters, Ian has visited schools and lectured all over the world on Change and on the Future of Education. Prior to Radley, he spent 10 years in the Royal Air Force including 3 years as an Electronic Warfare Officer. He has a much-visited weblog,
  • zinterlDI Thomas ZINTERL
    * 1964 geboren in Graz * Studium der Architektur an der TU Graz und Universität Porto/Portugal * Betreuung der Gastprofessur David Chippenfield, TU Graz 1992 * Seit 1995 eingetragener Architekt i d Portugiesischen Architektenkammer Seit 1997 Geschäftsführer bei ZT Arquitectos Lda * Seit 2000 staatlich befugter und beeideter Ziviltechniker für Architektur in Österreich * Seit 2002 Geschäftsführer bei Zinterl Architekten ZT GmbH
  • ZodererPeter ZODERER – feld72
    feld72 is a collective, a laboratory for architecture, engaged in research and finding new strategies for cliché-dominated or underestimated (urban) conditions. feld72 continuously focuses on the borderline where one system converts into another. How can you re-program the ways people use spaces and how they respond to social rules? Possible answers vary from object related planning to urban investigations and interventions.