Teacher Workspaces 2030 - Master's Thesis Delivered!

SPINN Arkitekter partner James Dodson has completed the coursework for his Master's in Real Estate and Facilities Management at NTNU in Trondheim. His thesis delivery marked the end of a 3 year experience based program at the Centre for Real Estate and Facilities Management.

Dodson's thesis focused on teacher workspaces outside of the classroom, important areas in schools that are often under-prioritized. Nine months of reasearch and writing have resulted in important new insights into how teachers work and schools perform. This research, combined with partner Leif Houck's ongoing research in school architecture at NMBU further strengthen SPINN's position as an innovator in Norwegian school architecture. 

The paper will be published online at NTNU in the fall. The thesis abstract is reproduced below. 

The goal of this thesis is to set a greater focus and priority to teacher workspaces outside of the classroom today. In order to do this, scenario planning has been used to explore possible futures of teacher workspaces in order to examine how future needs can be planned for and implemented today. To this end quantitative research was done on teacher workspaces today, and qualitative research was done in the form of literature review, interviews and scenario planning.

The scope of the thesis is limited to Norwegian primary and secondary public schools. The focus of this thesis is teacher workspaces and support spaces used for pre- and post teaching activities outside of the classroom.

The thesis concludes that teacher workspaces of the future will require a greater variety of flexible spaces where teachers can perform the various tasks outside of the classroom that support their core operation, teaching. There should be spaces for both collaborative team-work and quiet concentrated work. A greater variety of workspace can be provided for teachers without a significant increase in total area by providing more shared-use spaces for students and teachers, such as group rooms nearby teacher workspaces that can be used as meeting rooms and collaborative spaces for teachers outside of class time. New Ways of Working or Activity Based Working are two workplace theories that could be implemented for teacher workspaces.