Science on your Doorstep – Designing a Treehouse Classroom

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Thursday, 21st March 2019
7.30PM - 8.30PM
Suitable for ages 14+
Free, by donation
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In 2018, first year architecture students at Oxford Brookes University (OBU) took on a unique real-life design challenge (rather than tackling a fictional brief): to design a treehouse classroom for children; one that might sit in the woodland of the new Science Oxford Centre at Stansfeld Park in Headington in the future.

Hear from the students as they explain the science underpinning the architectural processes of design, material choice and construction. Architects and educators Jane Anderson and Ralph Saull will discuss the value of such ‘live’ projects in design education and the benefits to the local community they engaged with.

Professor Jane Anderson leads the Undergraduate Programmes at the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University. Jane’s teaching, practice and research are focused on live projects – real projects designed and made by students in collaboration with local communities. Recent collaborations include projects with the John Radcliffe Hospital and the National Trust. She co-founded the Live Projects Network, an online resource to connect academics, students, researchers and community partners. It features over 230 case study projects from over 70 countries.

In 2017, Jane chaired the Association of Architectural Educators’ Oxford conference, “Architecture Connects”. Her published work includes a definition and a taxonomy of live projects as well as studies of the pedagogical and research potential of live projects. Jane’s research work can be found here:

Ralph Saull is an Architect & educator, based in Oxfordshire. He is an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Splitting his time between teaching and practice, Ralph is an Architect at a multidisciplinary studio combining Architects, Urban Designers and Town Planners. His project experience ranges from large scale masterplans, to one-off dwellings, and now… treehouses!

Join us for the next event in our Science on Your Doorstep series, where we shine a spotlight on fascinating people living and working in Headington. The event is free to attend, but you are invited to make a donation towards a special fund we’re setting up to support disadvantaged schools across the region. The fund will help these schools with their travel costs, to enable them to come and enjoy the new Science Oxford Centre.


Chakrabarti Lecture Theatre, Oxford Brookes University Headington Campus
2nd Floor of John Henry Brookes Building, Gypsy Lane, Headington, Oxford, OX3 0BP

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