The Hearth has conceptualised a process, School Design Thinking, that enables the creation of leading learning communities for the future, where the schools are dynamic, adaptive, self-organising systems, not only capable but inherently designed to renew themselves and to grow and change.
The Hearth develops a detailed Education Design for the school that serves as a guiding document for the education philosophy, operational methodology and overall concept strategy that the founders of the school are seeking. The Education Design keeps the local and international market requirements and regulatory obligations in perspective and ensures that the operations of the school are in keeping with the guiding principles with which the institution was established.
School buildings do not exist in a vacuum. The way that teachers are developed professionally, the school curriculum, assessment and testing systems, parental engagement, expectations and entitlements all intermesh with the design of schools. The Hearth provides detailed guidelines and conceptual ideas in the Infrastructure Design that guides architects, planners and the founding team in preparing institutional designs. This ensures that the concepts of the Education Design, local market requirements and regulatory obligations are kept in perspective.
The Hearth’s experience has shown that the most effective institutions are those where the Infrastructure Design draws upon and leads from the Education Design.
Designers who have worked with The Hearth have remarked on the enhanced effectiveness of their designs, when the architectural designs have been aligned with the philosophy as well as the operational requirements of a school.