Designing for Transformative Change: Strategies for Leading Intentional and Successful Change to the Learning Environment

09:00 - 15:30

April 26 - 27, 2019

Exact Venue To be Confirmed

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Register by

February 28, 2019

Baht 23,500 per participant


Baht 52,500 per group of up to 3 participants


School Leaders and faculty are often in search of reliable processes for delivering transformative and successful change to the learning environment - whether a full master plan for the campus, or a small scale renovation.  


This workshop will share lessons learned by an architect from working with schools around the world on leading for transformative change, and defining and managing the design process for new learning environments. Participants will have the opportunity to not only discover lessons learned but apply them to a “problem of practice”or real life design problem that they bring to the workshop.

Who should attend

International School Leaders and Faculty contemplating changes to the learning environment.  If possible select 2-3 faculty to join you at the conference who may be involved in the change.  

Skills you will gain

  • Developing a roadmap for preparing faculty for new spaces

  • Managing and Engaging the Design Process with Architects

  • Insights on key areas to focus on in the design of contemporary Flexible Learning Environments


Day 1

Session 1: Presentation with Q & A

Session 2: Workshop:  Defining the Problem of Practice

Session 3: Planning for Leading Change in the Problem of Practice

Day 2

Session 1:  Presentation of Contemporary Flexible Learning Environments with Q & A

Session 2: Engaging the Problem of Practice with Faculty Teams

Session 3:  Gallery Walk and Next Steps

What to bring

Please bring a description of change to the learning environment that your school is contemplating that will directly affect what teaching and learning looks like in the core curriculum. This will serve as your “Problem of Practice” in the workshop sessions. If your school has a strategic plan, please bring that as well, as we will make reference to the strategic priorities in the strategic plan.

Course Leader

Isaac Williams is a Partner and Design Principal with Fielding Nair International, a global architecture practice focused on the design learning environments, and is currently stationed in Singapore.


Isaac is passionate about the ways in which architecture and design can set the stage for learners to thrive and has led the design of schools in 11 countries on 4 continents. His design work has won numerous awards, most notably, the 2015 Association for Learning Environments MacConnell Award, for the design of Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher STEAM Middle School, in Greenville, SC.


Isaac has taught architecture at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and has developed study abroad programs in the US, Dubai, Italy, and Scandinavia. His scholarship on school design has been published in both academic and trade publications, and he has lectured on school design throughout the US and internationally.