Thursday 22nd June 2006
4x4 making places Nottingham
Making Places Special
Making Places for Education

Before long most of our children will be educated in new school buildings that are being designed and built now. Will these schools be good places for learning? Will they provide a long term sustainable resource? Will this be a golden age of school building?

4x4 making places ltd have been invited by Regeneration East Midlands and the regional RIBA to create a special Architecture Week event to debate places for education.

4x4 has been running in Yorkshire for 6 years creating a unique ideas and debating space. 4x4 attracts up to 350 people per week for a 4 week series with 4 speakers and a debate each week. Audiences and speakers include members of the public, professionals, developers, clients, students, academics politicians and administrators.

4x4 runs from 6pm to 8pm but continues afterwards in a social setting.

This is an event open to all. If you’re interested in making good places and particularly in places for learning this is an opportunity to listen to engaged experts and to get involved in the debate.


Stephen Feber, Cultural Regeneration Consultant, Founder of Magna


Karen E. Mort, Hipperholme & Lightcliffe High School
Craig White, White Design
Mukund Patel, DFES Schools Capital, Head of Design and Assets
Justin Lunn, Head of Design Atkins (Leeds)


Djanogly Lecture Theatre
Nottingham Trent University
Goldsmith Street (Shakespeare Street Entrance)


5pm: Doors open, refreshments available
6pm: Introduction of speakers
6.10pm: Presentations
7.15pm: Debate
8pm: Close


If you wish to attend this free event booking is required as capacity is limited. Places can be reserved through Regeneration East Midlands website  alternatively, please call Tel: 0870 2404459
or email:


Speakers will include:

Mukund Patel, Head of Buildings and Design Unit- DfES
Mukund is responsible for advising ministers and officials of the DfES on all aspects of school buildings including Schools Premises Regulations, development of Asset Management Plans and analysis of the cost of school buildings.  Mukund is currently the Chairman of OECD’S Programme for Education Buildings, and President of the Society of Chief Architects in Local Authorities.

Justin Lunn, Head of Design, Atkins (Leeds)
Justin is the head of design within the Leeds architecture team. He has been principal designer and team leader on a wide range of projects for over 10 years, including residential, commercial, industrial, education, leisure and mixed use masterplanning schemes, with construction values in excess of £120 million.

Karen E. Mort, Hipperholme & Lightcliffe High School
Karen has been the head teacher of Hipperholme & Lightcliffe High School for the past five years.
Karen has led the school through a Capital Build Project of £3.5 million which created twelve new classrooms, dedicated ICT facilities, music, a dance and drama studio, health and fitness suite and sixth form Bistro.  The £4 million phase 2 project combines funding streams including Target Capital Funding and funding from the Football Foundation.

Craig White, White Design
Craig founded White design in 1998 with fellow director Linda Farrow. The practice continues to develop expertise in the design of low energy buildings. Among their projects is the award winning Kingsmead Primary School, an exemplar of sustainable design and construction.
Craig is a design advice consultant to the Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, advising on energy and environmental issues in construction, a member of BSRIA’s expert panel on The Impact of Climate Change on the Construction Industry and consultant to the Steel Construction Institute.

This event is brought to you by Regeneration East Midlands with Opun and funded by the Academy for Sustainable Communities.
4x4 making places special is an event curated by 4x4 making places ltd, a not for profit company to “promote, publicise, and debate the arts, skills, sciences and understanding of making places”. To find out more visit

Invaluable contributors to this event have been:

Nottingham Trent University, Opun, Regeneration East Midlands, ASC, 4x4 Making Places Ltd, AW06, RIBA East Midlands