Education has been a major theme throughout G&J’s careers to date. We have worked in the Primary School and University sectors in particular, for over 25 years.
From 2007 to 2013 G&J internally worked on an innovatory Concept that considered siting Primary Schools in their entirety, and so full time, on museum sites.
In 2013 the Cultural Institute at King’s College London responded to G&J’s proposal to develop a live action research project to further investigate. The project was subsequently collaboratively designed to test the hypothesis that there may be beneficial learning, social and cultural outcomes for primary school children and their families when they receive full time education in a museum setting, as well as benefits for museums.
As a result in 2016 G&J have been involved in coordinating and realising 4 pilot studies delivered through the support of the Cultural Institute.
- Hadrian Primary School and Arbeia Roman Fort Museum, South Shields
- Kensington Children’s Centre and Tate liverpool
- St Thomas Community Primary School and the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
Advisors for the Department of Education & Professional Studies (DEPS) King’s College, London were constantly involved, and assessment is ongoing by Heritage Insider, Bath.
G&J continue to work on the development of this cutting edge educational project.
At Durham University G&J have been working since 2013 as Executive Architects for Studio Daniel Libeskind, NYC, USA, to support the delivery of The Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics, scheduled for completion in the autumn of 2016.
This work includes
- User Group workshops to confirm and develop the Brief and Fit-Out requirements
- Design Management in support of securing Planning Permission and Building Control Approval
- Neighbourhood Advocacy work
- Specification Writing
- Site Supervision