Wayne Head Higher Ed cv

  • Higher Education Campus Planning

I have immersed myself in education practices, student life and learning environments for two decades. My work in the university sector has received high acclaim in the education world, the architectural profession and, most importantly, from users themselves. Learning landscapes are changing, and my vocation is to understand the drivers of change, and anticipate it in designs that are elegant, meaningful and high performing.

An award-winning architect, I bring experience managing complex projects of varying scales, from feasibility and masterplan stages on. Also, I am a CABE Design Council Built Environment Expert, RIBA Client Advisor and have worked on the National Panel for the Civic Trust Awards, the Hackney Design Panel and Design South & East review panel.

“Wayne's work is inspirational and engaging and he works tirelessly to meet and enhance client requirements. Visionary.” – Dick Palmer, Group Chief Executive Officer at TEN Group (Transforming Higher/Further Education in Norfolk).

Higher Education Projects

Creative Arts Hub, Norwich. I led the team responsible for the College’s masterplan, brief taking and building projects, including the multi award-winning Creative Arts Hub which serves as a centre-piece of the developing masterplan. The Creative Arts Hub creates high-quality flexible lecture, seminar and exhibition/performance spaces, including an innovative Harvard style lecture space.

International HE project involvement include Suzhou Liverpool University South Campus business school and masterplan for the Indian Institute of Technology Campus on the forested hills of the Himalaya in Mandi, India.

For the British Council Education team, I worked to develop the ‘Global Schools Template’ to enable ten schools to be built in cities around the world, starting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this year and to include Santiago, Tehran, Ho Chi Minh next year.

Other notable projects include:

Project Director, feasibility study for University College London’s Gordon Street Student Centre which typifies Wayne’s user-centred approach and demonstrates how a design scheme can foster collaborative interactions amongst faculty members, researchers and students form different disciplines.

Design involvement in development of the University of Cambridge Physics of Medicine teaching and research building (£12.8M) expressly defined as a place where disciplines would exchange through research, teaching and informal conversation.

Consistently my work transforms buildings of special historic or local interest into 21st century learning environments that delight students, faculty and the wider community.