University Design Forum Annual Conference 2024

Sector-focused conferences like the University Design Forum (UDF) are invaluable for bringing together clients, consultants, and designers to share knowledge and insights.

This year’s UDF, held last week in Glasgow, was no exception. Plan A Design Managers Simon England and Jonathan Leah attended, finding the sessions both valuable and enlightening. As with all conferences, the social aspect was equally important, providing opportunities for informal discussions about session learnings and current industry challenges.

The theme for this year’s forum was ‘data-driven design’, focusing on how evidence, surveys, changes in behaviours, and ongoing feedback loops are shaping the design and operation of university campuses and learning environments. Attendees were also treated to an in-depth introduction to the University of Glasgow’s new Western Campus, including tours of four buildings led by their respective architects.

A big thank you to the UDF, sponsors, and the University of Glasgow for their hospitality, set against the stunning backdrop of the 19th-century Bute Hall designed by George Gilbert Scott.

We look forward to continuing the conversation on data-driven design in the higher education sector and how it impacts Plan A’s work in managing the design delivery process.