Flexible Schools? A Review of School Design in Scotland


  • Nik Farhanah Nik Azhari School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Fiona McLachlan School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom




Flexible is a common term used in the built environment, especially relating to current and future design. However, individuals will define the term in different ways in relation to their context. In school design, there are various interpretations and applications of ‘flexible’ terminology. The objective of this paper is to scrutinize the term flexible by reviewing its application primarily in Scottish Government publications relating to school design. This paper aims to generate constructive reflection for those involved in school design, directly and indirectly, so they can respond effectively to the question: What does ‘flexible’ mean in a school design context? 


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How to Cite

Nik Azhari, N. F., & McLachlan, F. (2016). Flexible Schools? A Review of School Design in Scotland. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 1(4), 56-61. https://doi.org/10.21834/e-bpj.v1i4.386