Working With International Thought Leaders

the-learning-crowd is fortunate to have worked with some of the leading education thought leaders from across the world.  This gives us access to the most cutting edge international projects and a leading role in the related global educational debate, ensuring that the-learning-crowd associates remain at the leading edge of the innovation agenda, whilst at the same time ensuring projects remain ‘real’ without loss of quality or aspiration.

Thought leaders we work with include:

Trung LeTrung Le

Trung Le is a pioneer of Cannon Design’s education practice and has an incessant energy and passion for learning. Le is widely recognised as an advocate of incorporating multiple intelligences and learning styles in the design of education environments.

As the lead designer for Cannon Design’s education group, he creates spaces that encourage student inquiry and imagination and offer students a sense of what it means to be a part of a global community. Le's work has yielded awards from the Chicago, Illinois and national chapters of the American Institute of Architects during his 20 years at Cannon Design. His projects have been published in such periodicals as Architectural Record, Contract Design and Edutopia.

Le is a frequent speaker at national and international education and design conferences, such as Big Ideas Fest, TEDx Reset Istanbul, CUSP, A Better World by Design and the AIA National Convention. His recent collaboration with Bruce Mau resulted in the publication, The Third Teacher, a cabinet of wonders on how design can transform the ecology of learning.

Le also leads The Third Teacher Plus, an education design consultancy within the ideas-based practice of Cannon Design that helps learning communities better serve 21st century learners. With an eye on the future of learning, the multidisciplinary team collaborates with these communities to formulate systemic strategies for pedagogical, curricular, and environmental change.

stephen heppellProfessor Stephen Heppell

Stephen is CEO of, 
Professor. Chair in New Media Environments, Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, Bournemouth University, as well as
Emeritus Professor at the Anglia Ruskin University, visiting Professor at the Universidad Camilo José Cela, Madrid and Executive chairman ofLearning Possibilities+

Stephen's "eyes on the horizon, feet on the ground" approach, coupled with a vast portfolio of effective large scale projects over three decades, have established him internationally as a widely and fondly recognised leader in the fields of learning, new media and technology.

Stephen has, and continues to, work with governments around the world, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, schools and communities, PhD students and many influential trusts and organisations.

Press and media comments:

"one the world's foremost experts on contemporary learning", Queensland Courier 2011

"Europe's leading online education expert" Microsoft 2006

"Stephen has a vast portfolio of successful, large scale, learning projects behind him". JISC 2006

"In a career that spans academic research, teaching, policy development, public and private sector collaboration, development of educational applications, politics, radical thinking and leftfield innovation, it is hardly surprising that the recipient of this evening's award is often referred to as the "funkiest on-line guru on the scene". Royal Television Society 2006

"the most influential academic of recent years in the field of technology and education" Department for Education and Skills (DfES), UK, 2006

ollie bray

Ollie Bray

Senior Policy Advisor and Consultant for Scottish Government Technologies for Learning Strategy, Scottish Government

Ollie is a qualified head teacher currently seconded to work as National Advisor for Emerging Technologies in Learning at Education Scotland - the government-funded agency in Scotland responsible for curriculum design, innovation, CPD and evaluation. He works within the International Research and Innovation Directorate as part of the emerging technologies team. Other projects in this directorate include GLOW (the national intranet), sustainable education and global citizenship. Ollie is passionate about the role of ICT and outdoor learning to enhance learning and teaching. This commitment has resulted in a wide variety of exciting projects and consultancy work throughout the UK and further afield.

prakash nairPrakash Nair

Prakash Nair, REFP, President, Fielding Nair International, LLC

Prakash Nair is the President and Founding Partner of Fielding Nair International. He is a futurist, a visionary planner, architect and one of the world’s leading change agents in school design. He is also the Managing Editor of which attracts over two million visitors each year. He is the recipient of several international awards including the prestigious CEFPI MacConnell Award, the top honour worldwide for school design.

Prakash has written extensively in leading international journals about school design and educational technology and their connection to established educational research. He is also the author of two guidebooks on school planning including the landmark publication, The Language of School Design, which he co-authored with Randall Fielding.

Prior to co-founding Fielding Nair International (FNI), Prakash worked for 10 years as Director of Operations for a multi-billion dollar school construction programme for New York City.

FNI has serviced projects in 40 countries on five continents. Prakash has served as the Managing Principal, School Planning and Design Consultant, Presenter and/or Keynote Speaker for clients in Australia (five states), Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Oman, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, The Netherlands, UAE, UK, Ukraine, Venezuela, and the United States.

frank lockerFrank Locker

Frank is a leading educational facilities planner based in the USA. Gareth and Frank have worked together on a number of projects in the USA and UK.

Most recently, associates of the-learning-crowd have been involved in the annual working dinners on "Virtual Learning' during the cefpi world conferences in Washington, San Diego and San Antonio, as well as working on new school bids in the UK.



We also work extensively with

Rick Dewar

We have worked extensively with Rick Dewar, the national practice leader for PreK-12 education at Wight and Co Architects. Rick is responsible for continuing to grow the firm’s practice across the United States.

Prior to joining Wight & Company, Rick was a principal and member of the Board of Directors for the Design/Build business with OWP/P (now Cannon Design). During his 27-year tenure at OWP/P, Rick led the firm’s K-12 group, and his most recent focus was on growing the firm’s national K-12 practice. 

Rick is a recognized industry veteran with a stellar reputation on the national K-12 stage and was a member of the team at OWP/P that developed The Third Teacher—a book and website well known in the educational planning community—that explores the idea that children develop through interactions and examines how school buildings impact learning.

During the course of his career, Rick has been actively involved in the Illinois Association of School Business Officials and several national organizations, including CEFPI (Council of Educational Facility Planners International).