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Designer of ideas & thoughts

I am an enthusiastic designer, interior architect and a workplace consultant who spends time working as a freelancer and studying at Aalto University. I am focusing on a collaborative, strategic co-design and workplace development. I am passionate about problem-solving through design thinking.

E: info@juliannanevari.fi
P: +358 (0) 40 526 0198

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My background

2013 Bachelor of Culture and Arts (Lahti Institute of Design and Fine Arts)

2013-2017 Workplace Consultant and Interior Architect (KVA Architects Ltd).

2015 Workplace Manager -course (Kiinko)

2017-2019 Master´s programme Collaborative and Industrial design (Aalto University)

Lectures,seminars & workshops / Luennot, seminaarit & työpajat

9.8.2017 Lappeenrannan kesäyliopisto"Koulun toimintakulttuuri muutoksessa" Puheenvuoro "Työkaluja oppimisympäristömuutokseen"

11.5.2017 Nova Schola Finlandia "Teemaseminaari: Motivoitunut oppilas ja oppiminen"

4.5.2017 Opetushallitus "Oppimaisemafestivaali 2017" Puheenvuoro ”Koulusta oppimisen ympäristöksi” yhdessä KT, rehtori Marko Kuuskorven kanssa

17.1.2017 Lappeenrannan kesäyliopisto "Tulevaisuuden oppimisympäristöt" Puheenvuoro "Koulusta oppimisympäristömuutokseen"

12.10.2016 Professio"Tulevaisuuden perusopetus 2016" Puheenvuoro ”Koulusta oppimisen ympäristöksi” yhdessä KT, rehtori Marko Kuuskorven kanssa

1.3.2014 Hifistudion asiakasilta"Sisusta äänellä" puheenvuoro "Tila ja ääni".

28.11.2013 Opetusvirasto, Henkilöstöpäivät “Tulevaisuuden oppimis- ja työympäristöt” Puheenvuoro ”Case: Avautuva oppimistila – Oivaltamo”

15.11.2013 Lahden Ammattikorkeakoulu, Muotoilu- ja taideinstituutti Taustoitus ja tietoperusta -kurssi Luento ”Uusi koulu - uusi oppimisympäristö”.

2014-2017 Lukuisia käyttäjiä osallistavia työ- ja oppimisympäristöjen kehittämiseen liittyviä seminaareja ja työpajoja.

Kysy lisää luennoista, seminaareista, valmennuksista tai työpajoista ottamalla yhteyttä info@juliannanevari.fi tai soita 0405260198.

/ Contact me to ask more about lectures, seminars, coaching or workshops by e-mail info@juliannanevari.fi or by phone 0405260198

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My work

I do design in it´s many forms. The main design areas I work with: Strategic Co-Design, Workplace & Learning environment design, Interior design, Service design & Visual Communication.

My passion is in the development of the learning environments. I have done my final work in this subject (take a look) for my studies in Lahti Institute of Design.

Pedagogically sound, ambitious innovations


Have you heard of HundrED? It is a non-profit global company with a mission to help all young people to flourish by seeking and sharing inspiring innovations in K12 education. Every year they select 100 innovations through 3 criteria: values, innovations, and trust. Their goal is that by 2020 the world of education will be full of innovations that travel across the borders, from continent to continent.

In my opinion, this concept if innovation spreading is amazing. In the projects that I have been part of the problem seems to be always the same: where to find ideas on new ways of teaching, learning and doing work. Thus, all these kind of platforms to share ideas are a great source of inspiration. I certainly, will use these as a tool to inspire teachers in my projects.

This year was the first release of 100 innovations and it was on 4th of March in Helsinki, Finland. While listening to the presentation on these innovations I made notes of the most interesting ones. Now, I want no share some of my notes with you. All the innovations are described in detail in the HundrED webpage, in case, you want to know more about them. I will also make a direct link to the webpage from the headline to make the search even easier for you. Here we go:

Ideas that aims towards co-teaching:

Slimfit, Netherlands

  • Slimfit is a model for school development focusing on collaborative teaching. Every learner is partnered with a mentor who becomes responsible for their learning progress throughout the school. Children begin and end the day in their mentor groups to discuss and evaluate learning opportunities that day. Every 6 weeks coaching sessions are held to fine-tune the goals of the individual, monitor their learning and ensure their wellbeing. In Slimfit, the traditional classrooms are replaced with a new model that seeks to organize learners, utilize employees and use the school building in the most effective way possible to lead to a better and more exciting education at no extra cost.

Comprehensive co-teaching, Vantaa

  • Comprehensive co-teaching is a model in which two classes are taught together by two teachers. In this model, teachers brainstorm, plan, and carry out instruction together. It helps the teachers take advantage of their strengths and put student strengths into the spotlight. Peer support, trust, and shared teacherhood are crucial so that both teachers’ strengths and skillsets are used to their full potential. Through collaboration, ideas turn into good lessons and the responsibility for educating children, evaluating them, lesson planning and teaching lessons can be shared. Co-teaching at its best can promote the growth of students and student co-operation. Teacher, Kaisa Koponen says that “Co-teaching highlights the strengths of both teachers and students, and causes stress levels to plummet.”
Ideas that aims towards personalized learning:

Education cities, Israel

  • Education Cities believe that schools have a lot to learn from their cities, and cities have a lot to learn from their schools. The driving force behind the initiative is to develop the art of collaboration – in the classroom, at school, in the city, in the country, and around the world. The innovation is based on an idea of the Democratic School which sees the normal school as a box. In this box, students are evaluated between themselves making some students weak even though in real life they are all excellent in something. Thus, the idea is to open up the box-thinking in schools and make students the best versions of themselves without judging.

Liger Leadership academy, Cambodia

  • “Imagine you’re 13 and writing a book about the economy of your country, it gets printed and then thousands of people are reading it. The work is very real, compelling and motivating – everything we do here is for real.” – Jeffrey Holte, Director of Education, Liger Leadership Academy

Blueprints, California, USA

  • The MUSE School in California is challenging traditional assessment methods. The school uses the term inner sustainability which means that students have one-by-one discussion every year to talk about their passions in life. This discussion is documented as an action plan for the student to explore their passions while developing socially, emotionally and academically. The co-founder of MUSE school, Jeff King says, that teachers use student Blueprints as a guide and motivational tool for learning. Blueprints focus on not only academics but also on goal-setting, self-reflection, passion-based learning, self-efficacy, communication, and sustainability.

Big picture learning, USA

  • The Co-founder of Big Picture Learning, Elliot Washor says, that Big picture learning makes personalized education more manageable by breaking the students up into small groups of fifteen students, called an advisory. Each advisory is supported and leads by an advisor, a teacher that works closely with the group of students. They stay in the same advisory for four years and each student works closely with his or her advisor to personalize their learning. Internships are a crucial part of the method. The advisors arrange opportunities best suited to students, providing real-world learning alongside creating career plans.
Ideas on social innovations:

Student agents, Vantaa

  • In a nutshell, this idea is about students teaching teachers and other students. This innovation aims to support not only the work of teachers but also the development of students’ own skills. With this model, the technological skills of the school community develop, and students who are interested in technology will also be able to make full use of their skills.

A solution-focused mindset in a city, Lappeenranta

  • Lappeenranta municipality has made a strategic choice to train everyone towards a positive and solution-focused approach. In the Lappeenranta model, the education provider provides solution-focused training for staff and supervisors. The head of the Educational Department in the City of Lappeenranta, Mari Routti says, that both students and school staff face numerous small and more challenging problems in learning, social interactions, or teamwork, for example. The approach is strongly linked to interactive dialogue. It focuses on listening and understanding the parties involved on an equal footing while proceeding constructively in a respectful atmosphere. The central view of the approach is that the words we use matter and constantly shape reality.

Above I have listed the ideas that are, in my opinion, groundbreaking. I left out the ideas concerning tools for development as I want to make a new post only on those. Stay tuned and take a look at the HundrED webpage. If you are interested in developing learning, teaching, working, leadership or learning environments, it is definitely worthy of your time.




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The importance of a side project


The fall has gone quickly with my new life as a student and freelancer. I love the freedom that I have. The school even supports my own passions and gives opportunities to do what I love. This year I have a course called a personal project. This is an one-year long project that gives me a possibility to do anything I want. Kind of a side project alongside my work and studies. In this course, I have a tutor who really believes in the personal project/side project idea. He referred to an article where Spotify´s design lead, Tobias van Schneider, tells why side project is so important for an organization and for your own career (read the article in here).

In this article, Schneider says that side project should be simple, something you love to do and something that just comes naturally for you. Big companies like Google and Apple have built the side project on a regular basis. Smaller companies have started to use hack weeks and hack days that are like bayed holidays with an inspiring program. The importance of these projects are quite hard to measure but even so, very important for the innovation culture and creativity in offices.

After reading this article, I started to think my last three-year long side project (read more about it here). This project was way too long and time-consuming, but it made me the specialist in the field of a learning environment development that I am today. There were many obstacles and many times I thought that maybe this is it. However, the love and passion for the future vision of a school got me going. Thus, I really can relate to the importance of a side project. The question now is what to do next.

In the article, Schneider underlines the importance of craziness and stupidity in the side project. The focus should be on what you love and not to take it too seriously. The project doesn’t have to lead to something. It can become something great or not. I have some ideas that I would love to do but I am not sure if they are crazy enough like Schneider says. I always eager to find new ways to inspire people and find their creativity. At the moment, I am especially interested in toolmaking for non-designers. Maybe I could focus on that…

All in all, this is a reminder of how important the side projects are for everyone. Is there something you have been thinking to do for a long time?


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Aalto, Here I come!


This spring has been an inspiring one. I have been dreaming of my future and all the great things I could do if I would get in to the Aalto University. Couple of weeks ago it became true as I got a place in the Master´s programme in Collaborative and Industrial Design. Someone might ask, how does that support my career as an interior architect?

As an interior architect, I am interested in the spaces we learn and work in. As a designer and a workplace consultant, I am interested in the ways we actually learn and do work. Moreover, I am interested in the holistic picture of the transformation. In Aalto University I will study for example concept and service design, strategic and co-design as well as design research. Hence, I believe that this programme can create a more holistic overview on this subject.

Let´s see what will happen. Stay tuned!


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Key words this year: Experimentation & Innovation


Experimentation is the key for creating innovations. There is definitely a need for transparent, bold and inexpensive culture of experimentation. Especially in our planning culture.

The Finnish National Agency for Education is trying to answer to this demand. They will open an experiment, development and innovation center this month which will support the cultural development in the Finnish schools. It will gather the right people together and share the best outcomes forward. I personally, can´t wait to hear updates from the new team of developers.

In general the agency is trying to find new ways to talk about learning and its environment. For example, this spring they will hold a new, innovative seminar in Helsinki about learning environment. It´s called “Oppimaisemafestivaali 2017”.  This seminar is interesting as it won´t be only presentations after the other but dialouque between experts in this field. Among other learning environment developers and experts, I am asked to be part of this interesting festival.

Read more about the festival in here (Note: only in Finnish).

Read more about the Innovation Center in here (Note: only in Finnish).


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Seminar coming up


Join me to the seminar on 17th of January in Lappeenranta. The topic is “The future of the learning environment”.

My presentation is based on a on-going book project with Marko Kuuskorpi. In a nutshell, we have created a vision of the future “classroom”. In this seminar I will show how we did it and how anyone can develop their own vision. The title of my speech is Tools to create the change needed in the learning environment.

This topic seems to be very “hot” right now so if you are interested on this, come to listen me and the other experts to this seminar. The program can be found in here (in Finnish).


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Workplace consultancy (a design perspective)


Three years ago, I started working in KVA Architects Ltd in Helsinki as an interior designer. This is the field of expertise that I had studied in Lahti institute of design. However, soon after starting in KVA I found myself working in different workplace projects and even participated in a workplace manager course. I work with architects and designers. Our head of team in the KVA is Ritva Kokkola. She is playing a huge role in mentoring me in this fascinating field of workplace consultancy.

In my opinion, as a designer I can understand the processes of a workplace design project quite well as it doesn’t differ so much from a normal design process. I love to engage users and participants in order to be able to create spaces that serve its users the best possible way. I am blessed to be able to work in projects within schools, laboratories and offices. My biggest passion is in the learning environment development which I have been researching during my studies and also in an ongoing book project.

But what do I actually do from day to day? Let me give a peek to one of my workday’s:

8.30: I started the day in our office where I attended a morning brunch with clients. My role was to speak about the workplace and learning environment developments in schools. As I enjoy lecturing a lot, this was a real energy boost for my day.

10.00: I sat down to our working café, answered some e-mails and had a bite to eat before my next meeting.

11.00: I had a meeting with one of our school-clients. On the agenda, we had the planning of a workshop to the personnel and a discussion on the pedagogical vision of the school.  My role was to present the project situation, agenda for the workshop and visualize their ideas from the last meeting to create discussion. I had made three scenarios of the learning space which will be a starting point to our workshop. We have these so called work meetings every two weeks to involve the user to the process and its development.

12.30 I headed to my home-office, continued planning the workshop for next week and answered some e-mails.

15.30 Before the end of the day, I wrote down a to do-list and three main goals to organize my next week.

Like one can see, my workdays can be full of meetings and co-designing with users and clients. Mostly, my role is to organize and create project schedules, frames for workshops, meetings and seminars. I do a lot of visualization of ideas to create discussion which can mean diagrams, 3D models or summaries. Normally, in these kind of development projects, the end-document is a concept and in some cases also room programme. The best part of my work is definitely the overall participatory design process. This means that I am in contact with the users and we create visions of the future together.


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Greetings from the seminar


Like I wrote in the last article, I participated to “Tulevaisuuden perusopetus 2016” seminar in Finlandia-house this month (read more about it in here). What did I learn in this seminar? Where is the general school heading to?

Here are some points I want to higlight and share with you:

  • It´s all about leading and the cultural change in schools > Capacity for renewal is vital
  • The development of learning environment should start from the pedagogical vision (=clear vision of how are we teaching in this school)
  • The use of analytics in schools and during learning processes is an interesting idea. Start up like “Claned” uses the information from learning for example to suggest better and more efficient ways to learn. Analytics can make the information visible and help decision making for example during development processes
  • What possibilities does the digitalisation give to the future school? This question creates always a big discussion. I would say that, the key is in the pedagogical development and how to support learning with digital solutions. There is a need for one simple platform for all of the digital solutions out there in order to use them efficiently. In the end, its a question about how the teachers can use these different solutions. The coaching of teachers is very important part of digitalisation.
  • The vision of physical learning environment is result from the pedagogical vision. Or that is how its should be. At the moment there are many open plan environments, but its not all that there is. In my opinion, one space can not do it all. So there should be different kind of environments for different kind of learning situations.

To sum up, we need stronger vision of the future skills and pedagogy that supports them to create innovative spaces for learning. The development starts from the head of school and from there it can spread the will to change around the whole community. In the end, there is a community that shares ideas and develop themselves effortlessly. Not an easy or a quick job, but possible.


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Creating vision of the future classroom and more…


I have been quite busy the last year and this is why:

I am working together with principal, Marko Kuuskorpi and we have been creating our vision of the future classroom. This project of ours will be ready somewhere next fall/winter (I will tell more about it then ;)).

If you want to have a sneakpeak of our vision, you should come to the seminar “Tulevaisuuden perusopetus 2016” in Finlandia house on 11th to 12th of October. The seminar will showcase different perspectives for example on these questions: How the new Finnish Curriculum reform will change the everyday life in the schools of Finland? How the new learning methods are changing the general education in Finland? How can change be realised in school cultures?

So, come to Finlandia house on October to listen our perspective and vision. We will concentrate on the learnig environment and different aspects of it. Our focus is in the learning spaces because the classrooms needs updating and because we believe the space can create bigger cultural change in a more effective way.

Read about the speakers and the programme in here (Note: the seminar will be held in finnish).


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A Finnish school in year 2016


This week I visited the brand new Valteri School of Onerva in Jyväskylä. The school was opened on January 2016 and it is a great example of the schools today. The staircase makes the heart of the school together with a restaurant, library, cafe and waiting area. From there you can go to the learning areas for the different teams. In these areas “the classrooms” open up to an open learning environment where the silent rooms are situated. The learning space concept is based on my final work in the Lahti Institute of design (read more about it in here).

The project development was done by KVA Architects Ltd and the architectural design and planning was done by the architect office of Aarne von Boehm Ltd.


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Personal development


I am always eager to learn more and grow in all aspects of life; I practice as I preach :). That’s why I attended this seminar called “Unleash the Power Within” by Tony Robbins last weekend in London. From this seminar I got tools to be just a little bit stronger, resourceful and more powerful. The best part was that I got time to focus on myself.


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