Design Specialist - Play and Health
Would you like to be part of our team in the LEGO Foundation to apply the latest research on children’s play, learning and well-being to the future Children’s Hospital Copenhagen (BørneRiget)? This position offers the opportunity to develop the best environments and experiences for children recovering from illness, including the support of their families and hospital staff.
In collaboration with Ole Kirk’s Foundation, the LEGO Foundation is supporting a new Children’s Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Children’s Hospital will be a world-class hospital for children and families, which will aim at integrating the latest research on play and learning into the architecture and facilities.
The LEGO Foundation shares a mission with the LEGO Group: to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow. We are a Danish corporate foundation with a core team of dedicated employees with one shared passion: to make children’s lives better – and communities stronger – by making sure the fundamental value of play is understood, embraced and acted upon. We are dedicated to building a future where learning through play empowers children to become creative, engaged, lifelong learners.
The Centre for Creativity, Play and Learning is an entity within the LEGO Foundation, reflecting the Foundation’s commitment to be a leading authority on the role of play for children’s development, creativity and lifelong learning. The Centre has an international network of research partners and institutions to develop and implement research on creativity, play and learning, and support the international programmes of the LEGO Foundation to provide impact on children’s learning through play.
An exciting and challenging job
The Design Specialist will join the Centre for Creativity, Play and Learning, and on a daily basis be member of the Research Application Team, consisting of 6 senior specialists with unique competences working with the broad specter of Learning through Play Applications.
The Design Specialist will be a key asset of the LEGO Foundation in relation to BørneRiget. The Design Specialist will work closely with the LEGO Foundation’s Head of Research and the Chief Project Manager from Ole Kirk’s Foundation who is heading and facilitating the collaboration with the Project Organization at the Children’s Hospital.
The Design specialist will, as a member of the Research Application Team, also be involved in projects and tasks within the current portfolio of the LEGO Foundation, where the candidates expertise and competence plays at its strength, like insights related to learning environments, that supports children’s health and well-being based on play experiences and adult facilitation.
The Children’s Hospital Project Team is currently holding an architectural competition with the winner being announced in August 2017. The detailed design development will be completed by the end of 2018 and the hospital will open fully functioning in 2024.
Key tasks and activities
To ensure that the Children’s Hospital can offer the best environments and experiences for children, young people and families, it aims at integrating play into the architecture, the training of the staff and possibly lead to new ways of treating illnesses and recovery through play.
The Design Specialist is expected to be able to:
- Help define the play perspective among users to identify solutions that integrate play for the benefit of children and families.
- Apply a mind-set that aligns with the view of children to always keep children and young people in mind as the main users of the building.
- Engage with stakeholders to communicate insights and establish a shared understanding of the importance of play.
- Work with researchers to develop insights on the role of play in the building environment and develop new thoughts to translate insights into meaningful concepts.
- Identify research and best practices that can inspire to integrate play into the building environment.
- Take lead on development of relevant communication/presentation materials as well as toolbox development.
- Run workshops and training sessions to educate, discuss and negotiate the role of play in the building environment and facilities.
Qualifications, experience and personality
- Designer, anthropologist, psychologist, health professional, architect or urban designer with particular expertise in applying research on children’s play, development and learning to the context of children’s health and well-being.
- Expertise in developing physical environments that integrate play.
- Conceptual understanding through principles, concepts or models.
- Excellent collaboration and negotiation skills among a wide variety of professions.
- Strong oral and written Danish and English communication and presentation skills.
- Resilient and an innovative mind-set.
- Facilitation expertise in running workshops or facilitating discussions.
- Empathy and involvement towards children and users of hospitals – parents and staffs.
- Motivated by being member of a team developing a world class hospital.
- Knowledge about and a passionate believer in play and its benefit for children recovering form illness.
Ready to join us on our bold journey?
If you would like to join our motivated and deeply committed team, please send us your complete application, including your CV and a short letter indicating your interest.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
The position will be based in Billund.
How to apply
If you would like to know more about the position, please call Senior Director, Jens Maibom on +45 2030 8104.
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Please remember to attach your application and a current CV in English.
We take candidates into the process on an ongoing basis so please forward an updated CV and application as soon as possible.
We look forward to hearing from you.