IPSEF Speakers

Stefan Jakobek

Vice President | Head of Education, HOK

Stefan leads the schools group at HOK, an international design practice with offices in 26 locations across the globe. He has been in involved in the design of school building and educational campuses since the early 80s. He spent his first 16 years in private practice in Hampshire designing schools across the south of England. In 1997 he moved to the public sector and as Chief Architect for the City of Portsmouth was responsible for the design development of a schools estate of over 80 Schools. This has enabled him to acquire a detailed knowledge of the economic and political processes which produce and maintain schools in the United Kingdom. He served as a school governor for 14 years, was convenor of the RIBA Schools Client Forum and is a Trustee of the education charity ‘Learning through Landscapes’.

In 2005 Stefan joined HOK in London and in addition to his work in the UK has led the design of a series of innovative schools in Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Haileybury in Kazakhstan, completed in 2008, received the ‘Most Inspiring Design, International’ award from the British Council for School Environments. Marlborough College Malaysia opened in September 2012 and the first phase of a school in Mozambique will open in 2013 to will be followed by further projects in Tanzania and Mauritius in the near future.

Stefan has developed a commitment to real design quality and innovation that emerges out of a thorough understanding of client’s identity, vision and ambition and the challenges of delivery in the new, emerging economies across the globe.