Autens is a leading education consultancy specializing in 21st century learning models, educational innovation, school architecture and learning space design.
Autens was founded in 2005, and opened our New Zealand office, Autens Pasifika in 2021. Autens involved in a huge number of school capital investments, learning space designs, professional development – all pushing the agenda through a range of projects aimed at reimagining education models for the future.
Autens strongly believes that learning should be joyful, meaningful, personalised and co-created in strong learning communities engaged in real-world challenges – and learning spaces should be designed to mirror the learning vision and the needs of the people using them, inspiring creativity of all kinds, embracing differences and opening many paths to learning.
We inspire and co-create strategic, organizational and physical frameworks cultivating meaningful learning journeys and valuable lives for learners of all ages.
We are part of an active global eco-system of thought-leaders in education playing active roles in Association for Learning Environments, Planning Learning Spaces and leading Global Schools Alliance, a network for some of the world’s most influential schools such as High Tech High, Liger Leadership Academy and Green School in Bali.
We are also part of the HundrED.org community’s top 100 innovators, who continuously inspire our work and adds to our joint capacity for change.
We regularly deliver keynotes, interviews for podcasts, articles etc and take part in think tanks and advisory boards.
Every single person you will meet from Autens is passionate about creating positive change. The world is a fantastic place, and there is an abundance of opportunities to impact the lives of children and young people, enabling them to live a sustainable, passionate life of value to themselves, their communities, and their world.
MEET THE Autens team
Lene Jensby Lange
Owner and Director
Lene is a passionate change-maker, entrepreneur, innovator, consultant and speaker. She founded Autens in 2005 and never looked back since. Autens is a manifestation of her passion and expertise whether in the future of learning, school design, learning spaces or user voice.
Lene is vice chair of Association for Learning Environments Europe and co-founder of LinkOnlineLearners.org. She is three times named a Top 100 Global Innovator in Education and serves on the HundrED Academy. She leads the Global Schools Alliance, is an honorary member of ADi Scuola (IT) and serves on several advisory boards in Denmark and abroad.
Co-owner and Director,
MEdLd (1st Class Hons), PGDipEdLd
Sandra heads Autens Pasifika, our NZ office. She is a wise, inspiring and knowledgable educator and gentle-sharp facilitator of transformation. She is an accredited Ministry of Education PLD facilitator with Momentum Learning.
Sandra has extensive experience as a principal, driving continuous development and developing world class school designs. She works with educators, schools and architects to reimagine learning spaces and school design aligned with the school vision. She also supports schools in the transition to new environments and work with leadership teams around their PLD applicaitions in New Zealand.
Peter supports schools, teachers and leadership teams in project-based learning, entrepreneurship, student leadership, creativity and a lot more. As a teacher, Peter – in collaboration with Lise Lotte – has spearheaded transformational work at Skovshoved Skole, working project-based for 10 years with an entrepreneurship agenda. Peter has since worked in the leadership team of many schools before coming home to Autens.
Alex is a world-class leadership coach with over 2,400 sessions and a lot of leadership training under his belt – most recently collaborating with the Eden project around sustainable education. His long experience as a school leader in East London, labelled Outstand by Ofsted, serves him well as a trusted vision-to-strategy consultant who can make things happen. He is behind Portland Education and Xtalks – a Top 100 global innovation in education, and co-founded Link Online Learners with Lene and a few other HundrED innovators.
Lisa Schmidt Larsen
Lisa designs innovative learning environments, manages interior design projects and builds models and prototypes for our Learning Space Design Lab™️.
Emma has solid experience with 21st-century skills and their application in learning design – while providing a powerful student perspective. Since 8th grade, she has been giving keynotes, presentations and training sessions for educators and students alike both in Denmark and abroad. She has worked for Microsoft, the Ministry of Education and Autens.
Emma runs our student voice processes.
MAGDALENE A. ELBEK
Pedagogical consultant and PA
Magdalene designs and facilitates our student voice work and carefully documents the perspective of users as we co-create future paths with schools, afternoon clubs, high schools and education institutions. She also runs much of the back-end at the office.
LISE LOTTE DAGGER
Lise Lotte occasionally stars at our workshops and vision days following her three years at Autens. She is back in the teaching profession where she continues to support her colleagues in developing project-based learning practices.
Ian playfully supports our efforts to equip teachers with the tools and skills to open up learning through authentic projects.
WE HAVE WORKED WITH...
Albertslund Kommune, Allerød Kommune, Ballerup Kommune, Bedford Borough, Fredensborg Kommune, Frederiksberg Kommune, Fredericia Kommune, Frederikssund Kommune, Furesø Kommune, Gentofte Kommune, Gladsaxe Kommune, Göteborg Kommun (SE), Gribskov Kommune, Guldborgsund Kommune, Haderslev Kommune, Helsingør Kommune, Hjørring Kommune, Høje-Taastrup Kommune, Københavns Kommune, Leicestershire County Council, Roskilde Kommune, Rudersdal Kommune, Rødovre Kommune, Skanderborg Kommune, Slagelse Kommune, Silkeborg Kommune, Sønderborg Kommune, Tiller (NO), Århus Kommune and more.
Bakkegårdsskolen, Bakkeskolen, Bistrup Skole, Blovstrød Børne- og læringsby, Borgerskolen, Byens Skole, Carolineskolen, Engelsborgskolen, Enghavegård Skole, Fløng Skole, Funder-Kragelund Skole, Gentofte Skole, Hedehusene Skole, Hellerup Skole, Helsingør Skole, Helsingør Musikskole, High Tech High, Himmelev Skole, Høje Taastrup Børne- og Kulturhus, Høsterkøb Skole, Islev Skole, Klostermarkskolen, Kokkedal Skole, Lindebjergskolen, Læringshus Nærheden – Hedehusene Skole og Charlotteskolen, Matthew Moss High School, Munkegårdsskolen, Mølleholmskolen, Mørkhøj Skole, Nivå Skole, Nordre Skole, Ny Hollænderskolen, Ole Rømer Skolen, Ordrup Skole, Pedersborg Skole, Rathlouskolen, Reerslev Skole, Rødding Skole, Samsøgades Skole, Sct. Jørgens Skole, Sct Knuds skole, Sengeløse Skole, Skanderup Efterskole, Skolen på Nyelandsvej, Skovgaardsskolen, Skovshoved Skole, Station Next, Søgårdsskolen, Tjørnegårdsskolen, Torstorp Skole, Vangeboskolen, VEGA Schools (Delhi), 10.klassecenteret Gentofte, Vrå Skole, Østervangskolen, Ådalens Privatskole, plus a long range of schools from Copenhagen, Finland and Bedford (UK). … and a whole lot more.
Aurehøj Gymnasium, College 360 (tidl. Teknisk Skole Silkeborg), Learnmark (Horsens), Roskilde Tekniske Skole, VIA University College (Horsens), Høje Taastrup Gymnasium, Teaching College at University College Nordjylland, Business College at University College Nordjylland, University College Absalon, Ørestad Gymnasium.
Aalborg Universitet, Helsinki University, Kaunas university of Technology, Learnmark, Loughborough College (UK), Metropol, Parkwood Academy (UK), Sosu C – learning lab, SOSU Fyn, SOSU Nord, SOSU Silkeborg, Tampere University of applied Science, UCR – Uddannelsescenter Roskilde
/Slagteriskolen, University College, University College Lillebælt, VIA University College Nordjylland (UCN) m.fl.
A. P. Møller & Hustru Chastine Møllers Fond til Almene Formaal, ADI Scuola (Italy), Association for Learning Environments, Bedford Borough Learning Exchange, CEDEFOP, Danmarks Privatskoleforening, EACT Academy Trust (UK), The Edge Foundation (UK), EU (Center for Erhvervsuddannelser), Global Schools Alliance, Helsinki University – Innokas, Human Scale Education (UK), HundrED (FI), KMD i Aarhus, LEGO Foundation, SSAT Academy Trust (UK), Universefonden (now the KATA Foundation), Architecture and Design Scotland, and more.
Aarstiderne Arkitekter/Sweco Architects, Adept Architects, Advancis, C.F. Møller (Norge), COWI, D-K2, Educational Arts Ltd, Friis & Molkte Arkitekter, Forever Day One (Berlin), Henning Larsen Arkitekter, KUBEN Management, Mike Davies (UK), Nøhr & Sigsgaard Arkitekter, RUM, Space Design (UK), Sweco (tidligere Grontmij og Carl Bro) – and a wide range of other architect studios, engineering companies and contractors on school facilities projects.
Blovstrød børnehuse, Børnehuset Skovmosen, Børnehuset Skrænten, Høje Taastrup Børne- og Kulturhus, Høje Taastrup Kommune youth clubs, Klub Bakkens Hjerte, Klub Fiolen, Klub Svanen, Marslev børnehus, Klub Abildtræet, Klub Krudtuglen, Ordrup Fritidscenter, Vrå Børnehus as well as the local after-school club (SFO) in most of the Danish schools we have worked with.
PLANNING LEARNING SPACES
Planning Learning Spaces was released in the fall of 2019, bringing together the best inputs from 20 leading international experts to create a guide to design learning spaces written for architects, school professionals and school designers. Lene contributed to the book with key points about early-stage engagement and how learning spaces interact with the entire learning culture. Education all-stars Sir Ken Robinson and Herman Hertzberger have both generously written a foreword for the book.
SPAZI ED EDUCAZIONE
Spazi ed Educazione was released in the fall of 2019, bringing together research contributions on learning environments from leading Italian forces around the University of Bologna with Professor Vana Gheradi at the forefront. Lene has written a chapter for the book on “How the organization of spaces influences education”. She points out that schools’ spatial organization needs to mirror emerging flexible and dynamically organized learning processes with students at the center.