Julie Anne Gilleland

Designer, mother of 3 boys with over 18 years making spaces and experiences that bring individuals creativity to the forefront.

In 2007 she founded Turtlewings, a non-profit center in Brussels Belgium, welcoming educators, children and families to explore design thinking in relation to educational concepts. The idea was based on her masters thesis completed in 2000 at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland.

In 2014 she won the Open Education Challenge with her start up Think with Things, that strived to make a difference in education on a global level by bringing idea of hands on learning through play, and thinking with found objects into the normal everyday structured learning environments of children as well as adults.

Presently, Julie Anne is working in both realms of design of creative spaces and concepts working with museums, schools and organisations to help them realise their dreams and Think with Things, which has been scaled down to a online space for exploring design thinking techniques with found objects.

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