Cognitive Architecture is an independent consultancy founded by Tim Smith in 2014.

We provide professional learning for teachers and school leaders, bringing an international knowledge-base to our training programs.

Our specialist areas of focus include Thinking Science, professional coaching, teaching thinking and leadership.

We are committed to high-quality professional learning and we design accredited courses, one-day events and long-term programs.  


Tim taught in the UK before moving to Australia in 2008. He has held positions of leadership in schools and has advised on policy and curriculum reform in science education.

Immediately prior to moving to Australia, Tim worked as the Director of Specialist Science Status at Nonsuch High School for Girls where he collaborated with the National Science Learning Centre to develop regional centres of excellence in teacher professional development. In 2005, Tim was awarded the prestigious Einstein Year Bursary for his work on 'Girls into Physics'.

A physics graduate from Swansea University, Tim also holds postgraduate qualifications from Cambridge University, Institute of Education, London, and The University of Queensland, Australia.  He has presented at conferences in the UK, Australia, and the USA and has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Acceleration and the Science of Learning.

Tim has taught in the state, Catholic, and independent sectors in both coeducational and single-sex (both boys' and girls') schools.

Cognitive Architecture is committed to learning more about evidence-based practice in education and helping teachers navigate the often-perilous area of educational neuroscience.