Design


classroom design

Everything I Learned About Learning in Kindergarten

What higher education can learn from kindergarten classroom design.

This article originally appeared in the College Planning & Management October 2018 issue of Spaces4Learning.

Facility Planning

My Day as a Kindergartner

Reflecting on this has affected my view of educational design.

This article originally appeared in the School Planning & Management October 2018 issue of Spaces4Learning.

Spotlight on Safe School Design

Former Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick once said, “No child will be able to succeed academically if they don’t first feel safe in school. No teacher will be able to teach at their best if they aren’t confident there’s a plan in place to ensure their school is well prepared for an emergency.” Creating a safer educational institution begins with the facility’s design. Mariana Lavezzo, a K-12 Education designer with the DLR Group, recently talked with SP&M about this approach to creating safer schools.

campus outdoor space

Facilities (Campus Spaces)

Outside Ideas for Urban Campuses

Urban-based institutions are often limited in the size of their campus footprint. Initiatives and installations at these urban campuses are optimizing outdoor spaces to maximize wayfinding, safety, and aesthetics.

This article originally appeared in the College Planning & Management September 2018 issue of Spaces4Learning.

Resimericial Design

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Resimercial Design

Creating learning environments that positively impact students.

This article originally appeared in the School Planning & Management June 2018 issue of Spaces4Learning.



sustainable interior design

Sustainable Interior Design

In recent years, more research has come to light in support of the impact that facility design has on student performance. These studies reveal clear evidence that the physical characteristics of a classroom impact learning, and furthermore, that a link exists between well-designed school facilities and increased academic achievement.

This article originally appeared in the School Planning & Management May 2018 issue of Spaces4Learning.

spaces for learning

Spaces for Learning

The evolution of academic spaces on campus continues to transform interiors into areas that are interactive, tech-enabled, and adaptable to a variety of uses for collaborative engagement.

This article originally appeared in the College Planning & Management May 2018 issue of Spaces4Learning.

Spotlight on Designing for Next-Generation Learning

Getting students ready for college and ready for careers is becoming ever more important in all levels of K12 education. The ideas of collaboration, and hands-on learning, also known as “next-generation learning is also impacting how schools are designed. Steven Herr, AIA, is director of Design for Fanning Howey, an architecture and engineering firm specializing in learning environments, and is quite familiar with some of the ideas and challenges presented by next-generation learning. School Planning & Management asked Stephen a few questions on the subject.

Hot Tips (Furniture Design)

Key Design Features for Innovative Schools

This article originally appeared in the School Planning & Management March 2018 issue of Spaces4Learning.

Inviting Spaces

Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)

Inviting Spaces

Designing for special needs in k-12 schools.

This article originally appeared in the School Planning & Management March 2018 issue of Spaces4Learning.

Legally Speaking

Some Children Are Left Behind

Here is one school safety issue that we can address.

This article originally appeared in the School Planning & Management March 2018 issue of Spaces4Learning.

Legally Speaking (Insight on the Issues)

Make it Right

If an emergency occurs, we need a comprehensive plan that includes everyone.

This article originally appeared in the College Planning & Management March 2018 issue of Spaces4Learning.

Spotlight on Living/Learning Communities

Student life is a large part of life at any institution of higher education, and creating a sense of community is often at the forefront of faculty, administrator, and staff planning. Living/learning communities are a new way to keep students engaged socially and academically, and grow a sense of community on campus. Paul Wuennenberg, principal at KWK Architects, and Jill Stratton, associate dean of Undergraduate Residential Learning at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, are at the forefront of these new campus communities and shared some of their insights with us.

Ask the Expert (ADA Compliance)

How can we achieve ADA compliance?

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

Whole System Design

Whole Systems Design

An integrated approach to sustainability.

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

Immersive Learning

Facility Planning

Immersive Learning Environment

Designing to impact student achievement.

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

Livable Building

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Texas Middle School Earns Livable Buildings Award

Design reflects growing trend toward sustainable solutions and hands-on learning environments.

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

Hot Tips (Learning Spaces)

Reimagining the Ideal Learning Space

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

Outdoor Spaces

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Outdoor Spaces

Creating a true community place where everyone feels welcome.

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

Campus Exteriors

Facilities (Campus Spaces)

At First Glance

Campus exteriors provide the initial impression of any college or university. These outdoor spaces can impact recruitment, retention, town/gown and alumni relationships and much more.

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

study hallway

Designing for Student Engagement

Architects are changing the way they design spaces to better match the way students learn.

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

interior design for schools

Design Does Matter

Are your students engaged and excited about learning? Lecture versus hands-on exercises. Static desks versus swivel chairs and Hokkie Stools. Industrial Age versus 21st Century design. What does your high school look like? And how engaged are your students?

This article originally appeared in the issue of .