Academic & Classroom Space


  • Classroom Components
    Elementary students in a classroom working at their desks.

    Comfort Is Critical for Student Success. Here Are 3 Simple Factors to Consider.

    Why address comfort in the design of a learning space? When students are physically comfortable, they’re more at ease: They can relax, block out negative thoughts and focus more effectively on instruction. 05/25/2020

  • Reopening Schools
    Woman taking the temperature of a child who is wearing a face mask and a backpack with a contactless thermometer.

    Here’s What Designers and Architects Anticipate Schools Will Look Like in the Fall and After COVID-19

    We asked designers and architects from across the country what they anticipate classrooms will look like in the fall if they were to reopen, how the coronavirus will impact school design in the long-term, and suggestions on design concepts schools can implement right away to help with social distancing in facilities. Their answers offer insight to available design options and possibilities that can help school leaders plan and make the best decisions for their students and staff. 05/18/2020

  • Reopening Schools
    Classroom with agile furniture to accommodate proper social distancing.

    Rethinking School Spaces and Structures to Maintain Proper Distancing Amid COVID-19

    As you rethink the design of educational spaces and structures to keep your communities safe and healthy when schools reopen, here are some possible strategies and issues to consider. 05/08/2020

  • STEM
    The Berkner STEM Exploration Center features flexible and adaptable spaces.

    First Look: Berkner STEM Exploration Center

    When students return to school at Richardson Independent School District near Dallas, Texas, they will be able to utilize a brand-new state-of-the-art STEM facility that is open to all K-12 students in the district. Designed by Perkins and Will, the Berkner STEM Exploration Center was created for students of all ages. 04/01/2020

  • Expert Viewpoint
    4 Reasons to Build Choice into Classroom Design — and How to Make It Work for Students

    4 Reasons to Build Choice into Classroom Design — and How to Make It Work for Students

    Teaching and learning are undergoing significant transformation, but, by and large, the design of classrooms has not transformed at the same rate. Here are six key elements of a modern and highly engaging learning space that both supports and encourages 21st century learning: choice, comfort, versatility, connection, stimulation and technology. 04/01/2020

  • facilities
    Learning in Lounge Areas

    Extending the Classroom

    Learning is no longer restricted to the classroom or the library. Increasing the use and appeal of the space in between classrooms and other traditional learning environments can play a key role in teaching and learning. 03/30/2020

  • Episode 2
    Schools In Focus Podcast logo and Todd Ferking, principal at DLR Group

    Schools In Focus Podcast: 2020 Education Design Trends

    In this episode, Todd Ferking of DLR Group talks about education design that is geared toward the future. 03/04/2020

  • Planning & Design
    Pathfinder Kindergarten Center: photo ©Chris Roberts, courtesy of DLR Group

    K-12 Design Trends to Watch in 2020

    Just as Winston Churchill once said, “we shape our buildings and thereafter they shape us,” designers must consider how education environments of the next decade will shape student behavior. 02/26/2020

  • facilities
    Carl H. Lindner School of Business at the University of Cincinnati

    Future-Oriented and Sustainable: Business Schools of the Future

    How can good design contribute to better campus life? The opening of the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati unlocked a new view to the future. 02/21/2020

    Children using tools like a screwdriver to tinker with a robot on a table.

    Design Trends Influencing STEM Education

    Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are crucial parts of today's curriculum. When it comes to maximizing learning outcomes, many schools focus on the equipment and technology available. However, design also has a significant impact. 02/19/2020

  • Technology

    Spotlight On: Online Monitoring and Student Safety

    In this interview, Richard Fuller, Executive Chairman of Impero Software, which provides online monitoring and classroom management software to schools, provides his take on using technology to support student safety. 12/04/2019

  • Interiors
    adaptable educational space

    Preparing Students for an Unpredictable Future

    Creating an adaptable space is only one component of the agile classroom. What we teach and how we teach are just as important. 11/01/2019

  • Interiors
    Copenhagen school

    Designing with an Eye to the Future

  • Expert Perspective
     Immersive Learning Environments: An Untapped Resource for Differentiated Learning

    Immersive Learning Environments: An Untapped Resource for Differentiated Learning

    As education principles continue to evolve, immersive learning environments offer an emerging and meaningful education tool. 07/23/2019

  • Technology (Innovations for Education)
    AV wall

    AV Innovations for Today’s Classrooms

    More higher education institutions are adopting an audiovisual technology-enabled approach to learning. 06/01/2019

  • Hot Tips: Ergonomic Furniture

    Free Time (and Space) Should Be A Priority

  • Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)
    GWMS classroom

    A Space to Grow

    Preparing students to be independent, self-sufficient 01/01/2019

  • Facility Planning

    Integration by Compaction and Subtraction

    Fostering blended work-sharing environments in next-generation schools 05/01/2018

  • 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. 05/01/2018

  • new classroom spaces

    The New Class

    The bionic classroom is here. Packed with technology, reconfigurable on a moment's notice and ready to foster innovation, these spaces help forward-thinking instructors educate next-generation students. College Planning & Management profiles five new spaces that push the edges. 03/01/2018