Collaborate with architects and educators from around the world to apply principles of effective pedagogy and design to physical learning environment projects.
Physical spaces have an enormous impact on learners’ experiences. Building layouts can create opportunities for new relationships among students, staff, and the community. Furniture arrangements in classrooms and hallways can foster planned collaboration and spontaneous informal learning among students. Day-lighting, learning commons, and natural materials can create a sense of place and connection.
Whether we’re engaged in small-scale classroom remodeling or large-scale school planning, effective designs are based on clear sense of learners’ needs and educational goals. How can we understand the needs of the learners and the community for whom we are designing? What are the educational goals that should inform effective designs? And how can we plan and prototype solutions so they can evolve as needs and goals change over time?
Participants learn from educational and design leaders about emerging trends shaping today and tomorrow’s educational environments such as ubiquitous technologies, personalized learning, sustainable construction, and collaboration. Working in team-based design studios, participants apply the program content by engaging in a design process that spans five areas: the needs of people, design principles, program goals, plans, and prototypes. The program offers content and a process that participants can apply and bring back to their settings.
In this three-day collaborative program, you and your team will explore themes that inform 21st-century school design, such as collaboration, technology, engagement, and sustainability. You will take part in interactive plenary sessions given by leaders in the field of education and architecture, topic-specific workshops led by innovative practitioners and thinkers, guided site visits to provocative learning environments in the Boston-area, and a “design studio,” facilitated by experts in collaborative design processes.
Each component is crafted to create opportunities for your team to consider the needs and values of your learners, the forward-looking educational goals for your community, and the qualities of the spaces that can support such needs and goals. Participants will have the opportunity to focus on a specific school design project they are currently involved in, or to work more abstractly within their design teams. Design studios will offer daily opportunities to get feedback on your plans and future prototyping can support the educational experiences for your community.
- Understand key principles of 21st-century pedagogy and design
- Learn a user-centered design process that can be applied to designing learning environments, whether they be small scale settings or large-scale building projects
- Become familiar with the latest insights on topics such as learning theory, collaborative learning, student and community engagement, social media technologies, and environmental sustainability
- Learn to critique learning environments that are considered models of effective design
- Develop design plans and strategies for settings that serve the needs and goals stakeholders in your community