Educational Architecture

Design-Build Students Transform Juvenile Detention Center

First year students design and build the first phase of a literacy center in Portland’s Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center.

Design educators and practitioners routinely assert, with remarkable assurance, that design thinking strategies can deliver the “game-changing” ideas needed to address the critical problems of our times. Frequently, it seems, we fall in love with the promise(s) of these ideas – and the god-like power their creation conveys – and are less committed to following through with the same degree…

Ten Tips For Creating a 21st-Century Classroom Experience

Sandy Speicher, who heads the Design for Learning efforts at IDEO, shares powerful lessons for architects and designers creating the schools of tomorrow.

In recent years, IDEO has spent a lot of time and effort thinking about education. The firm’s work with Ormondale Elementary School, in Portola Valley, California, helped pioneer a special “investigative-learning” curriculum that inspires students to be seekers of knowledge. We spoke to Sandy Speicher, who heads the Design for Learning efforts at IDEO. Her insights provide powerful lessons for…

Exporting the Quad: The American Influence on Global Campus Design

Course# Met115 This course is AIA/CES registered for 1LU. The American ideal of the campus for higher education—quads, diags, ovals, tree lined lawns—has stuck in the imaginations of university planning the world over. The growth in the global education market is enormous. Last year there were nearly 600,000 international students enrolled in U.S. colleges, and as economies around the world…

Public Color for Public Schools

Michael Kors and his team arrange stencil lettering on their banner. “I need an O!” Kors said to a friend. “It’s like having a personal Vanna White.” Last night, a lively crowd of architects and designers descended on the Louis D. Brandeis High School in New York City for the the 8th annual Stir, Splatter + Roll benefit. Hosted by…