Community Participation in the Design Process - 5 Tips to Building Successful Project Support by Carl Franceschi, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, MCPPO | Principal In any public construction project, engaging the community stakeholders is vital for a successful outcome. Whether the task is to renovate, add, or … Continue reading
Designing Breakout Spaces for Schools - by Ann Marie Procopio, IIDA, Director of Interior Design + Associate When space is at a premium, finding places for students to meet or gather outside of the classroom is invaluable. These spaces can be created throughout the school such … Continue reading
Career Tech Education for All - The Next Step in the Evolution of CTE by Carl Franceschi, AIA, LEED, MCPPO | President, DRA Career Technical Education (CTE) has evolved to become a valuable, robust, and flexible form of instruction that would be beneficial to all students, … Continue reading
Repurposing Educational Facilities for 21st Century Learning - by James A. Barrett, AIA, LEED, REFP Every day in America, 59 million of us go to school.  Whether as students, teachers, or educational employees, each day we spend time in the nation’s 120,000 school buildings.  Of these buildings, nearly … Continue reading
Changes in Libraries - by Ken Best, AIA, ALA As library designers we have seen libraries change and evolve.  Today’s modern library is a different experience than the clichéd silent building of yesteryear.  Let’s explore some of the more significant changes. Entering an older … Continue reading
Rethinking the School Garden - Some may wonder why schools are good places for gardening, but evidence shows that gardens can actually be great places for schooling. In fact, the US used to have many more at school gardens, which helped lead students to many state universities that began as agricultural schools. Continue reading
Makerspaces in Your School? - Makerspaces are increasingly popular outlets for the Do It Yourself movement, and students and adults stand to learn a lot from them. Continue reading
Learning Commons Reflect Larger Shifts in Education - Libraries have been around since librarians wore togas to work. That they’ve been such a mainstay in cultures across the globe and over centuries reflects their value to society. Since then, of course, there have been monumental shifts for the library: who has access; what was kept in them; even how they are organized. After the Chinese Communist Revolution Continue reading
Separate but Equal?   - All across the country, school districts are trying to figure out the best ways to accommodate transgender students. Our ongoing national discussion regarding increased access to gender-neutral public facilities has also drawn attention to a number of practical design concerns which need to be addressed in any new or soon-to-be-renovated school facility. Continue reading
Engaging Children in Design and Construction - “How long does it take to draw the building?” “Where will the bus drop me off?” “Why is there a ramp?” These are just a few of the many questions that children are asking in the Design & Construction Mentoring Program at the Orchard Hill Elementary School. The program developed by DRA Architects and Gilbane Building Company is proving to be a big success Continue reading

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