Category Archives: Blog

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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