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POSTPONED | Get Architecture Out of the Way: The Need for Future-Proof Learning Environments
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POSTPONED | Get Architecture Out of the Way: The Need for Future-Proof Learning Environments

When: Thursday, October 17th, 2019
12:00 – 1:00PM
Where: AIA San Francisco
130 Sutter St
Suite 600
San Francisco, California  94104
United States

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Join the Committee for Architecture on Education for a brown-bag lunch discussion on how design professionals and educators can better align the built environment with current and trending pedagogies. It has become mainstream consensus in recent years that a one-size fits all approach to teaching is not optimal for most learners. In response, institutions and educators are testing or have adopted new models for teaching that are designed to improve student learning outcomes with this in mind. These models often require different physical settings than the traditional factory floor-like classrooms and fixed seating tiered halls made ubiquitous across campuses in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Regrettably, many schools (often public institutions) are constrained by extremely limited financial resources, where existing buildings and classroom environments struggle adapt to newer teaching models, often hamstringing teaching efficacy. Existing school facilities financially limited to renovating, struggle to be successful without expense and contortion. Where financially feasible, functionally obsolete and inflexible buildings are torn down and are replaced by new buildings designed with the aspirational (but not always successful) goal of being resilient, adaptable, and "future-proof." In these new facilities, design should strive to keep the architecture out of the way. What does that mean for designers, architects, and engineers? What does that look like? And, how can we build for a future we can’t predict?

Designers, educators, facility operators, and everyone curious are invited to join.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand why newer pedagogies and teaching models require new physical environments
  • Consider the design imperative that space needs to be adaptable, flexible, future-proof, low cost
  • Learn how this approach to design can actually save footprint and reduce capital and operating expenditures
  • Collaboratively explore different opportunities for multi-use designs that attain a future-proof status


About the Moderator:


Matt Pietras, AIA LEED AP

Associate Principal

Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Matt is a proponent of evidence based design and building intelligent places to better align with institutional mission and culture. In his downtime, he leads SCB’s Campus Environments R&D group, and is Co-Chair of the AIASF Committee on Architecture for Education.



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