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Impacting Student Outcomes Through Architecture and Design

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System Course & Presentation

AIA/CES Registered Provider Program Summary

Impacting Student Outcomes Through Architecture and Design

Length: 1 hour
Program #: ISOTAD40107819
Credits: 1 LU hour

Description: As school districts continue to implement and incorporate active and socially positive teaching strategies, in many cases this must be done using buildings that were not originally designed with these concepts in mind. In addition, there is a reluctance to “dive head first” into a completely new paradigm of building design when many still recall the unsuccessful open classroom concepts of the 1960s and 1970s, and the renovations of these spaces into more conventional classroom configurations. As a result, facilities constructed in the last 20 years are not significantly different from those built 75 years ago. The purpose of this presentation is to show how schools can “test the waters” and modify existing facilities to provide adaptable, multiple use configurations and incorporate new pedagogies. The content assists architects and designers to communicate effectively with school personnel about learning concepts, learning modalities and engagement space. An examination of the modern learner will highlight the active learning spaces have on cognitive learning. Attendees will be challenged to recognize how students learn and how student centered pedagogy has positive and measurable social impacts to better prepare students for life after formal education. Looking at the dynamics of active learning, attendees will see the relationship the environment and design has on overall student engagement. This course will also identify helpful concepts that aid in the design of the educational space to achieve positive and measurable student outcomes.

 Learning Objectives: After completion of this course, participants will be able to:

1- Explore and understand how previous attempts at alternate learning environments were unsuccessful and how we arrived at our current destination.

2- Understand how learning modalities and teaching strategies play a key role in designing the educational environment to allow for better teaching environments, social integration and improved student welfare

3- Identify key spaces of active and collaborative learning within the school facility and the measurable impact they have on student outcomes

4- Learn how architecture and furniture can modify existing facilities to support current and future learning concepts without requiring the complete rebuild of schools

How Taught: The CES facilitator utilizes a PowerPoint or slide presentation to provide an in-depth overview of Effective Learning Environments. The session will encourage feedback and questions. This session will challenge participants to think about the learning process and the significant impact that design can have on student performance.

Facilitator Qualifications:

Sean Tracy is the Director of Education for BRPH Architects-Engineers' Florida K-12 and higher education markets. He is a 1992 graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a licensed architect in Florida and Virginia. Mr. Tracy was part of the inaugural class of of certified educational facility planners (CEFP) and is one of three in the state of Florida. For the last 15 years, Sean has focused exclusively on the design of educational environments.

Barry Sallas is the Director of Education for BRPH Architects-Engineers' Georgia and South Carolina K-12 and higher education markets. He is a graduate of Auburn University and a licensed architect in Georgia and South Carolina. Mr. Sallas is currently on the board of CEFPI's Georgia chapter.

Steve Pryor is the Director of Product Design + Education Development for Smith System and has over 20 years of experience in the educational furniture industry. Actively involved in with educators throughout the United States he has hands on experience with the implementation of 21st Century Collaborative environments. His background also a patented inventor and has been instrumental in the successful development of products for modern educational environments.

Target Audience: Architects, specifiers, interior designers, owners and other design professionals. The ideal audience size can be 10-20 people. This program is basic and meets the needs of professionals at every experience level when designing K-12 and higher learning educational facilities.

 Costs: There is no cost to bring this program into your firm or chapter meeting.

For more information: Call (972) 398-4050 to schedule a presentation.

Your AIA/CES Deliverable Package Includes:

·       Program Summary
·       References
·       Certificates of Completion
·       Evaluations