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Integrated Sustainable Design

Service Spotlight: Facilities Master Planning with Jim Kisel

Posted by Carina Calhoun on Thu, Aug 18, 2016

As part of a continuing series on this blog, we’ll take a look at members from each of our services to highlight LPA’s integrated design process and showcase our commitment to sustainable design.

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Topics: Sustainable Design, K-12 Schools, Master Planning, Facilities Master Plan, Integrated Design, K-12 Schools Master Plans

What’s the Future of Educational Design?

Posted by Emily Koch on Fri, Jun 03, 2016

Earlier this year, a group of our Education Studio designers and master planners had the opportunity to attend the annual CEFPI, now the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), conference in San Diego, California. The most refreshing thing about attending these types of conferences is that you gain an outside, bird’s-eye perspective of the latest trends and practices in the field of educational design and planning. The speakers represented educators, district leaders, architects and educational consultants and shared real-life, applicable ideas for serving our current and future students.

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Topics: educational design, Emily Koch, K-12 Schools, E3 Civic High, 21st century schools, Learning Environments

Seeing Drought as Opportunity in Educational Spaces

Posted by Andrew Wickham on Thu, Mar 31, 2016

The recent el Nino storms may seem to be quelling California’s drought, but the reality is we’re not out of the woods yet. California is the most populous state, home to 38.7 million people as of January 2015. Since about half of municipal water use is devoted to landscaping, there are significant opportunities for conservation.

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Topics: educational design, Landscape Architecture, Educational Facilities, K-12 Schools, Andrew Wickham, Sustainable Landscape Design

Educational Design: Where We Learn Matters

Posted by Jim Kisel on Fri, Mar 25, 2016

The only constant in educational design is change. To innovate, we must explore and imagine a future that engages students and empowers a culture for lifelong learning. Organizations like the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) and the American Institute of Architects California Council (AIACC) recognize the important connection between the design and programming for 21st century schools. At the recent national conference, CASH/AIACC honored LPA and our clients with awards for four K-12 schools.

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Topics: sustainble design, K-12 Schools, Jim Kisel, K-12 Mater Plans, Eastvale STEM Academy, Johnson Middle School, Samueli Academy

Understanding STEM Education Environments

Posted by Emily Koch on Thu, Feb 18, 2016

As renowned author Roger Lewin said, “Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.” Today's children will face many high-tech problems—from environmental to interstellar—to solve in their futures and as designers and educators, we owe it to them to support their growth and education. Connections between Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) create educational opportunities that reflect realities for 21st century schools.

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Topics: Educational Facilities, K-12 Schools, 21st century schools, Flexible Learning Environment, STEM Education, Eleanor Roosevelt STEM Academy, Samueli Academy

Mobile Learning for 21st Century Schools

Posted by Kate Mraw on Fri, Jan 22, 2016

Digital natives—those born into today’s high-tech, 21st century environment—require an engaging curriculum to match their diverse learning styles and the digital tools used to share knowledge and information. Educational design and planning must support not only mobile devices, but mobile students. Whether it’s the device or the student, connectivity counts. Here are five tips to promote mobile learning in the classroom:

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Topics: educational design, K-12 Schools, 21st century schools, Kate Mraw, Student-Centered Design, Samueli Academy

Guidelines to a Successful Makerspace in Educational Environments

Posted by Emily Koch on Thu, Dec 10, 2015

“Makerspaces” are everywhere in educational facility discussions these days. If you’re unfamiliar, a makerspace is a space designed for students to explore and work through educational concepts via hands-on experimentation. Additionally, access to a makerspace may increase creative outputs in student projects.

Therefore, in order to be successful to improving student comprehension and retention, here are some guidelines that should be considered when implementing a makerspace in new construction or renovation:

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Topics: K-12 School Design, Emily Koch, Educational Facilities, K-12 Schools, Learning Environments

Top Trends Shaping Student-Centered Design

Posted by Kate Mraw on Fri, Nov 20, 2015

The only constant in educational design is change. To innovate, we must explore and imagine a future that engages students and empowers development of a culture for lifelong learning. Having an understanding and awareness of how students work and learn best as individuals encourages a deeper look at the design of an environment. Here are six concepts to promote student-centered design in the classroom:

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Topics: K-12 Schools, E3 Civic High, 21st century schools, Kate Mraw, Student-Centered Design, Johnson Middle School

Design for Coding Studios: How Innovative is That?

Posted by Emily Koch on Thu, Sep 03, 2015

As our society becomes increasingly technology-dependent, the ability to program software and write code becomes increasingly important, and it’s never too early to start. In collaboration with Dr. Julie A. Zoellin Cramer at the University of San Diego’s Center for Education Policy and Law, we recently had the opportunity to “up-cycle” several unused portables for a creative classroom venture by the Cajon Valley Union School District (CVUSD): creating a new campus for students to learn coding.

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Topics: Emily Koch, K-12 Schools, Today’s Learning Environment, 21st century schools, Flexible Learning Environment, STEM Education, Coding Studios

Principal Spotlight: Don Pender

Posted by Carina Calhoun on Thu, Aug 20, 2015

As part of our 50-year anniversary, we'll meet with each of the firm Principals and get their take on LPA, current projects and of course, sustainable design.

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Topics: Sustainable Design, K-12 Schools, Don Pender, LPA50

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