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Integrated Sustainable Design

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

The Possibilities for Drought-Tolerant K-12 School Landscape Design

Posted by Andrew Wickham on Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Last month, I had the honor of presenting at a workshop concerning California’s drought and the impending water restrictions. The workshop—put on as a joint effort between the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) and Schools Energy Coalition (SEC)—was focused on helping K-12 school districts understand what the implications from California’s mandatory water reductions would be and to arm them with some tools and strategies to meet those reductions. The first half of the workshop focused on background information about the drought, Governor Brown’s executive order and which entities are being affected by the executive order. The second half of the workshop brought together a panel of mostly school district facility directors and myself to provide some real-world case studies that show how a school district might reduce its landscape water use.

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Topics: K-12 School Design, Landscape Architecture, K-12 Schools, Sustainable Design Practices

Beyond Wayfinding: Environmental Graphics in Learning Spaces

Posted by Courtney Tarnow on Thu, Jul 31, 2014

Guest Blog by Emily Koch and Kate Mraw

Architectural signage is necessary to inform people how to navigate through a campus or building. In designer-speak, this signage is commonly referred to as wayfinding. While it’s an important aspect of signage, environmental graphics can accomplish so much more than that — influencing mood and behavior, increasing student engagement, reinforcing school spirit and pride, and creating a culture of community — all while directing people to their destination.

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Topics: Environmental Graphics, Wayfinding Systems, Emily Koch, K-12 Schools, Ernest S. McBride High School, San Marcos High School, Small Learning Community, Kate Mraw

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