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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

From the Practical to the Poetic: Understanding Integrated Design

Posted by Courtney Tarnow on Wed, Apr 30, 2014

By Guest Blogger Don Pender
Part 1 of 3

Brazilian architect Joao Batista Vilanova Artigas said, "I admire poets. What they express with a couple of words, requires us a ton of brick." As designers, planners, educators and builders of 21st century learning spaces, we are really dealing with far more practical realities than even a ton of brick, as Artigas describes. We aspire to address the substantial demands for practicality and at the same time achieve something more significant—something I will call “the Poetic.”

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Topics: integrated design process, CEFPI, California School Architecture, K-12 Schools, McBride High School, K-12 Green Schools, 21st century schools, sustainable schools, Ernest S. McBride High School, Don Pender, Community Based Master Planning

Five Trends in K-12 School Design Everyone Should Consider

Posted by Courtney Tarnow on Mon, Mar 31, 2014

By Guest Blogger Kimberley Coffeen, CEFPI, LEED AP BD+C

We are living through a time where many industries and fields are facing a dramatic shift. Educational programming and K-12 school design are certainly no exceptions. While there are many ways to address the needs of today’s learning environments, not all need to be grandiose. Instead, we can focus on small moves that will have the greatest change, like buying new furniture, improving connectivity and developing a technology plan that supports long-term training and upkeep. Today, we dive into five trends in K-12 school design and their impacts to education:

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Topics: K-12 Schools, E3 Civic High, Design for K-12 Schools, Kim Coffeen, Flexible Learning Environment, Small Learning Community

Engineering Healthy Schools with Platinum Results

Posted by Erik Ring on Thu, Mar 13, 2014

Recent studies by Lawrence Berkeley National Labs indicate that more than half of Calif. K-12 classrooms do not meet code-required ventilation rates, while properly ventilated classrooms reduce student absences associated with illness. Additional studies by the same researchers have demonstrated that occupants of under-ventilated spaces demonstrate impaired decision making performance.

It is clear that a well-designed classroom that includes proper ventilation, good acoustics, superior indoor air quality (IAQ) and abundant daylight has a positive impact on students’ attendance, concentration and performance. At Montgomery Middle School, each classroom includes multiple systems and design elements that combine to provide a healthy, efficient and adaptable green school environment.

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Topics: Operable Windows, LEED for Schools, healthy schools, renovating existing schools, Sweetwater Union High School District, Engineering, K-12 Schools, LEED Platinum Public School, Integrated Sustainable Design, Indoor Air Quality, Erik Ring

K-12 Schools Designer Receives FAIA Designation

Posted by Courtney Tarnow on Thu, Feb 27, 2014

Receiving one of the greatest individual honors from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), LPA Design Principal Wendy Rogers has been elected to the AIA College of Fellows, joining President Dan Heinfeld and Design Principal Glenn Carels, as the firm’s third FAIA.

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Topics: K-12 Schools, Wendy Rogers, Design for K-12 Schools, AIA Orange County, Ernest S. McBride High School, usgbc-oc, Career Technical Schools, Davis Magnet School

Designing for Career Technical Education Programs

Posted by Courtney Tarnow on Fri, Feb 07, 2014

By LPA Blogger Kate Mraw

As evidenced by the increasing number of grant programs supporting Career Technical Education (CTE) facilities, there is a growing need for this particular brand of education, nationwide.

CTE environments support innovation, differentiated learning styles and the 4 C’s: Critical thinking, Collaboration, Communication and Creativity. These programs respond to technology and workplace needs as they help students prepare for a successful future.

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Topics: K-12 Schools, Career Technical Education, CTE, Ernest S. McBride High School, Career Technical Schools, South Tahoe High School, Kate Mraw

Architecture and Design Highlights 2013

Posted by Courtney Tarnow on Tue, Dec 31, 2013

A tradition that has been with us since 2009, we look at some standout moments in architecture and design. On this final day of 2013, we look back on a year full of new endeavors, big challenges and collective successes. And this year, our top five moments of 2013 are identified by you, dear reader.

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Topics: Edwards Lifesciences, K-12 Schools, Rick D’Amato, Dan Heinfeld, Jim Wirick, 21st century schools, Architects and Engineers, Architectural Trends, ExplorOcean, Living Wall, San Marcos High School, Pacific Dental Services

McBride High School: The Culmination of a Most Collaborative Journey

Posted by Albert Lam on Wed, Jul 17, 2013

Last Tuesday, in the warm, golden light of a blazing summer sun making its approach toward twilight, McBride High School opened its doors to a host of prospective students, anxious parents, curious neighbors and any other interested parties looking for a glimpse at Long Beach Unified School District's newest learning academy. When it officially opens this September, Ernest S. McBride, Sr. High School will offer a thematically structured learning environment set within state-of-the-art spaces that incorporate a variety of sustainable design initiatives.

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Topics: Long Beach Unified School District, Albert Lam, Sustainable Design, K-12 Schools, McBride High School, green architecture, sustainable schools, Green Schools, Ernest S. McBride High School

Urban Education: The story behind e3 Civic High, Part 2

Posted by Courtney Tarnow on Tue, Apr 02, 2013

By Guest Blogger Kate Mraw

In last week’s post, we introduced e3 Civic High, San Diego’s revolutionary school-within-a-library that aims to redefine the meaning of the studio, or classroom. In this week’s feature, we’ll discuss the design goals and features, as well as the administration’s emphasis on sustainable architecture and engineering.

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Topics: Downtown San Diego, California School Housing Conference, K-12 Schools, E3 Civic High, 21st century schools, Furniture Services, Kate Mraw

Urban Education: The story behind e3 Civic High, Part 1

Posted by Courtney Tarnow on Wed, Mar 27, 2013

By Guest Blogger Kate Mraw

How does a student’s environment impact his or her learning? It’s a question that is important to many educators, researchers, designers and students alike. Research has shown that flexible room layouts can have positive impacts on the way that interactions and learning are accomplished. Beyond the classroom, what happens if we seek to change the entire school environment and experience? In this two-part feature, we will look into San Diego’s e3 Civic High, a real-life experiment in urban education.

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Topics: Downtown San Diego, K-12 Schools, E3 Civic High, 21st century schools, Furniture Services, Kate Mraw

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