Look up to Create Better Learning Environments

By Kathy Price-Robinson

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the design challenges faced in various education spaces and how to apply acoustical control to enhance learning environments for students and teachers, especially as it relates to earning LEED certification.
  2. Review how sustainability benefits of ceilings and walls contribute to high performance schools and LEED certification.
  3. Define how ceiling and wall solutions contribute to LEED IAQ credits.
  4. Describe how integrated ceiling solutions and common conditions can increase an educational facility’s performance for the benefit of students and teachers.
  5. Define how inspiring ceiling designs can transform spaces in educational environments.


AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia
This test is no longer available for credit

In this course, we consider the impacts that excess noise can have on learning environments and on those who occupy these noisy spaces, and how to design ceilings and walls to help create quieter spaces that are more conducive to thinking, learning, and discussion.

We also discuss how to achieve better air quality and sustainability in schools with ceiling specification, which helps earn LEED certification, as well as gracefully and stylishly integrating lighting, HVAC, and electronics into the ceiling design. Equally important is creating inspirational spaces that will engage not just the students, teachers, and administrators, but also the public and benefactors.

Look Up


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Originally published in November 2019