Design Approaches Enhance K-12 Facilities

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Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe ways in which environmentally responsible design can be incorporated into K–12 schools’ educational vision.
  2. Define key interior and exterior design elements that can help create a sense of community, connection, and enhanced learning in K–12 school projects.
  3. Explain how a variety of colors, textures, and innovative materials can be used in K–12 school design strategies.
  4. Discuss design approaches that can be used to engage nature in enhancing new and renovated learning facilities.


2 AIA LU/Elective
This test is no longer available for credit

This course is part of the Education Academy

This course will look at 2017 K–12 building type studies and project overviews focusing on innovative and environmentally friendly design practices, strategies, methods, and materials used to enhance a broad variety of learning facilities in the United States and abroad.

Common Ground High School by Gray Organschi Architecture
An environmental charter school in Connecticut gets a new building with an unusual wood structure.
Joann Gonchar, AIA

Indian Springs School by Lake | Flato Architects
A cluster of new buildings captures the rugged, free spirit of a rural boarding school in Birmingham, Alabama.
Anna Fixsen

Simone Veil School Complex by Dominique Coulon & Associés
Color and texture create a stimulating environment for the children of a nursery.

Riverdale Country School by Architecture Research Office
A new facility in the Bronx provides a stimulating place to learn, socialize, and engage with nature.
Laura Raskin

Fayetteville High School in Arkansas
DLR Group, Hight Jackson Associates, and Marlon Blackwell Architects expand and renovate a popular high school.
Michael Cockram

Campus Moos by E2A
A compact concrete box with a rational floor plan hosts a forward-looking middle school in Rüschlikon, Switzerland.
Mary Pepchinski

Lycée Schorge by Kéré Architecture
An innovative use of local materials engenders an inspiring setting for learning in Burkina Faso.
Jenna M. McKnight

Photo of a school exterior.

Photo: Eugeni Pons

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Originally published in August 2017