The skills and knowledge needed to prosper in the 21st century require a different kind of education, and the powerful tools students now have available to communicate, socialize and gather information necessitate a change in ways schools provide an education. To deliver that education effectively, schools and universities should have learning spaces that recognize and address the evolving needs of students.  A new type of learning environment that promotes student success, both academically and socially.  These environments must integrate new learning methodologies and technology, while balancing online and classroom learning.  They must also be optimized for flexibility, collaboration, sustainability, safety and community involvement.

The concept of the classroom is undergoing rapid transformation.  Considering programming that supports hands-on learning, research on display, and gaming as learning, these spaces must address not only what students are learning, but also how they learn.  The new space typologies facilitate project-based learning, collaboration, and peer-to-peer learning. These learning environments emphasize the development of physical projects and prototypes, both individually and in teams, enabling students to bring their ideas to life, identify flaws, and develop new solutions.  Outdoor classrooms, living-learning models, studios, and gaming spaces create opportunities for students to learn how and when they choose to.

Join us as we reimagine the classroom with our panelists:

Briar Glenn, AIA, Glenn Partners - Trends in Design of Private Education Spaces

David Zatopek, AIA, Corgan - Peeling Away the Layers: New Life for a Campus Icon
The University of North Texas Art Building has evolved to meet changing requirements over 30 years of evolution in Art Education.  As part of a major expansion, the thoughtful re-lifing of the existing building became an integral element of the overall design concept.  This presentation will focus on how the renovation design process integrated an iconic work of North Texas Architecture into the 21st century.

Trey Laird, AIA, Stantec - How the Learning Environment Impacts Student Success

Randall Scott, AIA, Randall Scott Architects (RSA) - Single-Use vs Multi-Purpose Collegiate Performing Arts Center Venues
Public and large private universities have the luxury of constructing single-use Performing Arts Center (PAC) venues while smaller private and 2-Year Colleges with more limited funding invest in multi-purpose facilities that accommodate opera, concerts, soloists, drama, practice, summer camps and other arts. Attendees will be presented with two contrasting PAC examples; the renovation of a single-use facility for a four year public institution and the construction of a new multi-use PAC for a faith-based liberal arts University, to facilitate understanding the difference in metrics and design approach between the two types of venues.

Vandana Gupta, AIA, PBK - Higher Education: Controlling Program, Cost & Schedule

Moderator: Ashley Flores, AIA, HKS


DART's St Paul Station is in front of One Dallas Center where HKS is located.


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