A New Language of School Design

Evidence Based Strategies for Student Achievement & Well-Being

AIA Continuing Education Provider

1.5 LU / HSW

Join us for an insightful workshop that offers an exclusive look into A4LE's groundbreaking book, "A New Language of School Design”. We'll explore key design principles such as Neuroarchitecture, which integrates neuroscience into architectural considerations, and Biophilic Design, which taps into the inherent human affinity for nature. The workshop will also unpack Salutogenic Design, focusing on overall well-being, and Choice Architecture, a principle that guides decision-making within educational spaces. Additionally, we'll discuss how Self-Determination Theory can be applied to inspire intrinsic motivation in students.

This workshop is an essential forum for seasoned architects and educators looking to gain a fresh perspective on the next frontier in educational space design. Equip yourself with this transformative knowledge and take an active role in shaping the future of learning environments.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the Role of Neuroscience in Architectural Design: Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of Neuroarchitecture and how neuroscience can inform the design of educational spaces for optimized learning and emotional well-being.
  2. Explore Nature-Inspired Design Principles: Attendees will learn the fundamentals of Biophilic Design, understanding how incorporating natural elements into educational environments can promote creativity, reduce stress, and improve overall well-being.
  3. Learn to Prioritize Health and Well-Being: The seminar will provide insights into Salutogenic Design, teaching participants how to create spaces that focus on enhancing overall physical, psychological, and social health rather than merely preventing disease.
  4. Grasp the Impact of Decision-Making in Design: Participants will be introduced to the concept of Choice Architecture and learn how thoughtful design can influence decision-making and behaviors within educational settings, fostering an environment conducive to effective learning and intrinsic motivation.
Prakash Nair, AIA
Prakash Nair, AIA
Founding President & CEO | Education Design International

Prakash is a world-renowned architect, futurist and the Founding President & CEO of Education Design International. Over the past 20 years, Prakash has helped build EDI into the global leader for school design with innovative work in 54 countries on six continents. He has won many international awards including the 2022 Outstanding Educational Leadership Award and the A4LE MacConnell Award.

Prakash has written dozens of articles in leading education journals, and he has written three books. His first book, The Language of School Design is used as a textbook on school design at leading universities. His book, Blueprint for Tomorrow: Redesigning Schools for Student-Centered Learning was published by Harvard Education Press and has already become the industry gold standard for innovative school design worldwide.

Prakash served as an instructor for Harvard X “Leaders of Learning”, an online course that lets you explore and understand your own theories of learning and leadership. More than 280,000 people from around the world registered for and attended this course.

Parul Minhas
Dr. Parul Minhas
Director of Research & Digital Innovation | Education Design International

Dr. Parul Minhas is known for her groundbreaking research in learning environments that foster student health and well-being. She spearheads the development of various EDI APPS with a focus on educational excellence. She collaborates with Prakash Nair on influential studies in school design. Her research and keynote presentations on neuroarchitecture and biophilic design have garnered global acclaim. She is widely published, has authored several A4LE White Papers and is a co-editor of the book titled, A New Language of School Design, to be published in October 2023. 

Track: Resiliency

This track focuses on Resiliency and addresses how learning environments support the development of students and communities that have the strength and flexibility to withstand adversity and adapt to change. The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the essential role that schools have in stabilizing communities during a time of crisis. How do schools support the development of strong community culture among teachers and students? How do schools foster physical and mental health and wellness to ensure all are ready and supported to learn? How do we create learning environments that are strong in intent yet adaptable to change? How do we learn from what does not work and further, learn to take risks daily to expand our comfort zone? What can we learn from research and our responses to past events to inform how to build toward a resilient future where we can withstand what crises and challenges the future brings? Topic areas, seen through the lenses of both Art and Science, include sustainability, physical and mental health, community, school climate and culture, safety, and security.

Primary Core Competency
Design of Educational Facilities: Acts as a resource to the design team in providing ongoing guidance and support to ensure that the emerging and ultimate design aligns with the established community vision, education goals, future programming, written design standards, best/next practices and education policy.

LearningSCAPES 2023

October 12-15 | Hilton Chicago

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