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Inspired By Design  

Boris Srdar, FAIA, Principal 

Lauren Scranton, Knowledge & Innovation Leader

Laura Kazmierczak, Designer 


Domains: Learning

Course Level: Expert

Learning Units: 1 LU/HSW

Room: A703

Saturday, October 28, 2017 @ 3:15 pm

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In recent years, we have made great advances in designing our schools to serve as teaching tools and to provide flexible spaces that foster project based learning. With such a strong focus on helping progressive pedagogies, have we put aside or neglected the ability of architecture to simply create inspiring spaces to elicit the curiosity and wonder ultimately needed for true learning and growing? Susan Cain's book 'Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking' emphatically reveals important needs of up to a half of population who are introverts, clearly presenting an added challenge to our school designs to successfully address needs of all the students. By combining five specific biophilic principles we can create experientially supportive spaces, address the needs of all students and staff, and create even more thoughtful learning environments. Visual connection and nonvisual connection with nature offer multiple appeals to our senses while helping to restore focus and concentration. Careful implementation of prospect and refuge principles can increase a students' sense of security while creating an experientially rich and varied spatial environment that is supportive to extroverts and introverts alike. A healthy sense of mystery, created through well planned spatial discovery, can motivate curiosity and discovery as users move through the school on a daily basis. The presentation will highlight research findings of the benefits of biophilia in addressing a variety of human emotions and their influence in the learning environment. Analysis will explain both international and domestic examples that have explored these principals in school architecture.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Attendees will understand the psychological needs of the introverts and how they relate to educational needs  
  2. Presentation will illuminate research finding of 5 biophilic principles and their impact on our behavior   
  3. Attendees will learn about the ways we can approach progressive educational philosophy in the way that is inspiring to the students of all learning predispositions
  4. Review of notable international and domestic school examples will inform the attendees how biophilic principles can help to address needs of all students and staff, introverts and extroverts alike, and contribute to an inspiring learning environment for all