The Building Blocks of Transformative Change

Association for Learning Environments (A4LE)

1 LU

Historical precedence places us on the precipice of transformative change in education and the built environment. A long period of innovation awaits, but are we prepared? The answer is yes! While designing the systems and environments to withstand a pandemic weren't at the forefront, perhaps we did foresee the need for adaptability in a society that has a limitless infrastructure for knowledge. Consider, what building blocks were in place that allowed school districts to thrive this past year; what building blocks were missing that inhibited others from doing the same—technology, space, training, a common language, etc? How can we anticipate what’s next and build the blocks (over time) to support it? This session explores design solutions at multiple K-12 schools that have responded to “disruptive forces” from within education, from a technological advancement or from change in society. What was the catalyst, how was information (concrete and conceptual) harnessed, and what building blocks were put in place that will allow the facilities to adapt to change today and over the next 50 years? We will provide a forum for presentation, attendee feedback and conversation, and a multi-media approach.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand features of the built environment that support dynamic change.
  2. Understand features of education and educational delivery that support transformation.
  3. Explore our role as architects and educators in bringing ideas to the forefront, establishing credibility around those ideas and supporting broad adoption (such as virtual learning and AI).
  4. Explore elements of a creative process that focus on what can be achieved in a present and future that is dynamic.

Kerri Brady, AIA, ALEP, Vice President of Educational Practice, Huckabee
Kerri focuses on educational planning, educational research, school safety / security and change management. She helps clients shape the learning experience by facilitating in-depth conversations and explorations on vision, curriculum and space. Kerri is currently leading the charge to rewrite the School Facility Standards for the State of Texas and serves on the board of directors for the Texas School Safety Center. She also plays an important leadership role in the LEx Collaborative, a partnership between Huckabee, ESC Region 12 and Baylor University that focuses on educational research and the built environment’s impact on student success. Most recently, Kerri co-authored an international book about the role of Career and Technical Education in 21st century learning. 

Association for Learning Environments (A4LE)

LearningSCAPES 2021

October 14-17
Hyatt Regency | Denver, CO