1 LU / HSW
In a world cluttered by extraneous information, clarity is power. In theory, anybody can join this debate about the future of education, schools, and our humanity, but it is so hard to maintain a clear vision. We may not notice this debate happening around us every day as most of us cannot afford the luxury of investigating as we spend our day taking care of our families and earning a paycheck. However, if this future is decided in our absence because we are too busy, we will not be exempt from the consequences. This is unfair, but unfortunately, life is not always fair. This session will offer clarity in this debate about the future of schools and the significant forces that are at play that are informing the future of humanity and education.
Let’s come together and imagine a place where humans big and small can bring crazy love, joy, energy, and warmth as a power of true connections and purpose.
Nandita is a Market Sector Leader at Wightman & Associates, focusing on educational planning, design, and project management of K-12 educational facilities. She is a thought leader in the field of K-12 facility planning and a certified educational planner with A4LE, where she is a past Chapter President. Nandita is also involved with the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education. Her work is supported by her teaching background.
This track addresses the Response to real-world events and experiences that impact our daily life and our ability to function normally and be productive. The response to these occurrences is reflected in the learning environments we create and leads to the question – how can schools respond to real-world crises in a way that supports the well-being of occupants and our students' learning journey? How do we respond with approaches and strategies that may be used to balance the inability and lack of needed financial resources to address deficiencies within our learning environments’ infrastructure? Topics expand on the Art approach to the theme, but also include Science in the form of findings and outcomes through case studies and examples of successful responses to real-world conditions and events such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, declining student enrollment, economics, equity, and other topics.
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.