Shrinking Educational SPACE: A Launch from the Knowledge Gained from Gathering, Proxemics, Personas and Decluttering

Room: D137-138

Audience: Architects, Engineers, Specialized Consultants, Facilities Personnel, Educators, School Administrators, Educational Policymakers, Community Stakeholders

Call to Action: Through the realization of the key focus of change, attendees will receive a vast amount of no cost or low cost actions to begin the successful transformation of their personalized journeys. The clarity of how we gather directs critical decision making for success.

Abstract: Leaning on last year’s successful conversations and interactive demonstrations surrounding the 5 personas of the learner, the core insight of how we gather in highly collaborative environments, we intend on sharing the successes of our continued research within a variety of educational environments. With this heightened knowledge of these unique insights along with a guideline for professional development of all stakeholders we are seeing a dynamic shift of success when the directive of the educator’s state… “We fully intend on changing teaching and learning in our new spaces.” In this workshop we will share a variety of our recent case studies where we push against the statis quo of physical space by the successful weaving in of the printed mission, vision, values and goals of a school community. We will discuss concepts like the hard substitution of the HOW for the WHY, understanding what the most important attributes of space are as well as the deep discoveries of how massively diverse or learners are. This hands-on workshop is a summary observational research specifically designed to explore the relationships of the critical factors that contribute to creating transformational learning environments. Moreover, this workshop will examine how agile spaces prioritize flexibility, adaptability, and collaboration, and how these principles can be integrated into the design of all educational spaces. By the end of this workshop, attendees will have a deep understanding of the relationship between the key factors that contribute to creating successful transformational learning environments. This body of work not only revolves around over 50 years of combined educational observations and research but also dives into the challenges and discoveries of the presenter’s journeys which have been enhanced with by power of a designer and an educator uniting to challenge all things school.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Apply the key concepts of proxemics, cultural relevance, and agile spaces to the design of collaborative spaces in their own educational setting in order to promote student-centered learning and success for teachers in implementing student-centered practices.
  2. Learn about the principles of agile spaces and their benefits in promoting engagement, productivity, and creativity as well as inclusion, agency and well-being in educational settings.
  3. Describe the impact of proxemics on creativity, innovation, and teamwork in collaborative spaces.
  4. Gain an understanding of the relationship between cultural relevance and proxemics in the design of inclusive and supportive learning environments.
David A. Stubbs II
David A. Stubbs II
CEO, David Stubbs Design

Founder of David Stubbs Design, David is the creator of award-winning educational furniture solutions that continue to be instrumental in transformations within the educational marketplace worldwide. David designed Shift+, the first holistic and reconfigurable array of educational furniture components. From his work in public school facilities, his passion focuses on the social/emotional and physical requirements of our stakeholder’s supporting manufacturer’s, designers, and school communities from the disruptive approach to design. David is not only an innovator, researcher, creator, and designer, he is also a writer, consultant, advisor, and speaker. Check out his most recent systematic solutions; SPACE by VS and his new book, “Hinge and Pivot: Transforming learning through physical SPACE.” David can be contacted or visit

Jill Ackers
Jill Ackers
Director of Education, VS America

Jill is a distinguished expert in educational design, working with architects and designers to transform learning environments across the U.S. and globally. With almost three decades of experience, she champions innovative, collaborative spaces that enhance learning and adapt to future needs. Acknowledged for her thought leadership and impactful projects, Jill continues to shape the intersection of architecture and education, driving change and fostering environments where students and educators thrive.

Core Competency

Educational Visioning
Exhibits an understanding of best and next practices related to educational leadership, programming, teaching, learning, planning and facility design. Establishes credibility with educators, community members and design professionals while conceiving and leading a community-based visioning process. Demonstrates the ability to articulate the impact of learning environments on teaching and learning and uses that ability to facilitate a dialogue that uncovers the unique needs and long-range goals of an educational institution and its stakeholders – translating that into an actionable written/graphic program of requirements for the design practitioner.

LearningSCAPES 2024 Conference in Portland, Oregon


Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Portland, OR 97232


October 16-19, 2024


+1 480.391.0840