The Equity Project: Can a School in 2070 Fix Inequality and Truly Be Inclusive to All?

Association for Learning Environments (A4LE)

1 LU / HSW

Schools today are at the center of every community. They are dealing with many more issues then just education, athletics and fine arts. They are a reflection of our society and as such are dealing with many other issues like:

  • Racial and Social Justice
  • Economic Disparity
  • Disabilities Inclusion
  • Food Insecurity
  • Obesity and Mental Health
  • Security (built and digital)
  • Extreme weather events
  • Immigration
  • Homelessness
  • And many others

In this session our intent is to open an honest dialogue on how all of these issues (and others) can be addressed now and how can we design a school then in 50 years will respond and try to solve these issues. By identifying those issues, we can start to create a new school prototype and by aiming to resolve these issues we can even start to implement those responses today. Our schools in 2070 will probably be a hybrid teaching model (at school and at home), thus the requirement for classrooms might go down but we believe that there will be many other needs of equity and inclusions that will necessitate the physical space to provide:

  • Food Distribution and Child Nutrition
  • Community Gathering Hubs
  • Early Childhood Centers
  • Counseling and Health Clinics
  • Media Centers for all
  • Social Safe Places
  • Temporary Housing Centers
  • Extreme Weather Shelters
  • And many more

So please join us for a lively and interactive open discussion on how to address all of these issues to help shape our future schools so that they can be an active part of trying to be a more just and inclusive society.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify current and future equity and inclusive issues and discuss how we can address them in the built environment.
  2. Explore how do we need to modify or create in our schools specific areas that close that respond to the equity and inclusive issues.
  3. Develop strategies on how to being to close those gaps with innovative and “out-of-the-box” design solutions.
  4. Apply those ideas to design a brand new school of the future that is a just and equal beacon of our communities and/or apply those ideas to start to implement those changes today!

Jorge Tiscareno, Design Principal, PBK Architects
As a Principal at PBK, Jorge guides projects through architectural programming, design conception and design development. He is involved in every phase of design of a project coordinating and incorporating design intent into construction documentation. Jorge brings a practical, client-focused perspective to architectural challenges that support client expectations. Jorge’s present work spans across Texas and state lines, establishing a diverse portfolio of corporate, educational and athletic facilities. His educational projects have achieved numerous awards along with national recognition

Linda Macias, Ed. D., Chief Academic Officer / Associate Superintendent, Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District
Dr. Macias has 30 years of experience in education. She began her career as a bilingual teacher in HISD and CFISD. She then served as CFISD’s bilingual/ESL coordinator, followed as the director for curriculum and instruction for special populations and then as the assistant superintendent for elementary instruction. Currently she is the Chief Academic Officer in CFISD. She received her Bachelor of Science from Sam Houston State University and her Master of Education from Prairie View A&M University. She received her Doctorate in Professional Leadership from the University of Houston in 2011

Roy Sprague, AIA, CSI, ALEP, NCARB, LE Fellow, Chief Operations Officer / Associate Superintendent, Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District
Roy is a registered Architect and Interior Designer in Texas with over 38 years of experience in facilities and construction. He has overseen the design and construction of over $3.5 billion of new construction and renovations of K-12 educational and support facilities for CFISD the third largest school district in the state of Texas and the 23rd largest district in the nation where is currently the Chief Operations Office. He became an A4LE Fellow in 2019. 

Association for Learning Environments (A4LE)

LearningSCAPES 2021

October 14-17
Hyatt Regency | Denver, CO