The End of Average Schools


1:30 PM – 2:30 PM


Are you average? Is anyone? Over time we have learned to compare ourselves, our kids, our friends, our business and our personal life against a marker deemed as “average”. But what exactly is “average” and why are we measured against it? And why are schools being planned and design to exceed this very vague term? We are constantly judged against the measuring stick of average, whether in tests, grades or competitions. However, we know we are all different, and this basis of measurement that is so ingrained in our brains is not real. The average one size fits all mentality ignores the nuances that make us all special and unique, leading many of our actions to mediocrity. We know this has to stop. Building on the research found in the book “The End of Average” by Todd Rose, we will explore the math and science behind the fallacy of average and look at alternative to understanding individuals through three principles of individuality. This understanding will then be applied to the planning and design of schools and educational facilities. Planning and designing schools can become so much more than a learning stair and a collaboration space. Looking at school design through the filter of each individual teacher and student can lead to vibrant, diverse, unique settings that leave behind the “average” expectations. If we can apply the match and science principles found in humans to school planning and design, we can put an end to status quo and design schools that transcend traditional measuring tools. We will share what we continue to see as “average” in school design, as well as share examples of exemplary design that is individual focused. The session also welcomes all participants bringing their examples of innovative, student centered designs that help put an end to the word “average”.

#1: Understand the basic definition of average and how it is not a realistic tool for measure.
#2: Learn about the math and science that makes humans not average
#3: Understand the principles of individuality and their application to school planning and design
#4: Learn about innovative design ideas that elevate the learning environment and learning experience

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.

Educational Visioning: Exhibits an understanding of best and next practices related to educationalleadership, 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.

Irene Nigaglioni, President, IN2 ARCHITECTURE, INC.
Irene is president of IN2 Architecture – an architecture and planning firm dedicated to the planning and design of educational facilities. IN2 Architecture is a full -service firm offering planning, programming, and architectural design services for a wide variety of project types, with specific expertise in the area of educational design. Founded in 2017 and providing services from its office in Dallas, TX, IN2 is recognized both locally and nationally for design that is evidence based so it focuses on end user experience, while demonstrating sustainable design practices and inspired aesthetics. IN2 is also known for its relentless client service, and its passion for creating long lasting partnerships with its clients. Irene is an international leader in designing educational environments. The foundation of her success is Irene’s own love of learning, which drives her to say abreast of the latest trends in school design and ensures her client’s buildings incorporate the latest instructional, curriculum and technology advances. As a result, she creates innovative learning spaces that are designed with student success in mind. Irene’s fascination with the role of design in creating successful learning experiences inspired her to found IN2 Architecture. As President, Irene is involved in all aspects of a project, including visioning, programming, master planning, schematic design, design development, construction documents and contract administration. Irene is also on the faculty of the Advanced Academy for Learning Environments, where her course focuses on Educational Project Implementation. She also recently launched a new course, “Vibrant Learning Environments” where she helps student connect pedagogy with the built environment.

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