Cutting Edge Scandinavian Schools: A Design Research Mission

ABSTRACT: 
How does the design of learning environments support the academic success of the student?     In 2018 Max received a travel grant from the Colorado Chapter of the AIA to study ten contemporary schools throughout Finland, Sweden, and Denmark.  Set in a rich history of design excellence, Scandinavian architects and educators are enabled to explore revolutionary concepts in learning environments that enhance the academic success of students. These countries have consistently ranked amongst the top 25 countries in the world based on data from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).    Through conversations with Administrators, teachers, and designers Max sought to study the elements of contemporary school design that support such high achieving academics while creating beautiful, sustainable environments.    The classroom that we grew up in has been replaced with flexible spaces that honor individual learning, embrace collaboration, and invite the community in.     This session will take the audience on a tour of the best academic buildings in Scandinavia highlighting successful design strategies based on the following criteria:
–  Innovative learning environments.
–  Connection to the community.
–  Integration of sustainability: environmental, social, or psychological

SPEAKERS: 
Max McCloskey, Architect, Humphries Poli Architects;

 

OBJ #1  At the end of this program, participants will be able to execute the design elements that contribute to highly effective learning environments.

OBJ #2  At the end of this program, participants will be able to illustrate to their clients security solutions in school design that are effective and aesthetically sophisticated.

OBJ #3  At the end of this program, participants will be able to measure the benefits indoor air quality and natural light have on the academic and emotional success of children.

OBJ #4  At the end of this program, participants will be able to lead the design of a school that is based on the clients pedagogy.