Future-Proofing: STEM Spaces for Current & Future Generations

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM


How can we best design facilities to support specific STEM instruction but also be ready for future adaptations of technology and programs? How can we best prepare students for STEM careers when these careers may not even exist yet? Examine STEM education spaces at different scales from K-12, beginning with tinker – maker spaces at the Kinder level, focus on the critical high school development at small private school, small public school, and large public school, with an eye toward preparing students to excel in higher-education STEM fields, looking at examples of college level STEM buildings.

#1: Define key terms including: STEM/STEAM/STREAM, PBL, NGSS, PLTW, and design-thinking; there is a wide spectrum of STEM – it can mean many things & curricula will vary from school to school
#2: Compare/Contrast what makes a successful STEAM education space versus a traditional classroom environment
#3: Discover ways to “future-proof” the built environment by designing with flexibility in mind
#4: Identify key design features that support flexibility and adapt to future changes

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 Facility Pre-Design Planning: Manages a master planning process that combines educational planning, facilities assessment and utilization, demographic research, capital planning and educational specifications with a community-based vision to establish a plan for learning environments. This includes the ability to translate existing or aspirational instructional models to specific programming and spatial relationships.   

Emily Koch, ALEP, Lead Designer, LPA
Emily has dedicated her career to the research and understanding of how we learn to influence how we design. Emily is a Project Designer at LPA where she leads an integrated process of research-based design with a team of architects and engineers across LPA's office locations. Her focus on facility planning is paralleled with an interest in user experience of space, resulting in award winning projects across the state of California. 

Jomay Liao, ALEP, Project Manager, LPA
An A4LE Advanced Academy graduate, Jomay has dedicated her career to educational facilities planning and architectural project management. Jomay has been with LPA for 15 years and has led district-wide Facility Master Planning processes and facilitated steering committees, community engagement activities, educational user group and operations and maintenance committee meetings. As an Educational Facility Planner, she has assisted districts in developing educational program vision and standards, design guidelines and conceptual master plan programming. 

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