Innovate, Iterate, Prototype: How failing fast can generate engaging and effective learning environments.

Our multidisciplinary presentation team of a superintendent, a planner, and two architects will demonstrate a variety of techniques in design thinking with real world case studies of how these processes produced effective and engaging learning environments for a range of activities and ages; from early childhood through middle school and high school. The first case study will explain how design thinking led to a renovated early childhood center. The second will focus on the creation of a cutting-edge STREAM Lab within the confines of an outdated natatorium. The third will include the design process for visioning and community engagement for a new performing arts and indoor athletic facility for a middle school and high school.

Gregory Monberg, AIA, ALEP, Director of Architecture, Wightman;

Tony Lieninger, President, CARMI Design;

David Eichberg, Superintendent, Berrien Springs Public Schools


OBJ #1  Describe how design thinking can lead to improved engagement from a community visioning group.

OBJ #2  Understand how rapid prototyping can streamline the design process and create unexpected solutions.

OBJ #3  Define the steps needed for design thinking to be productive in creating an effective and engaging learning environment.

OBJ #4  Contrast the different paths in design thinking to develop a successful outcome for varying age levels and differing educational programs.