Listening to Students: Strategies for Successful Student Engagement in the Design Process

3:30 PM
 4:30 PM


Students are the most important stakeholder voice, yet they are often left out of the campus design process. If students are brought into the process in an organized, targeted approach, their unbiased perspective and ideas will inspire the program, concepts, and spatial relationships to develop spaces that work better for students and educators. Students don’t have to “find their voice” in the process--they already have a voice, we just need to listen. This session will cover student engagement strategies for all ages of learners – including design camps, surveys, observation, experience-mapping and student-led workshops, as well as examples of student-authored elements that helped elevate the effectiveness of campus design.

#1: Learn why student input is valuable to the design process.
#2: Discover student engagement strategies and ideas to implement on future design projects.
#3: Identify potential impediments to student engagement and solutions to resolve them.
#4: Experience the output from prior student-engagement efforts in completed design projects.

Community Engagement: Leads the internal and external communities through a discovery process that articulates and communicates a community-based foundational vision, forming the basis of a plan for the design of the learning environment. The vision is achieved through a combination of rigorous research, group facilitation, strategic conversations, qualitative and quantitative surveys and workshops. Demonstrates the skill to resolve stakeholder issues while embedding a community's unique vision into the vision for its schools.

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.

Kate Mraw, LPA Design Studios
An ALEP and an Interior Designer with LPA, Kate brings more than 15 years of educational design experience and knowledge to every project. She provides thought leadership in the process of planning, programming and design for next generation educational environments through an alignment of pedagogy, people and place. She leads the design process through stakeholder engagement and envisioning, focusing on human experience and health and wellness. 

Dr. Julie Cramer, Vice-President, Wayfind Education
Dr. Julie Zoellin Cramer is the founder and vice-president of Wayfind Education. As an education research consultant, Dr. Cramer is dedicated to the development of deeper learning environments to help all students find their place of impact in the world. As a school design strategist, she works with integrated design firms, districts and schools to align learning and teaching goals with physical learning spaces.

Cecilia Gutierrez, RID, LPA Design Studios
Cecilia an interior design coordinator, is responsible for the refinement of design concepts and ideas. She approaches the design process with an inquisitive mindset - asking questions, researching, and understanding how people behave in their environment to develop a concept that meets their needs. Cecilia focuses on understanding client’s needs, goals, and values. Through the design process, she will ensure that a design solution successfully meets or exceeds all the goals of the project.

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