Redesigning Schools For the Fourth Industrial Revolution


2:45 PM – 5:00 PM


There is no historical reference for the exponential pace at which the Fourth Industrial Revolution is evolving. Its profound influence is being felt in every field from artificial intelligence and robotics to nanotechnology, 3D printing, materials science and quantum computing. Like every other field, education will experience the disruptive power of this revolution in dramatic and unpredictable ways. In this scenario of unprecedented change, school construction expenditures provide the perfect opportunity to rethink existing models and serve as a catalyst to transition to new methods for teaching and learning that take advantage of today’s highly networked and connected world. Session participants will gain specific knowledge and understanding of factors to consider when designing K-12 schools for the emerging new model of education. Specifically, they will be introduced to four basic Design Principles:
1. Schools should be welcoming (safe, nurturing and encouraging good citizenship)
2. Buildings should be dynamic and versatile so learning can be personalized
3. They should support multiple modalities of learning and be especially attuned to new learning technologies
4. Schools should send positive messages that build community.

The above four Design Principles are needed to support six essential Educational Strategies as follows:
1. Student-Centered Learning
2. Teacher Collaboration
3. Positive School Climate
4. Technology Integration
5. Flexible Scheduling
6. Connection to the Environment and Global Network

In a world where learning can no longer be defined, quantified, controlled and mass-produced, the overwhelming majority of schools and, by extension, school facilities, have to evolve and adapt to the changing world into which our children will graduate.

#1: Learn about specific, environmentally conscious, cost-effective design and construction strategies. Apply these strategies to your own work with both public and private school clients.
#2: Understand and be able to design schools that are driven by the latest research in the world of education and neurology – brain-based learning.
#3: Acquire and develop good interior design skills optimized to yield the best learning outcomes – skills that can be applied in the field while planning and designing K-12 learning environments.
#4: Come away with a sound understanding of the essential foundational elements of good school design – and you can utilize this understanding to move schools and school districts away from the traditional and obsolete school buildings that still dominate the educational landscape and toward healthier, more sustainable and functional designs.

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.

Prakash Nair

Prakash Nair

President & CEO, Education Design International
Prakash Nair is the Founding President & CEO of Education Design International. He has won the A4LE MacConnell Award and authored three books on school design including Blueprint for Tomorrow published by Harvard Education Press. He has served as a keynote presenter at numerous international events including EduTech Australia where he addressed a group of 7,000 attendees, conducted four A4LE webinars and served as an instructor on a Harvard EDx Course with over 148,000 registrants.

Ronit Zimmer Doctori

Ronit Zimmer Doctori

Principal Architect & Studio Head, Education Design International
Ronit Zimmer Doctori is a Principal Architect and co-author of the highly acclaimed book on school design titled, Learning by Design. Roni has conducted workshops, presented keynote conference talks and delivered a full-day Masterclass on school design in various countries including Australia and Canada. Roni has collaborated on innovative educational projects in Australia, Canada, India, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Timor Leste and the United States. 

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