FRIDAY | OCTOBER 30, 2020
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
With the reality of climate change, we are gifted the opportunity to be creative. To help schools be leaders of innovation, where sites and buildings help create an environment for regenerative and positive change, both socially and environmentally. School is a place where students are encouraged to explore, discover and grow physically, mentally and academically. We’ve asked ourselves: What if the building and surrounding site/community could be designed as a learning tool and integrated into curriculum? What if the building taught children about energy use and production? What if the architecture immersed students in the social and environmental needs of this generation? Join us to learn about how Cuningham Group identified an opportunity to help districts, administration and teachers articulate their values and goals relative to the broad umbrella of sustainability. Members of our team will discuss how the creation of a new process, including a sustainability/well-being survey and an interactive regenerative design workshop, has helped districts envision how their schools may contribute to the larger societal and environmental needs of their community. Through an interactive workshop, participants will be introduced to different areas of regenerative design and asked to prioritize interventions as it relates to their goals. In practice, this process is used to inform next steps from both a design and a financial standpoint, where districts galvanize around these central visions to help maintain a strong focus as the design develops.
#1: Help participants envision how their schools contribute to the larger society and environmental needs of their communities.
#2: Teach the fundamental differences between regenerative design strategies versus sustainable design strategies.
#3: Guide them in understanding the elements needed to implement a successful process – understand role of goal setting and establishing vision and values with a group of both district and community members.
#4: Help participants identify potential next steps for their districts as it relates to regenerative approaches identified in the workshop.
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.
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.
Jennifer Garman, AIA, Architect, Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
Jennifer is an Architect with Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. She brings a holistic design approach to each project she is involved in. Her passion is to create ecologically-mindful buildings that provide a greater connection to nature and improved well-being. From early conceptual design and programming through construction details, she articulates this approach in interior/exterior relationships, outdoor learning opportunities, daylight and energy performance, and using the building as a teaching tool.
John Pfluger, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP®, Principal, Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
John is a Principal at Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. and serves as a Design Principal in the firm’s education studio. Central to John’s design approach is his personal commitment to achieving creative, sustainable design results that enhance our clients’ goals through a highly-inclusive process. John’s reputation as a designer has led him to national recognition in school design including the award-winning Pathways Innovation Center in Casper, Wyoming, and the Alexandria Area High School in Alexandria, Minnesota.
Paul Hutton, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP® BD+C, Chief Sustainability Officer, Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
Paul is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc. and has dedicated his career to integrating sustainable building strategies with creative design. He is a recognized expert in sustainable schools and daylighting, using it as a primary tool to reduce energy use and to improve occupant well-being in all his projects. Paul was an early advocate of the LEED system and his projects have scored many firsts, including the first LEED Gold School in Aspen, Colorado. Paul is an active member of the design community.