2017-10-04

Improved Learning By Design: The Importance of Architecture in Building Schools

Community Design projects are an important part of what we do at Studio Design Group Architects. We believe our designs make a real impact in our own backyard. More and more data suggests that architecture can play a pivotal role in improving the quality of education. Applying architectural principles, effective learning environments can be collaborative, sustainable, flexible, and filled with daylight. Unfortunately, the majority of classrooms in the United States were designed as “cells and bells”, an aging model that doesn’t serve a wide variety of learning styles. Here at Studio Design Group Architects we’re happy to see more creative strategies emerging to meet the modern needs of both students and educators:


Flexibility

We recognize that individuals learn best in different ways, so why should design be fixed?

Innovative school design is about developing different spaces to meet an array of unique learning needs. Flexible design options including movable walls are proven to positively influence student learning and encourage creative problem solving. Educational spaces designed for active learning (think movement and collaboration) may also result in higher student achievement.


Natural Light

Natural lighting and artificial lighting impact a space differently. From warm white to cool white and full-spectrum fluorescent, the quality and quantity of light influences the perception of comfort in particular space. The fact is students not only perform better under more natural lighting, but it can increase their ability to concentrate and make for a happier emotional environment.


Going Green

Sustainability in school design is a beautiful thing. Beyond teaching kids about the importance of environmental stewardship, green design can help schools save resources while benefitting learners. According to the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council, green design can lower water costs and overall health costs while improving teacher retention.


Studio Design Group Architect’s School Projects:

Mission College Preparatory High School:

http://sdgarchitects.com/projects/mission-college-...

Valley View Adventist Academy:

http://sdgarchitects.com/projects/valley-view-adve...

Architecture has the power to improve learning. You’re invited to learn more about our community design projects on our website and we welcome your call at (805) 541-3848.

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