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School Architecture for the New Generation

Architecture bounds its way into the classroom.

With K-12 education being an ever-changing and evolving giant, the structure of American schools must adapt to meet the needs of the next generation of students.

The traditional classroom model is severely outdated and doesn’t consider any technological advances or generational differences. Having rows of desks with the teacher-centred approach is longer the best way to prepare students for the future. Instead, schools are moving towards a more learner-centred approach, with flexible spaces that can support a variety of teaching and learning styles.

School Architecture

Providing core learning environments that meet the needs of education providers requires strict dedication and research. Each school is different, has unique methods and will have its own distinct requirements.

So let’s dive into the key trends that are paving the way for K-12 architectural design.

Technology Integration

As technology advances, we’re seeing the younger generations adapt like a duck to water. Technology is providing new phases of learning, and integrating this into the education system is a must-have. This means having access to reliable Wi-Fi throughout the building, as well as providing students with access to computers and other devices. This could also be in the form of installing video conferencing hardware, mics, projectors etc, providing students with the opportunity to attend workshops and webinars from professionals across the globe.

Flexible Spaces

It’s time for adaptability to take centre stage. Multi-purpose spaces are the stepping-stones for interactive learning. This includes any spaces with the ability to reconfigure to support different learning activities. From movable walls, furniture that can be easily rearranged, and multiple breakout spaces for small group work and individual learning. In the Netherlands, Agora are taking this trend one step further, abolishing individual classrooms entirely for a fully interactive flexible space. Are Agora leaps and bounds ahead in the school innovation game?

Collaboration, Social Interaction and Wellness.

Schools are recognizing the importance of collaboration and social interaction for learning. This is leading to the design of spaces that promote these activities, such as common areas, student lounges, and outdoor learning areas. Adequate rest spaces play a substantial role in the development of students, taking a break provides numerous advantages, from energising and reducing stress levels.

Wellness is another hot topic for schools, the need for these facilities have become more prominent than ever. When working to create spaces to support physical and mental health, natural light, fresh air and green spaces are all factors to consider in modern school designs.

Sustainable Architecture

Schools are putting a spotlight on sustainability, which is being reflected in the design of their buildings. Rooms with natural light offer energy efficient lighting options with some education facilities taking sustainability to the next level with their use of recycled materials. With programmes like the green schools movement, sustainability is more than just a topic to teach but also for schools to implement. This could be in the form of using renewable energy, encouraging bio-diversity in the area, creating homes for various flora and fauna and providing sustainable travel options for students, this could be in the form of bicycle sheds and related schemes.

What does this mean for students and teachers?

Schools that are designed with the future in mind will create a more supportive and engaging learning environment. For students, they’ll have access to the resources and spaces they need to learn in the way that works best for them. And for our dedicated Teachers, they’ll be able to use a variety of teaching methods and create learning experiences that are tailored to the individual needs of their students.

The future of K-12 architectural design is gleaming under the mustard BE spotlight. So if you’re an Architect looking to step into the world of educational architecture then reach out to our team. Specialist Recruitment Consultants for all things Architectural Design.



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