The Better Learning Podcast focuses on improvement at all levels of K-12 education. It features discussions with education leaders. industry experts, and changemakers covering various aspects of the learning experience.

The podcast provides valuable insights and practical advice to break down the silos of education and actively drive change!

 

 

June 26, 2024

In this episode of the Better Learning Podcast, host Kevin Stoller engages in a riveting conversation with Regan Shields Ives, the Principal and Studio leader for educational projects at Finegold Alexander Architects. This episode delves into the nuanced world of school design, reflecting on Regan's journey and her deep commitment to creating educational spaces that foster a sense of community and support for students, teachers, and administrators.

Regan's path to becoming an architect was paved by her traditional school experiences in the 80s and 90s, where individualized learning was the norm, and collaborative opportunities were scarce. Her early fascination with building and design naturally steered her towards architecture, where she could merge her passions for education and design.

The conversation sheds light on the significant evolution in school design. Moving away from rigid, traditional structures, modern school design now emphasizes student-centered, collaborative, and personalized learning environments. Regan discusses how Finegold Alexander Architects are at the forefront of this shift, crafting spaces that encourage interaction and creativity.

 

Takeaways:

  • The evolution of school design involves a shift towards student-centered, collaborative, and personalized learning environments.
  • Community engagement is crucial in school projects, and diverse voices, including students, educators, and the community, contribute to the design process.
  • The impact of technology on architecture is still evolving, with the potential for AI to play a role in design processes.
  • The legacy of architectural work is reflected in the involvement of diverse voices and the community's recognition in the design of school spaces. The importance of creating educational spaces that provide a conducive environment for students to thrive.
  • The role of furniture in facilitating pedagogical change and the need for early engagement with furniture dealers in the school design process.
  • The emergence of new educational models and the resilience of students in diverse learning environments. 

 

Regan has worked on numerous public and private K-12 learning spaces throughout the greater New England area, including Eliot Innovation School, Gibbs School, and Leicester Middle School.

She is passionate about design for education and creating spaces that are welcoming, safe, and inspiring. She is also an advocate and thought leader in restoring and preserving our historic buildings, including adapting them for new, contemporary uses.

 

 

Sound Bites to Ponder:

"When the community sees themselves in the school and feels as though they were part of it, that's what it's about."

"It's all about the furniture."

 

 

Follow on Regan Shields Ives on Social Media:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/regan-shields-ives-aia-leed-ap-aa291147/

Website: https://www.faainc.com/

   

 

Learn more about creating better learning environments at www.Kay-Twelve.com.

Kevin Stoller is the host of the Better Learning Podcast and Co-Founder of Kay-Twelve, a national leader for educational furniture. Find out more about Kevin at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinstoller/.

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Episode 184 of the Better Learning Podcast

Kevin Stoller is the host of the Better Learning Podcast and Co-Founder of Kay-Twelve, a national leader for educational furniture. Learn more about creating better learning environments at www.Kay-Twelve.com.

 

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Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) - https://www.a4le.org/
Education Leaders' Organization - https://www.ed-leaders.org/
Second Class Foundation - https://secondclassfoundation.org/
EDmarket - https://www.edmarket.org/

 

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