School Design

Future Focused Schools

Future-Focused Schools

Emma Fischer, RA, LEED AP BD+C

Dr. Bill Daggett gave a speech about how our education systems should evolve as technology and the job market have. This involves prioritizing the teaching of “non-cognitive skills,” or values like responsibility, initiative, perseverance, and adaptability.

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Philip Poinelli

Thinking Outside the Box

Philip Poinelli, FAIA, ALEP, LEED AP, MCPPO

SMMA’s Phil Poinelli recently sat down with The Huffington Post to discuss the firm’s successful integration of a center for senior citizens into the design of Swampscott High School. That interview is transcribed as follows.

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Videos for Discussion of 21st Century Teaching and Learning

Philip Poinelli, FAIA, ALEP, LEED AP, MCPPO

In conjunction with David Stephen of New Vista Design, Phil Poinelli assembled the following list of videos for Boston Public Schools, to facilitate a discussion regarding educational vision for the district.

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Defining the Heart of the Campus

A student center serves as a campus’s heart. It is reflective of the school’s culture, and is a place for students to go day and night, a place for fellowship, for engagement, for gathering...

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Suggested Reading

Philip Poinelli, FAIA, ALEP, LEED AP, MCPPO

If you’re a parent with a child in school, one of your top priorities is your child’s education, and you strive to make the best decisions for him or her as possible. With so many educational options in this modern era, it can be a bit overwhelming determining how to best meet your child’s...

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Speaking the Language

Philip Poinelli, FAIA, ALEP, LEED AP, MCPPO

Pedagogy. Visioning. Blended Learning. Unless you’re intimately acquainted with the design and planning of new school environments, there’s a good chance you’re unfamiliar with these terms. But if you have a school-age child and want the best for his or her education (and, of course, you do!), it...

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The School as a Teaching Tool

Sustainable design features and technology support energy goals, reduce environmental impact, and can be used in curriculum to educate young adults to be good stewards of our earth’s resources. Incorporating the concepts of sustainability into the educational curriculum provides students the...

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Post-Occupancy Evaluation: Learning from the Past

By verifying predictions with real performance metrics, designs can be iterated and improved upon until a better understanding of is what being measured and how realistic one's virtual model assumptions are can be determined.

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SMMA School Security Design

Designing Safer Schools

Patrick Weygint, RCDD

A broad range of factors must be considered when designing school security systems, including parent and teacher concerns for privacy and safety, students’ emotional well-being, media reports of criminal activity and violence in schools, project budget, and heightened user expectations. Of...

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Sustainability in Schools

With the diverse demands and complexity on K-12 projects, experience is a key component of successful project management. Experience is also a critical element to success in optimizing school designs for sustainability.

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