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Outdoor Learning Should Engage All Five Senses

Children learn through play, and playgrounds provide the perfect opportunity for young learners to get their hands dirty—figuratively and literally—to explore how the world around them works. Among many other things, playgrounds provide an opportunity for children to learn teamwork, build social connections, examine patterns and experiment with cause and effect. The best outdoor learning spaces […]
October 2, 2019 - Article

The Meaning and Value of Desks at Work: Pivoting Toward Tomorrow

The workplace desk has undergone a steady evolution, convergent alongside technology and the very function of the office environment itself. What started as metal desk rows lined neatly—easy for supervisory observation—evolved into a sprawling cubicle farm and then into an amalgamation of open desks peppered with multiuse spaces. As we look forward, however, we see […]
September 12, 2019 - Article

The Meaning and Value of Desks at Work: Our Present at a Turning Point

From metal desk rows that defined mid-century offices, toward the 1990s-era cubicle farms, the design of desks in the office has evolved alongside the prevailing view of the American worker. In a previous post, we examined this history and what it meant for workplace culture. Understanding the history of workplace desks lays the foundation for […]
September 3, 2019 - Article

Time is Money: Five Reasons to Accelerate Your Project Timeline

Few adages are more apt, more often, than “time is money.” Whether you’re building a new school, office space or even your dream home, time is a major concern for every construction project. From the moment a levy is passed, budget is approved, or loan is granted, the spending power of those dollars begins to […]
August 21, 2019 - Article

We’re Asking the Wrong Questions About the Future of Work

The future of the workplace is changing at a rapid pace. Many are worried what the future will look like with the constant advancements in AI and technology. With this in mind, there are certain questions that get asked quite frequently. Will my job become obsolete due to tech? What will the workforce look like […]
August 14, 2019 - Article

The History of Overcrowded College Dorms

Each year it seems new headlines arise touting the plight of displaced college students due to over-enrollment and over-sold beds on university campuses across the United States. Although this condition is often temporary, it doesn’t do much to calm the frustration felt by all. With student success at the core of every higher education institution’s […]
August 7, 2019 - Article

The Age of the Neo-Traditional Student

The rapid evolution of the “non-traditional” student in higher education presents a situation where it’s time to consider whether we should reframe our assessment of the University structure as it relates to student success. From the campus master plan to the teaching practices, how are Universities addressing the need for making post-secondary education easily accessible […]
July 22, 2019 - Article

Finding Inspiration in Community Architecture: Exploring the Works of I.M. Pei

Architectural legend, Leoh Ming Pei (I.M. Pei), passed away on May 16, 2019, at the age of 102. Pei was a trailblazer in the design of public spaces, and has inspired architects around the globe; those of us at SHP included. His works included museums, libraries, workplaces and civic centers and his perspective melding beauty, form and […]
June 25, 2019 - Article

Increasing Innovation in Higher Education

I had the privilege to attend a recent conference hosted by the Society for College and University Planning. It was focused, as the name might suggest, on the design and planning process for higher education facilities. There was a whirlwind of valuable information on how to modernize the country’s campuses to better facilitate student learning. […]
June 7, 2019 - Article