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

Architecture’s Role in Combating Climate Change

Climate change is a scientifically undeniable phenomenon that has already exerted negative effects across the globe, and—barring massive worldwide interventions—it ’s only going to get worse. As inhabitants of a shared planet, this is a problem for which we all share responsibility. As wildfires destroy homes, schools and entire communities, and other communities struggle to […]
April 29, 2019 - Article

From Around the Web: Libraries are Magical

We’ve shared before our thoughts on libraries: they’re essential to schools and communities as a nexus of collaboration and lifelong learning. As architects, designers and engineers, we can’t help but see the beauty in form and function showcased by so many libraries. Libraries are a cultural time capsule. Just as the contents of a library […]
March 18, 2019 - Article

Sycamore Schools “Synnovation Lab” Empowers Learning through Flexibility and Innovation

It’s becoming increasingly clear that learning happens best in flexible spaces where learners have control to use the environment around them to meet their needs for a given moment. Working with Sycamore Community School District, SHP designed the “Synnovation Lab” to be a unique high school space for individualized and project-based learning. In it, multiple […]
January 23, 2019 - Article

Meet the Experts: Allison McKenzie, Sustainability

Director of Sustainability Allison McKenzie is an authority on sustainable architecture and design in the Cincinnati region and beyond. As an architect, she enjoys the unique challenges and problem-solving skills involved in planning facilities that are sustainable environmentally and financially. What is your favorite thing about your role at SHP? I love that I do […]
January 7, 2019 - Article

2018 in Review: Four Top Posts in Education and Workplace Learning

As 2018 comes to a close, we leave behind a year of memories and thoughtful discussions on topics that impact our lives. We’re lifelong learners—from pre-k all the way up to when we enter the workforce and beyond—and we’ve seen a lot of new ideas and conversations about just what that means. Are libraries an […]
December 21, 2018 - Article

Are Makerspaces this Generation’s Computer Lab?

I recently had the opportunity to speak at EdSpaces, a conference focused on designing, equipping and furnishing learning environments. While there, I heard another speaker, Dr. Robert Dillon, pose an interesting question: “Are makerspaces this generation’s computer labs?” Could makerspaces soon become extinct? My initial response as a maker was “No way!” But, after some […]
December 11, 2018 - Article

Sustainable Schools Improve the Student Learning Environment

The core focus of sustainability is on maximizing long-term benefits while minimizing negative effects. This definition applies to what most people think of when they hear the word sustainability: reducing environmental harm and helping to improve our environment over time. It can go beyond that as well. Strategic sustainability benefits the environment, the happiness of […]
November 8, 2018 - Article

Small Changes in School Design Make a Huge Difference

After years of change in education, it’s widely regarded as fact that when teachers collaborate with one another, everyone benefits. Collaboration provides teachers with an emotional and professional support system and brings together a pool of talent to benefit students. Collaborating teachers can call on the strengths of one another to complement their own teaching […]
October 29, 2018 - Article