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The 2030 Challenge

In my last blog post, I shared some thoughts from the Design Futures Council’s 2014 Summit on Sustainability, which was held in September. One of the ideas that left me feeling inspired was Ed Mazria’s 2030 Challenge. Big Idea Over the past 10 years, Mazria’s research into building sector energy use and carbon emissions has […]
February 10, 2015 - Article

Designing a Modern Space for a Traditional Building

One of the most rewarding aspects of space design is solving the unique challenges each project presents. Since no two projects are exactly alike, every design must deliver unique solutions that address the specific project’s parameters. This is especially true when designing a modern space in a traditional building, as was the case when establishing […]
January 22, 2015 - Article

Summit on Sustainability Inspires Local Change

“Holy cow, this is a smart group of people.” That’s the phrase that runs through my mind every year when I arrive at the Design Futures Council’s Leadership Summit on Sustainability. Design Futures Council (DFC) is a group of thought leaders who come from the design industry; the group’s overall goal is to be a leadership voice within the industry. That means leading in technology, sustainable design, design as a whole, advocacy… and the group takes its job seriously.
January 9, 2015 - Article

Allison McKenzie Presents Acoustical Design Seminar at NeoCon 2014

Allison McKenzie of SHP presented a seminar titled “Acoustics: The Sounds of Sustainable Design” on Monday, June 9th at NeoCon 2014.  NeoCon is North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors, held June 9-11 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.
June 11, 2014 - Press Release

SHP Attends Dedication and Celebration of Dayton Regional STEM School

On Thursday, November 21st, 2013, the Dayton Regional STEM School hosted a new building dedication ceremony in conjunction with a 5-year anniversary of the school’s opening.  The public school, located in Kettering, Ohio, serves grades 6-12 with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  While the Dayton Regional STEM School is one of 12 […]
November 25, 2013 - Article

The Fun in Blended Learning Environments

Over the past two summers I have had the joy of working with Northwest Local Schools to design blended learning labs at Northwest and Colerain High Schools.  Blended learning incorporates online study to enhance the student experience and promotes student centered learning.  This was an exciting opportunity as it was the first time that I […]
September 24, 2013 - Article

A Library That Blurs The Lines Between Work, Home & Play

The dramatic changes in technology over the past few decades has greatly impacted the way we design spaces – and that rate of change continues to increase year to year (month to month, day to day??!!). Some of my co-worked have blogged about how tablets and BYOD (bring your own device) have impacted the design […]
August 20, 2013 - Article

The Ever-Changing World Of Classroom Technology

With school starting back soon, it’s interesting to see technology changes being implemented into the classroom. One of the popular changes is one-to-one or mobile technology as a teaching tool. Schools can adopt this change fairly easily because the school can provide and support the infrastructure while students provide their own tablet or smart phone. According to CNET tablet sales will exceed laptop and desktop sales by 2015.
August 7, 2013 - Article

Finding Inspiration From The Comfort Of Your Chair

When I was in architecture school I had a professor, Udo Kultermann, who was legendary for his encyclopedic knowledge of world architecture. As one would expect of a resident authority on architectural history, he knew everything about Byzantine, Medieval, Gothic, Greek Revival and all the rest of the significant architectural periods and styles as well as all of the important figures throughout the course of history which was impressive, but nowhere near as impressive is his comprehensive knowledge of contemporary architecture.
July 23, 2013 - Article