The Meaning and Purpose of Scale

As a landscape architect, I’m constantly considering scale. There’s physical scale – demonstrated through size and surroundings. There’s comfort scale and emotional scale, which both define how attitudes and feelings are regularly impacted. There’s also scales of complexity and challenge, where mental, physical and social discovery can occur in an unknown setting.
March 9, 2016 - Article

How We Designed a Montessori School in Egypt in One Month

One of the fascinating aspects of our business is that every day presents a new opportunity to change the lives of students across the country, and occasionally, around the world. It’s what motivates us and gets us out of bed in the morning. Thursday, October 15, 2015 was certainly one of those days. It started […]
February 29, 2016 - Article

Designing for Architects at BGSU

It’s not every day that architects are given the opportunity to design for future architects.  Recently, this uniquely challenging and rewarding experience came about for SHP when Bowling Green State University (BGSU) hired us to convert an existing 30,000 square foot warehouse into a state-of-the-art learning environment for the school’s newly-minted architecture program.
February 18, 2016 - Article

Developing A “Brand” New School Logo for Deer Park

They say never judge a book by its cover, but many instances arise when we cannot help but form an immediate impression of something simply from a brand or word mark representing that entity. At times we are judging a school district whose logo is a tired, disorganized, heterogeneous mix of ‘close enough’ logos created […]
February 2, 2016 - Article

The Top Five Benefits of School Consolidation

Before I began working with SHP Leading Design, I was the superintendent of the Miami Trace school district in Washington Court House, Ohio. During my time in this position, the district consolidated from seven small elementary schools that averaged about 175 students per school into one large school   on the same campus as the high […]
January 20, 2016 - Article

2015: SHP’s Year in Review

As we count down to the holidays and the last few days of 2015, we wanted to share some happenings throughout the past year here at SHP we wanted to celebrate.  Here’s to 2016!
December 18, 2015 - Article

Four from SHP Receive ALEP Designation

Cincinnati – Nov. 23, 2015 – SHP Leading Design is pleased to announce that Dick Thomas, Allison McKenzie, Jeff Parker, and Josh Predovich recently received the Accredited Learning Environments Planner (ALEP) designation, a mark of excellence developed to reflect the knowledge, skills and abilities of a competent educational facility planner.The ALEP credential was designed to […]
November 23, 2015 - Press Release

Permanent Improvements Through Partnership

Every year, many of our clients need to make repairs, renovations and modernizations to their facilities. Whether these necessary improvements stem from age, general wear and tear or even natural disasters or accidents, there are many ways SHP can help our clients prepare for this work.
November 16, 2015 - Article

BIM, technology and trailblazing: What I do here at SHP

Is detail 7/A530 invaluable?  Can a 3d Isometric View be used to replace those three 2d-details? Have you thought of using Fuzor or a 3d printed model to communicate with your client? These are just a few of the questions I get to ask on a daily basis as SHP’s BIM Manager. 
November 2, 2015 - Article