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Young Professionals at SHP: Fall 2018 Co-ops

College can be a confusing and stressful time for a lot of students as they try to figure out their career path and develop skills to help them be successful in the field that they choose. One of the best ways to explore career options and develop skills that you can’t learn in the classroom is […]
September 20, 2018 - Article

Two More Reasons the Open vs. Closed Office Design Debate is Flawed

A Royal Society study is continuing to cause disquiet among workplace design circles, with a rhetorically flawed torrent of hasty claims calling for the end of open office design. We’ve previously recapped the study and outlined many reasons why it’s not accurate to say that research shows open offices decrease collaboration. Here’s why. The impact […]
September 18, 2018 - Article

SHP Architect Elected Governor of Ohio for Association of Learning Environments

CINCINNATI, SEPT. 17, 2018— Jeff Parker, AIA, LEED AP, ALEP, Director of Educational Visioning at SHP, was recently elected Governor of Ohio (Area 2, Midwest Great Lakes Region) for the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE). As governor, Parker will be responsible for membership outreach and growth in Ohio for a three-year term. “I’m excited to […]
September 18, 2018 - Article

What the Debate Between Open and Closed Offices Gets Wrong

Turn on the news on any given day, and you’re likely to hear about a “new study” that completely changes the way we look at things. Taken on the surface, this presents a world where one day red wine is both panacea and fountain of youth, and another day it’s the harbinger of cancer and […]
August 29, 2018 - Article

SHP Considered for Two SXSWedu 2019 Panels

The SHP team is no stranger to attending and presenting at SXSWedu, the nation’s preeminent conference and festival for educational innovation. And in 2019, we’re hoping to return not just as attendees but as panelists. Two SHP-led presentations are currently being considered for SXSWedu. Acceptance would allow us to share the work we’ve done in […]
August 23, 2018 - Article

Designing HVAC Systems to Last in Schools

I feel very fortunate to work with education clients to make improvements to their buildings that range from 15 to 100+ years old. Each of these buildings boast a different design and system, yet they each show me what has worked well and what has hindered the adaptation to current teaching techniques. One of the biggest things I […]
August 7, 2018 - Article

Four Reasons Why Libraries are as Important as Ever

Libraries are a vibrant, essential part of local communities and places of learning. That’s why, like many across the internet, we couldn’t disagree more with a now-retracted opinion piece that appeared recently on Forbes.com, calling for the removal of publicly funded libraries to be replaced by local Amazon bookstores. Forbes reportedly removed the piece after […]
July 27, 2018 - Article

The Importance of Air Quality: Health, Performance and Human-Centered Design

Across the country, warm summer weather often comes with air quality alerts. While many notices include directions to help reduce the air emissions that contribute to pollution, they fail to note that outdoor pollution can impact indoor air as well, and what that means for our well-being. Yet, it is well known that air quality—indoor […]
July 13, 2018 - Article

Sticks and Stones: Uses in Outdoor Ed

Natural materials make outdoor classrooms more fun. Whether sticks or stones, flowers or fruit trees, there are seemingly countless ways to integrate natural materials into outdoor education. Here are a few ways to keep the “outdoor” in outdoor learning. Sticks… When a big storm blows through town and rattles loose branches and twigs from the […]
July 6, 2018 - Article

Well Design at Work

I have been interested that, on several recent occasions, the idea of designing for wellness principles has strongly come forward. For example, recently I was facilitating a change alignment session with 40 people who will move from private offices into a shared workplace. This level of change is abrupt for this group, and they have […]
June 28, 2018 - Article