SHP Leaders Release Book on the Changing Learning Landscape

SHP President Lauren Della Bella and Vice President of Architecture Dick Thomas today released the co-authored book, 9 Billion Schools: Why the World Needs Personalized, Lifelong Learning for All. The book presents a roadmap for redefining learning as a “must-have” global priority. It’s the first of many initiatives undertaken by the 9 Billion Schools Institute, […]
May 14, 2018 - Press Release

The Generation Games: Clues to the Future of Work?

Imagine a complex network of future workers who were past gamers, motivated in self-forming teams, free of management, intent to solve complex problems both critically and creatively. Imagine their economic model as an exchange of avatar-based rewards that are given aside the baseline credit of money we were all taught to seek. Imagine 1000 startup […]
May 14, 2018 - Article

Reconsider Voter Registration Tables for School Ballot Initiatives

“We need volunteers to work the voter registration table from Noon – 6 p.m. on Saturday at our community event. Please RSVP if you can help!” We’ve all seen this email, right? You might have even been the sender a time or two and you could hardly be blamed. Until recently, school campaigns have existed […]
May 14, 2018 - Article

Engaging the Public in Community Projects

SHP Leading Design dedicates significant effort and resources to understanding our clients and the end users for each project. When it comes to community buildings, reaching beyond our clients to understand the needs and desires of community members is especially important. Since area residents are the end users for projects like libraries, parks and community […]
May 4, 2018 - Article

Five Questions to Ask Your Architect Before Building Begins

Embarking on a new building project is exciting, but large projects can be overwhelming as well. Detailed plans and finances need to be secured followed by an architect, site and builder. Bringing an architect onto the project early in the planning stage offers many benefits, including helping vet and select a location and construction partner. […]
April 17, 2018 - Article

Opportunities of Landscape in the K-12 Environment

Landscape design comprises much more than just grass and trees, shrubbery and flower beds. In fact, landscape design offers the opportunity to reduce costs, allow for a better environment and contribute to the educational mission of the district. In March, I was lucky enough to present at a webinar hosted by the Ohio Facilities Construction […]
April 11, 2018 - Article

What Does Your Playground Look Like?

What does your playground look like? Think about that question for a moment. How would you describe your playground? Is it dirty? Organized? Is it paved edge-to-edge, from building to fence? Is there a fence at all? Is it visually appealing, or are there things you would change? Seeing stands alone. As humans, we rely […]
April 4, 2018 - Article

Filling the Construction Pipeline: How the Skills Gap Impacts New Projects

The United States has a massive skilled labor shortage. This shortage is often referred to as the skills gap, referencing the difference between the number of people in the workforce with a specific skill set and the number of workers needed. It’s most severe in trade sectors like construction and manufacturing. As a result, we […]
March 27, 2018 - Article

Approaches to Early Learning: Montessori

Early learning strategies are as varied as they are innovative. Over the course of several posts, we’re taking a step back to examine the core characteristics of the many pedagogical approaches to early childhood education and examine their impact and reliance on space. While this series won’t provide a comprehensive examination of the history and […]
March 20, 2018 - Article

What Does Your Playground Taste Like?

So far in our series on the senses, we’ve covered how playgrounds feel, sound and smell. But as we know, children often discover the world around them first by touching an object and then—gasp!—by putting it in their mouths to taste. This next installment offers some answers to the question: What does your playground taste like? […]
March 13, 2018 - Article