What Does Your Playground Feel Like? 10.04.17

…leaves, rocks, sand, water, metal, plastic, concrete, grass. Each has its own feeling. The observation of children in their early childhood years, through the eyes of professionals who understand the…

How Students Benefit from a School Reopening Plan Designed for Those at the Margins 07.06.20

…one of the reasons our Educational Visioning process is so important: inclusive design principles offer a valuable way to reimagine educational spaces, not just during COVID-19, but well into the…

In Another’s Shoes: Why Teaching Empathy Matters 08.20.21

…recent educational visioning session that really stuck with me. She said, “Zoom gave me a window into my students’ worlds.” She went on to describe the view the pandemic gave…

Today’s Assignment: Design Your New School! 11.02.21

Pedagogical trends, such as project-based (PBL) and personalized learning, require dynamic, engaging schools that support student-driven education. Therefore, student input is critical to how facilities are designed, built and operate….

Six Lessons from a Facilities Master Planning Process “On Steroids”: Part One 04.03.20

…  Speaking of experts, one phase of the Sycamore process involved Educational Visioning, a proprietary SHP service that helps people envision the future of education and what it may mean…

Unspoken Trends in Workplace Design 08.18.17

…major trends lists that deserve calling out. Tomato / Tomahto We work across a pretty broad spectrum of commercial building typologies (K-12 education, higher education, corporate office, mixed-use, multi-family residential,…

The Meaning and Purpose of Scale 03.09.16

early childhood education. To these young people, everything is a miracle – trees are so tall, the school building is so big, the books are so heavy. With vast imaginations…

Pragmatic Generosity 07.28.17

…tying together the inside and outside. And, while the inside is wonderful, the outside is extraordinary! Porches, decks, patios, pathways, a hill long enough to roll down and steep enough…

Architecture Linked to Improved Academic Performance 05.29.18

…Heschong Mahone Group, 1999; Kuller & Lindsten, 1992; Mayron, Ott, Nations, & Mayron, 1974; Wurtman, 1975 Evans and Maxwell, 1997 ; Haines, Stansfeld, Job, Berglund & Head, 2001; Hygge, Evans,…