Two DLR Group Designs Named Finalists at SXSW EDU

Two DLR Group designers will compete in the Learn by Design program at the South by Southwest Education Conference & Festival (SXSW EDU), March 5-8 in Austin, Texas. For the second consecutive year, Learn by Design will celebrate the collaboration of designers and educators in the pursuit of design-based solutions to challenges within education across all age groups.

Ten projects, including two designs by DLR Group, have been selected as finalists. A live competition will take place at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6. The winner will be announced following the competition at the Learn by Design Happy Hour at 6 p.m.

DLR Group’s projects include the Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Pathfinder Kindergarten Center in Everett, Washington. The Missouri Innovation Campus is a progressive partnership between Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community College, and the University of Central Missouri that is reshaping the way students experience education. The 2 + 2 program, which is a collaboration between both industry and academic partners, focuses on learner outcomes in an immersive and rich real-life workplace experience. DLR Group designer Kevin Gresichar and Dr. Elaine Metcalf, Principal of Summit Technology Academy/Missouri Innovation Campus, will present the story behind the school’s design and the impact the facility has on learning.

Pathfinder Kindergarten Center is an innovative, next-generation learning environment for 600 kindergarten students under one roof. The custom design solution reduces time lost to transitions through push-in specialists and decentralization of services. During the Learn by Design competition, DLR Group designer Todd Ferking and Dr. Annie Johnson, Executive Director of Elementary Education for Mukilteo School District, will share how the design of Pathfinder Kindergarten Center enhances learning for young students.

The Learn by Design competition will be co-emceed by DLR Group educational planner Raechel French, and Sam Seidel, director of K12 strategy + research at the Stanford