Arizona District Gets International Attention for Rethinking What a School Should Look Like
Educators, researchers, policymakers and architects from around the world gathered to discuss the impact of design on educational outcomes at Canyon View High School in Waddell, a school designed by DLR Group with that in mind. The two-day symposium was organized by The Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change project based at The University of Melbourne in Australia.
Canyon View High School in Waddell, Arizona by DLR Group. Photo by Tom Reich.
“There’s already so much existing research about what conditions are optimal for children and adolescents to grow and develop, but not a whole lot about it is being used in our profession,” said Dina Sorenson, an education designer with DLR Group and a member of the the American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education, and one of about 70 symposium participants. “The question is no longer if the built environment affects us, but rather how much it is affecting us.”