2017 K-12 Design Review
DLR Group’s K-12 Studio celebrated another successful year in 2017. We added K-12 design, planning, and research expertise to the team, and expanded our geographic reach with the acquisitions of Kwan Henmi in San Francisco and Staffelbach in Dallas. We also continued our focus on R&D to help us better understand the true impact of the buildings we design.
In 2017, we launched the Student Engagement Index (SEI©), a survey that tackles the question: “Can we demonstrate a connection between the design of the physical environment of a school building and student academic engagement?” Our ultimate goal is to generate empirical evidence we can embed into future design solutions and provide school district clients with the proof they want—evidence that innovative design solutions work to advance learning places and student achievement.
Initial findings of the SEI© suggest that more hands-on activities and mobility in learning are key to high levels of student and educator engagement. Through this work, DLR Group is gaining a deeper understanding of the impact our designs have on the success of both students and teachers. Our library of empirical data continues to grow, helping us shape the next generation of advanced learning spaces.
The bottom line is, when working to achieve a deep level of student engagement, the design of space matters.
Take a look inside, where you will find Insights from DLR Group education experts and examples of our most innovative designs across the country. To our clients, partners, and friends, and on behalf of the DLR Group’s K-12 Studio, thank you for another memorable year.