DLR Group Principal Chris Gibbs Talks Design for School Safety
“The carefully integrated involvement of community in and around any particular school supports the shared responsibility – and ownership of responsibility – for a safer school facility,” explains DLR Group Principal Chris Gibbs on DLR Group’s approach to design and school safety.
In 2018, school shootings on K-12 campuses reached an unprecedented number with 82 recorded incidents. Many parents, teachers, and students are understandably searching for the best solution to ensuring educational facilities are safe and secure. Though many people have suggested arming teachers and hiring armed security to surveil campuses to prevent school shootings, hardening schools will not make them more secure. Instead, we suggest a design approach that facilitates relational safety through human connection, environment, and technology.