K-12 Design Trends to Watch in 2020
At DLR Group, we strongly believe education facilities have a direct and measurable impact on student performance. Just as Winston Churchill once said, “We shape our buildings and thereafter they shape us,” designers must consider how education environments of the next decade will shape student behavior.
Topeka Center for Advanced Learning & Careers in Topeka, Kansas by DLR Group. Photo by Michael Robinson.
How do education facilities directly impact student performance?
The configuration of a space can give students cues on how they should behave – for example, if a student walks into a room with open, soft seating arranged in a group setting, they might be more inclined to engage with each other upon entering. Whereas when all desks are placed in a row, faced forward, this might lead students to walk in, take a seat, and wait for the instructor to give direction on what’s expected of them next – as the configuration tells the user a different story.