2019 SXSW EDU Teacher v Environment DLR Group
The SXSW EDU Conference & Festival cultivates and empowers a community of engaged stakeholders to advance teaching and learning.


DLR Group Associate Bonnie Sanborn.

  • Who: Bonnie Sanborn, associate, DLR Group.
  • What: Creativity & Innovation in the Built Environment.
    This show and tell will share results of the first phase of a collaborative project between integrated design firm DLR Group, the UC Berkeley Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workspaces, and Dr. Sally Augustin. Drawing from a peer-reviewed literature and using real-world case studies to illustrate types of design interventions, this presentation will share some ways in which a space can support two key modes: creativity and innovation.
  • Where: SXSW EDU
    Hilton Austin Downtown
    Room 400-402
  • When: Tuesday, March 5 from 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM.

Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Robert B. Daugherty Education Center in Omaha, Nebraska by DLR Group. Photo by Eric Francis.

  • Who: Jim Determan, Craig Gaulden Davis; Stephanie Santoso, Citizen Schools, Roosevelt Weeks, Austin Public Library; Jane Werner, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.
  • What: Learn by Design Competition Finalists.
    The Learn by Design competition elevates groundbreaking work in the design of physical learning environments and how it impacts pedagogy and learning outcomes. DLR Group is among the finalists.
  • Where: SXSW EDU
    Austin Convention Center
    Room 16AB
  • When: Tuesday, March 5 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM.

 L: DLR Group Principal Taryn Kinney, AIA, LEED AP. R: DLR Group Senior Associate Marilyn Denison.

  • Who: Taryn Kinney, principal, DLR Group; Marilyn Denison, senior associate, DLR Group.
  • What: Bridging School Organization, Learning, & Design.
    Change initiatives fail 50% of the time. However, change is required with the successful implementation of new innovative learning environments. To this end, a service called BOLD, Bridging the Organization, Learning, and Design, was implemented. BOLD runs parallel with the traditional design process and is a forged partnership between research practitioners and school client to align their people, their built environment, and their organization to support the inhabitation of their new space.
  • Where: SXSW EDU
    Hilton Austin Downtown
    Room 400-402
  • When: Wednesday, March 6 from 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM.

 DLR Group Principal Taryn Kinney, AIA, LEED AP.

  • Who: Paul Bakalis, Arizona School Facilities Board; Jean-Claude Brizard, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Taryn Kinney, principal, DLR Group; Phillip Nowlin, Agua Fria Union High School District.
  • What: Teacher vs. Environment (Space + Organization).
    Is space a tool for learning? Should we be training teachers to use space to support new learning models? What role does culture play in implementing a shift towards innovative learning environments? Join a panel of experts who are looking to merge policy, funding, organizational development, learning, and architecture in a way that offers to elevate learner and educator outcomes.
  • Where: SXSW EDU
    Austin Convention Center
    Room 16ABc
  • When: Thursday, March 7 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM.
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