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Architects’ Models for Socially Distanced Schools

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Architects’ Models for Socially Distanced Schools

The uncertainty surrounding what in-building learning may look like come the new school year is posing daunting challenges across the United States. And while we can largely rule out cafeteria salad bars and tightly packed events – at least for now – question marks about how to do school in a socially distanced age has led architects to help districts plan for a variety of scenarios.

DLR Group Senior Principal Jim French, FAIA
DLR Group Senior Principal Jim French, FAIA

“My one fear is, as we start space planning for school districts, we don’t revert back to kids in rows,” says DLR Group Senior Principal Jim French, FAIA. “That is one way of a teaching modality that works, but isn’t what schools should be. We have worked really hard with educators to get kids out of rows and do more collaborative and hands-on learning.”

Read the full interview with French in The 74.

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