RDG Out & About: LearningSCAPES 2023

September 11, 2023
Architecture Education

Ed Buglewicz, AIA and Molly Haas, AIA discuss how early childhood centers can evolve to support the changing needs of students, families, staff and the community at large. 

Event Details

  • Date: Saturday, October 14, 2023

  • Time: 3:15 p.m. (CDT)

  • Location: Skinner B

Session Details

As early childhood education centers grow and adapt to the ever-changing world around them, it is the programs with the deepest ties to the surrounding communities that prove the most resilient. Educational design can no longer solely focus on the students but must expand to meet the additional needs of the staff and the families within the community. This presentation will illustrate opportunities available to reach out to a community via early childhood education centers through case studies of completed centers in Massachusetts, Tennessee, and a project currently under construction in Colorado. 

These centers integrate early childhood education, educators, and community members through the interweaving of programs and users. We will explore how thoughtfully designed spaces can improve staff experience and retention and offer learning opportunities in unexpected locations for children and adults alike. We will also review opportunities for programmatic overlap and the versatility of flex spaces designed for adaptability. Programs across the country are seeking an inclusive, engaging community hub that provides expanded opportunities for learning, growth and wellness for all members of the community and we want to help provide this through inspired and innovative design.

Find more info and registration detailsĀ here.

About LearningScapes & The Association for Learning Environments

The Association for Learning Environments was first established in 1921 as the National Council on Schoolhouse Construction (NCSC) then becoming Council of Education Facility Planners International (CEFPI) in 1971. It took its current name in 2015.