Learn by Design

SXSWedu 2016 photo by Cris Dewitt

SHPLearn by Design, hosted by SHP, is a new program focused on the design of physical learning spaces and how they have the potential to impact learning outcomes. The program is centered around a design competition showcasing projects in three distinct categories that all address the creation and implementation of physical learning spaces. In the context of SXSWedu, Learn by Design encourages designers and educators to work together to discover design-based solutions to challenges within education.

Competition Categories:

Conceptual - Projects that do not yet exist in a physical form.

Tuesday, March 7 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Austin Convention Center, Room 16AB
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Experiential - Projects that enhance or create an interactive learning environment.

Tuesday, March 7 | 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Austin Convention Center, Room 16AB
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Physical - Projects that have moved past the conceptual phase and now exist.

Tuesday, March 7 | *5:00pm - 6:00pm**
Austin Convention Center, Room 16AB
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Emcees

Carlos Moreno

Carlos Moreno

Co-Executive Director, Big Picture Learning

A proud native New Yorker, Carlos Moreno is a passionate educational leader committed to supporting school and district leaders who are creating high-quality, non-traditional schools. He is a Co-Executive Director for Big Picture Learning, a nonprofit organization that, since 1995, has developed over 150 such schools in the United States and throughout the world.

As Big Picture’s Co-Executive Director, Carlos is the visionary for all U.S. school and district wide programs. Carlos leads a national team of regional directors, designs and leads Big Picture’s several annual conferences, and coordinates leadership development and support services for school and district leaders and works with scores of non-Big Picture schools that wish to incorporate elements of the Big Picture Learning design. He also leads the Deeper Learning Equity Fellowship in partnership with the Internationals Network for Public Schools.

 Naseem Haamid

Naseem Haamid

Student, Senior, Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School

In his sophomore year Naseem has completed both internships at both JP Morgan and Madison Square Garden. In 2015, Naseem represented the Children’s Aid Society in Washington D.C. while advocating for funding for after-school programming. Currently, Naseem is serving his second term as the Student Government President, was the first junior to ever be elected president. He also works as a Lead Youth Organizer for Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice and is interning at New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera's office. He was just recently recognized as one of New York's 2016 40 Under 40 Rising Stars.

Judges

Alex O'BrientAlex O'Brient
Ennead Architects

Taryn KinneyTaryn Kinney
DLR Group

Arturo LomeliArturo Lomeli
Glenn High School Leander ISD

Amy JonesAmy Jones
O'Connell Robertson

Conceptual Finalists

Citti Academy: Developing Collective Intelligence

Citti Academy: Developing Collective Intelligence

Presenters: Mariana Lavezzo & Martyne Tolber
Los Angeles, CA

The Citti Academy supports the facilitation of multiple learning styles. Learning Pods and Advisory Clusters with a 1:20 or 2:40 teacher to student ratio will replace traditional classrooms. Seminar rooms, Small Group Rooms and All School Gathering Commons with distributed Media Resource Centers will provide flexibility now and in the future.

L+

L+

Presenters: Amy Parker
New York, NY

L+ is a “Kit-of-Parts” designed to transform learning spaces. This is a reconfigurable and replicable system originally developed as a proposal to re-imagine NYC libraries. From makerspaces and coding classes to entrepreneurial workshops and ESL courses, L+ presents a flexible approach for learning institutions hosting a broad range of programs.

NZE K-12 Prototype

NZE K-12 Prototype

Presenters: Gloria Lee & Nathan Swift
Pasadena, CA

The NZE Prototype is a highly flexible school building and a Net Zero Energy (NZE) consumer. It comprises two independent structural systems: a pre-engineered metal building shell and a reconfigurable interior “mezzanine." The result is a highly flexible prototype with minimal waste in its construction and operation as a model of ecologically sustainable design.

Schools of the future: AR, Gaming & Sustainability

Schools of the future: AR, Gaming & Sustainability

Presenters: Jo Aitken
Auckland, New Zealand

Architecture is a facilitator for education. We see schools of the future as environmentally sustainable hubs where children can experience and learn about what truly sustains them. We imagine educational playscapes, created with physical, mixed and virtual reality, will improve learning and mitigate issues from increasingly sedentary lifestyles.

Tec21: Inventing the 21st Century Campus

Tec21: Inventing the 21st Century Campus

Presenters: Romil Sheth & Dennis Pieprz
Watertown, MA

Tec 21 is a visionary pedagogical and spatial model being explored by the Monterrey Tec System in Mexico that creates a new paradigm for higher education. This model re-imagines traditional teaching-learning-research relationships and develops a new structure for the physical campus environment to support Tec 21.

Experiential Finalists

49ers Denise DeBartolo York Education Center

49ers Denise DeBartolo York Education Center

Presenters: Jesse Lovejoy
Santa Clara, CA

The DDYEC was designed to create a welcoming environment to students of all ages to make the concepts of STEM more meaningful and relevant. As a direct reflection of our education center’s unique and exciting hands-on design, we help young children view STEM in a different and approachable light.

BCPS Mobile Innovation Lab

BCPS Mobile Innovation Lab

Presenters: Stacy Barry & Jim Corns
Baltimore, MD

The Baltimore County Public Schools’ Mobile Innovation Lab is a converted school bus that serves as an innovation hub and makerspace for the district’s 110,000+ students. Within the Lab are the tools required to provide equitable access to innovative career and technical educational experiences.

Condit Elementary

Condit Elementary

Presenters: Dan Greenberg, Richard Hunt, & Tim Kunz
Forth Worth, TX

The academic spaces at Condit Elementary are integrated by creating a ribbon of classrooms which threads through an open-concept library. The traditional “book museum” library design was discarded for a concept that allows the students to access books and technology as part of their daily experience.

The BIG Lab - Build Imagine Grow

The BIG Lab - Build Imagine Grow

Presenters: Megan Logan & Lindsey Own
Houston, TX

Located in the heart of our school, the BIG Lab is our creative center. Concepts from the classroom - from simple machines to the history of Chinese script to the geography of the United States - are brought to life in the BIG Lab through tinkering, iteration, problem-solving, and invention.

Watt Family Innovation Center - Clemson University

Watt Family Innovation Center - Clemson University

Presenters: Floyd J. Cline II & Catherine Bunn
Atlanta, GA

The Watt Family Innovation Center is a high-tech facility built at the academic heart of the university promoting creative inquiry and engaged learning. It’s a learning environment for student collaboration and interdisciplinary work and strives to inspire and equip students as they learn, innovate and think ahead of the curve

Physical Finalists

City Neighbors High School: KNOWN. LOVED. INSPIRED.

Presenters: Bobbi Macdonald & Tamara Jolly
Baltimore, MD

What would it take for every student to be Known, Loved, and Inspired?" In answer to this design question we created Pod at City Neighbors High School. Pod uses the physical environment to redefine authority, relationships, and the purpose of school.

Dwight-Englewood School Hajjar STEM Center

Dwight-Englewood School Hajjar STEM Center

Preseners: Mark Thaler & Dr. Rodney De Jarnett
New York, NY

The Hajjar STEM Center was designed to foster interdisciplinary, problem-based (21st Century) interactive learning. The School’s mandate was that science, mathematics, and engineering be presented together rather than in isolation, using an integrated, experiential approach in which students work on meaningful problems and are motivated to solve them.

Hazel Wolf K-8

Hazel Wolf K-8

Presenters: Brian Love
Seattle, WA

Hazel Wolf K-8 School boasts an innovative curriculum that uses the environment as the lens through which students focus their E-STEM studies. Because of this, integrating the site and building so that the property functions as an "indoor/outdoor learning lab” was a key design consideration.

Team Based Learning at the Dell Medical School

Team Based Learning at the Dell Medical School

Presenters: Sue Cox MD. & Larry Speck
Austin, TX

The Team Based Learning classroom challenges the pure lecture-based environment and allows students to problem-solve together with cross-disciplinary team interaction. The aim of the new medical program at UT helps students to learn by working together and by testing ideas in the community and in a collaborative environment.

University of Utah, Lassonde Studios

University of Utah, Lassonde Studios

Presenters: Troy D’Ambrosio and Mehrdad Yazdani
Salt Lake City, UT

The University of Utah Lassonde Studios redefines entrepreneurial education. This innovative building combines more than 400 unique students residences and 20,000 square feet of “garage” space where any student on campus can build a prototype, attend an event or start a business.

For questions or more information about the Learn by Design competition, check out the Learn by Design FAQ or contact programming@sxswedu.com.

SXSWedu 2016 photo by Cris Dewitt.