A Classroom for Every Student by AIA CAE

Immerse Yourself in “A Classroom for Every Student” by AIA CAE
The AIA CAE 2022 Designed Space

AIA CAE is hard at work on their designed space for EDspaces 2023, but explore their innovative design from 2022 while we wait to unveil the new space.

In today’s world, it has become crucial to design for healing and wellness for young students. They need educational spaces where they feel safe, welcomed, nurtured, and respected. This classroom design uses color contrast for intuitive wayfinding and to spatially identify its five unique spaces: four focused zones of emotional and social experiences surrounding a nature-driven central communal gathering area.

Each zone has a unique theme to foster inclusive and individual student growth: relaxation,  connection, joy, and hope. These focused environments allow young learners of all types and abilities flexibility in their school day, giving them ownership of their education and activities. The furniture and spatial elements were curated to highlight moments of peace, comfort, fun, healing, and community.

A hands-on, Montessori approach encourages students to self-explore and develop a sense of agency over both their environment and minds. This classroom’s program and design focus on wellness gives students support in their search for solutions, to develop meaningful relationships with others and their world, and to create a more empathetic future for learners.

Designed by:
Jess Dancer, Centric Architecture
Dora Deak, BKV Group
Molly Jacobs, YGH + Integrus Architecture
Charlie McIlraith, BKV Group