A Classroom for Every Student by AIA CAE

Immerse Yourself in “A Classroom for Every Student” by AIA CAE
Booth 754

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

Session Schedule

Session Title Date and Time
CAE Classroom Design Team-A Classroom for Every Student Wednesday Nov. 2, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
 Cultivating Brilliance: Takeaways from the 2022 CAE Educational Facilities in Minneapolis Wednesday Nov. 2, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Considering Net Zero Energy in 4 Easy Steps Wednesday Nov. 2, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Learning from Reciprocity: Deaf-led School Design Wednesday Nov. 2, 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Neither Here Nor There: The Value of In-between Spaces in School Design Wednesday Nov. 2, 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Building a Sense of Pride and Ownership through Inclusive Design Processes Thursday Nov. 3, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Perma Parks, Food Deserts, and Educational Environments Thursday Nov. 3, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Languages of Place — Learn Lab Thursday Nov. 3, 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Spaces Outside the Box for Thinking Outside the Box Thursday Nov. 3, 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM