BY KARL VON BIEBERSTEIN, PLA, FASLA
I’m sure I speak for most designers when I say that academic projects tend to appeal to our most noble intentions. Creating spaces that will foster learning, social interaction, and personal discovery in children from their earliest formative years all the way to adulthood is a very inspiring task. It is also a task that requires consideration of multiple viewpoints: that of the student, the parent, the administration, and unfortunately even that of a stranger who might be up to no good. Because quality design always has the end user in mind, design for academic environments must grow along with students to address their changing needs and the changing times.