Randy oversees FNI’s primary mission: to improve learning by serving as a world leader in the creation of new and renovated educational campuses that are in consonance with best practices, current research and reflect 21st century learning modalities. Randy’s experience spans from early childhood to the university level, and includes international guidelines on school design. The common thread is an integrated approach to pedagogy and design — student learning and outcomes always come first.
Randy’s achievements have earned him more than a dozen design awards from the American Institute of Architects, The Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), the American Association of School Administrators, and School Planning and Management Magazine. He is internationally recognized as an authority on innovative school design and received the CEFPI Planner of the Year Award in 2007—the most prestigious honor of any individual in the field of educational design. Randy also lead the project, Fisher STEAM Middle School, that won CEFPI’s MacConnell Award in 2015. He has been selected to serve as an architect, consultant, presenter and/or keynote speaker in Australia, Azerbaijan, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Finland, Great Britain, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, the Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Spain, Switzerland, the United States and Tanzania.
One of Randy’s “signatures” is his ability to come down off of the podium, sharing ideas with government leaders, educators, and students with equal passion. This spirit of sharing extends to two million people each year, through DesignShare.com, an online forum for innovative learning environments that Randy founded in 1998. He continues to serve as DesignShare’s editorial director, but the focus of his work is to lead communities in the design of environmentally responsive campuses that foster personalized learning and strong connections to the community.
Randy’s design work leverages more than 500 case studies from 30 countries — the largest library of innovative school designs in the world. The interactive planning and design process pioneered by FNI is also grounded in a seminal book that Randy co-authored with Prakash Nair, entitled The Language of School Design. The book establishes key learning modalities for success in the post-information society, and provides a series of design patterns to support these modalities. Randy uses the design patterns as a tool in evaluating existing and proposed facilities, and as a launching point for developing customized solutions for each individual community, campus, school or district that he works with. In addition to serving as a lead design architect, teamwork underpins all of Randy’s work, which takes him around the world to collaborate with public and private institutions, educators, developers, and local architects.
Contact Randall Fielding at Randy@FieldingNair.com.