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Designing for Student-Centered Learning
Student-centered learning is Individualized, community-based, experiential, and collaborative.
The FNI Learning Community model supports students in all four of these defined areas, as
demonstrated by the Norma Rose Point School community in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Fisher STEAM School
FNI’s Fisher STEAM School, winner of the 2015 MacConnell Award, is featured in this video.
The building is designed to support the arts as well as STEM learning, with integrated labs
and common areas.
Student-Centered, Agile Learning Spaces in the Canadian Landscape
Fielding Nair International is creating another 10-10 school in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. That is, a school where learning is a “10” and so are the learning spaces. The two-story addition includes an elementary school, performing and visual arts spaces, and a new heart for all grades. Now under construction, the design echoes the Canadian Rockies setting, and the surrounding landscape offers multiple opportunities for experiential outdoor learning. Inside, agile spaces with permeable boundaries and flexible furnishings allow students and teachers to choose how and where they learn.
21st Century Learning in Action
PK Yonge School — Florida
Fielding Nair International — Master Planner and Design Architect: This video demonstrates
in a compelling way why effective teaching and learning needs effectively designed school buildings.
Also, please see the PK Yonge slide show on our PROJECTS PAGE for the process followed
by FNI that led to the innovative design.
Short Version: 21st Century Learning in Action
PK Yonge School — Florida
Fielding Nair International — Master Planner and Design Architect
SCHOOL 2.0 — Designing Tomorrow’s Schools
This video shows how old and outdated school buildings can be brought back to life inexpensively to
meet the needs of 21st Century learners.
Anne Frank Inspire Academy — The Learning Building
One of FNI’s new schools, Anne Frank Inspire Academy, is opening next fall in San Antonio. This highly innovative
campus contains 21st Century learning spaces and a curriculum to match. See Randall Fielding, Prakash Nair and Isaac Williams
narrate this exciting school’s layout and philosophy.
Maker Movement Leader Dr. Gary Stager Visits The Steward School
Gary Stager is an FNI Education Consultant and a global leader of the Maker movement. He specializes in helping schools develop an innovation curriculum centered around hands on science, technology, engineering and math projects.
On the eve of the Israeli school year beginning, Arutz Sheva visited the Gogya Center of the AMIT network schools in Ra’anana. Gogya is a formalized program instituted to train all of AMIT’s teachers on how to adopt and implement the various innovative teaching methods which have led to the tremendous success of the AMIT network of schools. Arutz Sheva spoke to architect Prakash Nair, President of Fielding Nair International, this week about the design for Gogya, and how the design for classrooms worldwide is evolving beyond the typical setup.
Mount Vernon Presbyterian School Pilot Project
FNI was hired to provide detailed designs to transform the first floor of one of their elementary school buildings into a pilot project that could be completed over the summer in 2013. We transformed the traditional kindergarten classrooms into to collaborative learning studios by
removing one classroom space and converting it into a commons area. Large sliding
barn doors connect the adjacent learning studios to the commons which is outfitted with a small stage area,
soft seating, and mobile bookcases for resources.
Greenville Middle School
Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School will feature six learning communities of about 125 students, with eight different instructional spaces for each learning community. The instructional program will encompass the four traditional areas of STEM-based curriculum: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The arts and design, a strong focus of the Greenville community, will be the fifth area, putting the STEAM into STEM, and establishing what may be the nation’s first STEAM middle school.
Designing Schools for 21st Century Learning: An Interview with Randall Fielding by the Pearson Foundation and The Mobile Learning Institute
Creative Age Elementary Schools
Two new public elementary schools in Medford Oregon have been designed by FNI for 21st century learning. The central school commons and the learning community model promote the plurality of learning modalities students need to succeed in our global community.
A Middle School Learning Community Is Born!
How with the help of FNI, Poughkeepsie Day School took four classrooms and a corridor and created a contemporary learning space for the middle school in the summer of 2012.
Design for the Creative Age
CUSP 2010 Randy Fielding
Randy Fielding is taking architecture back to school.
SCHOOL 2.0 — Designing Tomorrow’s Schools. Short Version
Prakash Nair answers the question, “What is the Purpose of Schooling?” during a panel discussion hosted by the Franklin Institute at Educon:
“The Future of Education” – Prakash Nair is featured in a documentary by the Victoria, Australia Dept. of Education
Randy Fielding interviewed on WCCO radio: “Human Rights and Design for Learning”
Randall Fielding Interviewed on Charlotte Radio
The American Institute of Architects had a symposium in late September 2006 to improve the quality of schools in Charlotte. Randy is interviewed along with Harvey Gantt, former Charlotte Mayor.
Randy Fielding Keynote at the MASS Conference in Manitoba
Randy was the keynote speaker at the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents Conference in November, 2015. This video captures portions of Randy’s three sessions as he leads the audience through a discovery process about student-centered learning and the spaces that support it.
Prakash Nair’s presentation to the community of Key Biscayne on “Best Practices in Education and Facilities Design for the 21st Century”
“Learning by Design in the Creative Age” – Prakash Nair presents in Mumbai, India in May of 2010:
Prakash at the Future Schools Conference, Australia, 2017
Prakash explains the many ways innovative learning spaces can positively impact students. Pathfinder Projects allow schools to experiment with new ways of teaching and learning by renovating smaller portions of their education facility.
Engagement for Innovative School Design
Engagement with school communities drives FNI’s innovative education space design process. FNI principals and educators lead a variety of workshops, seminars and conferences that invite participation from all members of a school community, including students, parents, teachers and administrators. These interactions directly influence the design of the resulting education spaces, going beyond the typical design charrette by including a school’s educational mission, goals, curriculum and ethos.
Discovery Visit at the International School of Dusseldorf
This FNI Discovery Visit led by Prakash Nair shows how the International School of Dusseldorf community wants to embrace innovative spaces and learning.