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Prakash Nair


Blueprint for Tomorrow: Redesigning Schools for Student-Centered Learning
Nair, Prakash (2014)
Harvard Education Press

Redesigning Schools into Student-Directed Learning Communities
Nair, Prakash
Educadores Journal, December 2018

Reimagining and Renovating As Acts of Choice
Nair, Prakash
School Administrators Magazine, October 2017

The Attention Myth: Why Paying Attention in Class is Overrated
Nair, Prakash
Edutopia, Posted 05/08/2015

The Classroom is Obsolete — It’s Time for Something New 
Nair, Prakash (2011)
Education Week

Life Between Classrooms: Applying Public Space Theory to Learning Environments 
Nair, Prakash and Gehling, Annalise (2010)
‘Building Schools for the Future’ (BSF), British Council for School Environments, Pages 26-33.
The authors contributed to a collection of provocation papers entitled “Reshaping Our Learning Landscape” for the British Council for School Environments. Nair and Gehling discuss Jan Gehl’s theory of public space and how it might apply to learning environments today, using the examples of school and university campuses, and exploring the emerging role of informal learning in the 21st Century.

Don’t Just Rebuild Schools—Reinvent Them 
Nair, Prakash (2009)
Education Week, Vol. 28, Issue 28, (8 April) Pages 24-25.

Accommodating an Education Revolution: How Victorian schools are re-organising for the 21st Century 
Nair, P & Gehling, A (2008)
Professional Voice Australian Education Union (Victoria), Vol. 5 Issue 3.

Democratic Architecture: The Community Centre Model
Nair, P & Gehling, A (2008)
Voices in Urban Education Anneberg Institute at Brown University, Spring.

Introduction to ReThink! 
Nair, P & Gehling, A (2007)
edited by La Marca, S. School Library Association of Victoria.

A Comfortable Truth 
Edutopia, April/May 2007. 8 Truths About Comfort in Schools.

Getting Beyond the School as Temple 
Edutopia, 2006

Radically Rethinking Education 
Interview with Designer/Builder Magazine, 2006

Planning Technology-Friendly School Buildings 
Published by School Planning and Management, 2006

Master Classroom 
Thinking like Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, or Jamie Oliver can help you look at school design in a whole new light. Co-authored with Randall Fielding.
Edutopia, 2006

The Language of School Design 
Co-authored with Randall Fielding
DesignShare, 2005

Small Is BIG 
The way space is organized can give school a powerful sense of community. Co-authored with Randall Fielding.
Edutopia, 2005

Building the Future:
Lessons From Tasmania 

Education Week and DesignShare, 2004

Planning Schools As
Symbols of Change 

The Council of Educational Facility Planners International

30 Strategies for Education Innovation 

Making Peace with Campfires – Confessions of a Reformed Radical 
Education Week

But Are They Learning? 
Education Week

The Changing Shape of Learning 
“Connection” – New England Board of Higher Education (also, see article below)

Imperatives for Change
in Higher Education 


Educational Specifications Forum

Moderated by Randall Fielding

Schools for the 21st Century,
Are You Ready? 

School Manager Center – European Schoolnet

The Impact of Time on the Design of Learning Environments 
American Institute of Architects

School Safety – Problem or Goal? 


Impact of Education
Trends on School Facility Design 


The Student Laptop Computer
in Classrooms – Not Just a Tool 

Florida Educational Technology Corporation

Education Through
Technology Integration 

Urban Educational Facilities for the 21st Century 

A Proven Methodology for
Assessing School Buildings 

with Nadine Chin-Santos
School Planning and Management

Wired Vs. Wireless
An interview by Randall Fielding

The Role of Wireless Computing Technology in the Design of Schools 
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, US Dept of Education 

A Fusion of Eastern and Western Philosophies to Plan Tomorrow’s Schools 

The Great Learning Street Debate 


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Randall Fielding

The Language of School design is a seminal work because it defines a new graphic vocabulary that synthesizes learning research with best practice in school planning and design. But it is more than a book about ideas. It is also a practical tool and a must-have resource for all school stakeholders involved in planning, designing and constructing new and renovated schools and evaluating the educational adequacy of existing school facilities.

By Randall Fielding, 2013, CEFPI Educational Facility Planner

Leaner, More Effective Schools
Twenty-first century school configuration reduces operational expenditures and promotes student learning.
By Randall Fielding, November 2012, School Business Affairs Magazine
Educational spaces, whose designs are based on research in effective learning, where multiple modalities and individualized learning are accommodated, aren’t as expensive as you might think. At the most basic level, using a portion of the funds allocated to maintenance
for modest renovations leads to leaner, safer, more effective school facilities. But to accomplish this objective, our preconceptions about what a school should look like must be challenged, and that can be difficult. School buildings, and particularly classrooms, have moved beyond being simple spaces; they are now iconic. The idea of changing their fundamental structure seems too radical to consider. But it shouldn’t be.

Interview with Randall Fielding
We talk every day here at Daily Edventures about the processes of teaching and learning and the tools that support them, but what about the school itself? We all know that our physical environment can significantly impact our mood, our energy and ultimately, our ability to succeed. For Randy Fielding, the question of what makes a good learning space is his life’s work, and he’s made a difference in communities around the world by designing learning spaces for the 21st century.
– Anthony Salcito, Daily Edventures, a 365 day look at global heroes in education.

Exploring Six Principles of Sustainable School Design
For WISE – World Innovation Summit for Education, 2012

Randall Fielding, Designing Schools for 21st Century Learners
Mobile Learning Institute documentary video, 2009

The Language of School Design
Design Patterns for 21st Century Schools
coauthored with Prakash Nair, 2nd Edition 2009

Designers as Change Agents
CUSP Conference Presentation, 2010

Design for the Creative Age
Ohio School Facilities Commission Presentation, 2010

Six Essential Elements that Define Educational Facility Design
Council of Educational Facility Planners, 2006

Design Patterns Workshop
Leveraging group creativity and genius in all stakeholders, 2011

Curriculum Mapping: A Tool for Integrating Teaching, Learning, and the Environment
School Planning and Management Magazine and, 2009

Designing Personalized Spaces that Impact Student Achievement
A Case Study of Cristo Rey High School, The CEFPI Educational Facility Planner, Volume 43, Issues 2&3, 2009 and

Learning, Lighting and Color
Lighting Design for Schools and Universities in the 21st Century. Published in 2005 and 2006 by The European Lighting Designer’s Association (ELDA), the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), Edutopia, DesignShare, and UK-based Schools For Life

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 was interviewed along with Harvey Gantt, former Charlotte Mayor.

Master Classroom
Thinking like Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, or Jamie Oliver can help you look at school design in a whole new light. Co-authored with Prakash Nair.
Edutopia, 2006

Small Is BIG
The way space is organized can give school a powerful sense of community. Co-authored with Prakash Nair.
Edutopia, 2005

The Language of School Design
Co-authored with Prakash Nair
DesignShare, 2005

What Can $3.6 Billion Buy? “Los Angeles School Construction Has a Choice”
Building schools quickly and efficiently: are they the right schools?
February 2004

High Performance Schools: A Web of Relationships. Designing sustainable, high-performance school buildings
DesignShare, 2003

Personalized Learning in a Global Context
An exploration of technology-enhanced learning methods at MIT, Cambridge, along with a commentary on the global implications.
DesignShare, 2002

Designing a High School for Collaborative, Project-based Learning.
A summary of key design features supporting collaborative learning.
School Construction News, 2002

Innovative Learning Environments
Watershed planning and design concepts, centered around an American Institute of Architects conference in Asmetsdam, 2000.
The National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, 2001

Lighting the Learning Environment
An introduction to current issues in lighting as they apply to learning environments including full-spectrum lamps, direct/indirect lighting and light-reflectance values.
School Construction News. 2000

Wired Versus Wireless
An online debate on technology in school computer networks between network expert Glenn Meeks and wireless advocate Prakash Nair.
DesignShare, 1999

Planning the Learning Community
An interview with Steven Bingler and an exploration of planning methodologies for shared-use facilities and community consensus building
DesignShare, 1999

The Death of the Classroom
DesignShare, 1999

Jay Litman

A Million Open Doors 
From Panorama, a magazine for alumni and friends of Leysin American School in Switzerland, 2012 edition: In the 21st century we now have instant universal access to information. In this world of a million open doors, how do we design schools that take advantage of this unparalleled access to information? How do we create an environment that will prepare children for this rapidly changing world?

James Seaman

Ten Ways to Reinvent Your School for 21st Century Learning
This article was featured in the Yu School Partnership, a Jewish Day School organization that designs opportunities for schools and their faculty members at every level to grow, learn, connect, and experience the kind of success and satisfaction that positively impacts student learning and achievement. They are dedicated to exploring and introducing new possibilities that exist for Jewish day schools in leadership, placement, teaching, and learning.