New England Chapter

US States, including: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Canadian Provinces, including: Nova Scotia, Prince Edwards Island, Quebec and New Brunswick.

Region / Chapter Member Care Manager: Carla Cummins

Virtual Event

May 18, 2022
4:30 pm – 90 minute session

The Power of Student Voices in School Design and Construction

Please join us in hearing from three design firms as they highlight the power of incorporating student voices into the school design and construction process.

Dawn Guarriello, Perkins Eastman
Dawn will showcase a case study for the Blanche A. Ames Early Elementary School (Grades PK-2 ) in Easton, MA. Although they will never formally learn within in the walls of this building once it’s complete, current Oliver Ames High School students have already learned (and taught) tons about speaking up, being heard and the importance of student voices. This group of students was included in the building design process and proposed ideas about how the building can highlight the history of Easton and the Blanche A Ames legacy. Dawn will speak to the specifics of their ideas and the implementation in the building design and how this collaboration created a better school for the future PK-2 students in Easton.

Christina Bazelmans, LPA|A
Christina will review a case study at Doherty Memorial High School, where the Design and Construction teams have partnered with local educational institutions to transform the construction site of a prominent Worcester High School into a “Living Lab” accessible to students throughout the region. Through curriculum integration, presentations, and site visits, local high school and university students are invited to explore opportunities in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction fields. The behind-the-scenes inclusion in the construction of a state-of-the-art educational facility in their own community offers firsthand experience to students who have been historically underrepresented in these industries.

Jason Boone, Dore and Whittier
D+W believes students can be (and perhaps should be) the most powerful influencers on school design projects. D+W will share three examples of student engagement on three different projects with an emphasis on the process and tools utilized as well as the outcomes. The first example comes from our Gates Middle Schools project, where students participated in a design charrette early in the Preferred Schematic Report phase. Using a set of graphic tools and inspirational imagery, students were instrumental in shaping the geometry, levels of transparency, and functionality of grade level teams that would eventually get built. In the second example, Pentucket Regional middle and high school students participated in a design charrette and used largely furniture templates, trace paper, and floor plans in the design development phase to create new concepts for student dining and lockers that will be occupied this fall. The third example is from a current project that will house 5th-8th graders. Students were invited to use develop ideas for the cafeteria and outdoors. Students used primitive drawing and modeling tools to create concepts that are now being incorporated into the schematic design.

Members / School District Personnel: FREE | Non-members: $20
Sponsorships: $250


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