Specialty / K12
Learning your educational needs is the foundation of our approach. Our unique design philosophy we call Upward Thinking, enables a student-first mentality for K12 schools and helps us deliver on the promise to create a better experience for students and staff.
We Listen to Your
Understanding your approach to education is our top priority at the beginning of the design process. We seek to discover and understand your educational outcomes to ensure that your desired curriculum needs are met within your future space.
We Look at the
We confirm your capacity needs by looking to other school districts of similar size. We analyze everything from enrollment trends to square footage per student ratios and often find that it’s feasible to average 25% less space per student!
We Look at Your
We analyze the current conditions of your district including the useful lifespan of your buildings and active space utilization. In preliminary reviews, we’ve found that simply reallocating the use of your space can solve a lot of problems!
We value input from school staff, administration, students and community
Our collaborative process with your educational professionals and students helps us determine the right pedagogical method. We know that your students are the heartbeat of your school and your student body culture is something that makes your school unique. That’s why we see no substitute for receiving input directly from students. The insight into their needs is invaluable and helps us to design spaces specifically with your students in mind.
Today, more than ever, the school commons holds the potential to transform our educational environments into more vibrant, inclusive hubs of learning and interaction. At CMBA Architects, we understand the role that design plays in shaping these shared spaces.
The expanding importance of STEM education and project-based learning requires rethinking traditional school planning and design processes. A practical way to start is to adopt a broader, non-traditional mindset, especially during a school project’s conceptual phases. The physical layout, the use of natural light, the incorporation of technology and the sense of community can all have a significant impact on student engagement and hands-on learning. This blog post, we will explore some of the key strategies for K-12 architecture and design that supports more student engagement and hands-on learning.
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