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Good Teacher's Project - AIA Higher Ed Subcommittee Call - Friday, March 11th, 2:30 PM EST

  • 1.  Good Teacher's Project - AIA Higher Ed Subcommittee Call - Friday, March 11th, 2:30 PM EST

    Posted 03-07-2016 08:59
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     This week's discussion topic is below - We hope you will join us. 

    Learning from the Best:

    The Great Teachers Project

    It’s become a cliché of education planning: The call to rethink the classroom in an age of rapid technological change.

    Education space planners and designers are most focused on the interaction of students with technology and each other. The most highly trained expert in the classroom is primarily seen as a facilitator of a process that occurs between students and media. Decisions about the layout, capabilities, and character of the classroom environment are often being made without the primary involvement of the people who will most closely know and use the space.


    Something is being missed.

    It’s time to pause the technological arms race in education to listen to the experts: the great teachers who have been recognized by their students and peers as the most inspiring communicators. We seek to divert the stream of architecture for education towards the needs of the most effective teachers.

    The Great Teachers Project, in coordination with the American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education, is establishing a dialogue with the educators most acclaimed for their classroom skills. The may teach engineering, literature, or law. They may teach four or four hundred students at a time. They might teach a lab, lecture, or facilitate conversation in seminar. They may use chalk, slides, video, or nothing at all. They may be long-tenured faculty, or young lecturers.

    We seek to answer one basic question:
    How can planning and design for education support, enhance, and extend the techniques of the very best educators?


    We are reaching out to a selected group of recognized elite educators for focused interviews on how the built environment affects their craft. This is not a poll of all opinions - we are seeking qualitative data from experts.

    The product of the Great Teachers Project will be:

    • An illustrated report, which will be shared with all participants
    • A paper for submission for publication
    • New forums for discussion with great teachers and the designers of classrooms
    • Adjustments to the programming and design process to better include great teachers

    University of Cambridge


    Courses taught:

    • Intro to Physics (Lecture)
    • Advanced Gravity (Seminar)

    Sir Isaac Newton is an English physicist and mathematician who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and as a key figure in the scientific revolution. His book Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica ("Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy"), first published in 1687, laid the foundations for classical mechanics. Newton made seminal contributions to optics, and he shares credit with Gottfried Leibniz for the development of calculus.

    My ideal classroom is….



    My biggest obstacle to teaching is….

    In the future I hope that….


    I don’t understand why planners and architects….

    Mark Dolny AIA
    Associate Principal
    Architectural Resources Cambridge
    Boston MA

  • 2.  RE: Good Teacher's Project - AIA Higher Ed Subcommittee Call - Friday, March 11th, 2:30 PM EST

    Posted 03-09-2016 10:20

    Q. How are you defining 'great teachers'? Is this due to an institution's recognition or some other process? 

    Q. If by institutional process, and as these are often culturally established, will you develop a synthesized taxonomy of the qualities of a great teacher?

    I think it will be important for us to have an operationalized description of traits or expertise that describes this entity before we know how to ask questions about space.

    Lennie Scott-Webber, PhD., Education Researcher and Designer,
    INSYNC: Education Research + Design,
    Knoxville, TN

  • 3.  RE: Good Teacher's Project - AIA Higher Ed Subcommittee Call - Friday, March 11th, 2:30 PM EST

    Posted 03-10-2016 17:35

    Agreed. We should discuss further on Friday's call? 



    Michael A. Nieminen FAIA

    Kliment Halsband Architects
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