June 12, 2005
June 12, 2005
June 15, 2005
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DESIGN PRINCIPLES: CREATING A MORE EFFECTIVE TEACHING FACILITY
Daniel Davis Associate Professor Department of Architecture College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture University of Hartford Phone: 860.768.4094 / Fax 860.768.5074 firstname.lastname@example.org
University professors are generally creative, inventive, resourceful people. And when it comes to many university facilities, even some newer ones, it is a good thing that professors are as ingenious as they are. Professors often must teach “around” the architecture, which insists on getting in the way of the teaching and learning experience. This unfortunate truth leads to what could be the very first principle in school design: The space must be designed to foster and enhance learning and not impair or hinder it. In fact, the school facility must be conceived as a teaching and learning instrument in its own right.
At many American universities, the physical setting is unsuccessful, typically following the passive “egg crate” closed classroom format of years ago, and is often more like a prison than a place of exploration, discovery and creativity. School environments have a largely unrealized potential as active contributors to the teaching and learning process.
Quality school environments enhance, even improve, attitude and achievement, and a well- designed school is one that carefully integrates the curriculum and the educational environment. At the foundation of this paper is the strong conviction that the physical environment has a direct impact on the educational process.
Almost everything about the design of a university facility flows from the principle mentioned above. However, there are at least three other closely related principles that also shape many aspects of school facility design: Every aspect of a school facility should be program-driven, or as architect Louis Sullivan said “form follows function”.
Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2005, American Society for Engineering education
Davis, D. (2005, June), Design Principles: Creating A More Effective Teaching Facility Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15540
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