Jan 04, 2022 By IIDA HQ
KI + IIDA 2021 Education Evolution Series
Featuring voices, viewpoints, and insight from end-users, leading educators, designers, and firms—exploring shifts in education and designing for resiliency.
By IIDA HQ Jan 04, 2022
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During the summer of 2021, IIDA and KI partnered for a series of discussions exploring shifts in designing for education spaces. The discussions, moderated by IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, and Jonathan Matta the National Education Leader at KI featured the voices of designers, architects, firm leaders as well as the end-users of these spaces—educators, principals, students, and chief of facilities.

These conversations gathered diverse design teams to explore the ways that schools are rethinking their spaces to anticipate evolving needs for in-person and hybrid learning, and discuss designing for equity and resiliency.

View the full report, featuring key take aways, program summaries, and more here.

Each episode is approved for and eligible for 1 IDCEC CEU credit, to learn more, visit the IIDA Academy page here.

Episode 1 | Design as Collaboration

The first episode looks at how collaborative teams have developed successful design solutions through a deep understanding of end-user needs—allowing for the creation of an education environment that supports a diverse student population.

Education design leadership from firm Perkins Eastman gathered with the D.C. district deputy chief of facilities, principal, and a student for a discussion about learning spaces, and the evolution of the then in-progress project.

The conversation demonstrated how to facilitate collaboration in a safe and healthy way, and how to incorporate a multitude of multi-function spaces to provide a place for the confluence of people and ideas.


  • Anita Berger, Principal, Banneker Academic High School
  • Omar Calderon, AIA, Design Principal, Perkins Eastman
  • Andrea Swiatocha, AIA, Deputy Chief of Facilities, District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Jabari Paul, 11th Grade Student, Banneker Academic High School

For full details on earning 1 IDCEC CEU credit for this program, visit the IIDA Academy page here.

Episode 2 | Flexibility in Design

How are we building flexibility into design? In this episode, Adelia Shleusz, Vice President and Director of Education Interiors at HKS, and representatives from Lake Highlands High School discuss the evolution and major goals of the Lake Highlands High School project—one that evolved over the course of discovery, design and construction.

The discussion addresses the importance of the voice of the teachers, students, and administrators, and how to best develop education spaces to ensure health and safety, while facilitating dynamic learning models. The approach to collaboration and discovery with the school community helped to ensure dynamic social and learning environments at Lake Highlands High School.


  • Colt Brock, Lake Highlands High School Alumni, Georgia Tech Student of Architecture
  • Casey Gray, Associate Principal at Lake Highlands High School, Richardson Independent School District
  • Adelia Schleusz, Vice President, Director of Education Interiors, HKS

For full details on earning 1 IDCEC CEU credit for this program, visit the IIDA Academy page here.

Episode 3 | Technology Leads Learning

In this final session of our three-part series, a panel of design leaders are joined by a school district representative to explore how technology is impacting evolving models of learning, and what it means for design. We look at the Austin Independent School District Facilities Master Plan and its in-development Empower Center design modeled on innovative stage design, a new innovative education design model that allows for responsive hyper-flexible spaces. These spaces are designed to respond to needs over the course of the next 25 years, and integrating that with technology, equipment, and education design.

The Empower Center builds a vision for the future of education and considers how flexible space and technology can facilitate positive change and help create more equitable pedagogical structures.


  • Michael Mann, Senior Architect and Senior Project Manager, Austin Independent School District
  • Barry Nebhut, AIA, Principal, Stantec
  • Theo Pappas, AIA, Senior, Associate Planner, Stantec
  • Allison Schneider, IIDA, Senior Interior Designer, Stantec

For full details on earning 1 IDCEC CEU credit for this program, visit the IIDA Academy page here.

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