Throughout the years, educational methods have changed in an effort to improve student performance. Architecture has also changed to accommodate different learning styles and has been proven to effect student performance.
Creating learning environments spans all aspects of a student’s environment. The thermal comfort, acoustics, lighting levels, natural lighting, scale, volumes and materials are all architectural factors that can affect student performance. In fact, Youman (2012) demonstrates that poor acoustics, poor ventilation, insufficient lighting and chronic noise exposure undermine learning.*
Wilson & Company architects focus on creating the best learning environments for our kids using the best practices in architecture. We must also consider the life-cycle of the building and associated costs as well as using durable materials that are maintenance friendly and readily available. The best educational architecture considers the students.
Article by Wilson & Company’s Architecture Operations Manager Michael Wright, AIA, NCARB