Learning environments are some of the most rapidly changing spaces on college and university campuses. The rise of interdisciplinary and collaborative learning has fostered a host of changes to departmental structures, institutional policies, educational pedagogy, research funding, and student life. We believe good learning environments are shaped by the activities that they contain, and space planning and design strategies are evolving in response to these changes.
Jones Architecture regularly invests our time and intellect to researching, distilling and applying trends in learning environments and changing pedagogical models. As teaching and learning approaches evolve, we work with our clients to align and anticipate future needs in the architecture, systems, furniture, AV, technology, finishes, and other aspects of the environment. Some of the trends that we see in learning include: increased competition/increased expectations, supporting broad ranges of teaching and learning styles, providing a diverse portfolio of learning environments, combinations of service and learning, finding learning spaces everywhere, and exploiting opportunities for program sharing or consolidation.