“Right now there’s a whole lot of innovation happening in the way people teach,” says Chad Hamilton, AIA, LEED AP, principal at Hamilton + Aitken Architects. “And it’s really interesting as an architect to contribute to that and to learn about it.” Watch Hamilton and Stanley Rostas, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, founding principal at Shook Kelley, in this 30-minute discussion about the opportunities and challenges involved in designing spaces for students in the latest installment of the Business of Creativity video series, New School Architecture.
Hamilton and Rostas both agree that while meeting the needs of educators and administrators is important, the true test of a school’s design is whether or not it inspires the students who are interacting with that environment. “It’s always fascinating when you get kids in the room and start talking to them about their idealized classroom,” says Rostas. “Sometimes it’s not even a classroom they want; they just want a big playground.”