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Boston Society for Architecture: Design for Change

Boston Society for Architecture: Design for Change

James Mary O’Connor, FAIA will be on a panel tomorrow from 8am-9:30am PST for the Boston Society for Architecture session “Design for Change: K-12 Educational Design Campus Transformation”

The presentation tracks the evolution of learning and the supporting campus facilities of Santa Monica High School. This campus has developed over the course of a century, responding to varying imperatives in terms of learning styles and the facilities that house them. A recent master plan and two major new projects have begun a radical transformation that will reshape the course of the school for the next century. The first of these facilities just opened this summer and is a major multi-purpose academic facility. The Discovery Building’s design is based on Open Building principles. A new athletic and career technical / visual arts complex (The Gold Gym and Exploration Building) will soon follow. The new buildings are a radical departure from what has been created before. They will contain much more varied, flexible spaces, both interior and exterior, that will support a wide range of learning styles and activities. With the opening of the Discovery Building, we will discuss the initial impressions of students and teachers as they begin to occupy and experiment in the new learning spaces.

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James Mary O’Connor FAIA, Moore Ruble Yudell

Carey Upton, Chief Operations Officer, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District

John Dale FAIA, HED