How has educational design changed over the past two decades? Where do you see it headed in the coming years?
Educational design is now less about following standards and more about the comfort of the students using the space and capturing the story of the people using the building. I think education will continue to move towards addressing individual learning styles and designing spaces to be flexible to accommodate those learning styles. Providing spaces for teachers to be creative. More transparency and flexibility within the design to peak student and teacher’s interest beyond four walls.
What do you find intriguing about educational design?
I love designing spaces that are a part of so many people’s memories throughout their lives. We all remember good and bad things about our school years. I want to be a part of making good memories and maybe spark an interest for interior design in students.
What is a common misconception people have about the role of an interior designer?
Interior design is really a creative profession that requires using both the right and left side of your brain. Concept of color and materials is important in what we do, but, we go way beyond this by creating actual space that needs to function and it needs to feel great to be in. Taking the clients story and creating a concept that carries through to the smallest detail.
What influences your overall design vision for a project?
The people using the space is my biggest inspiration.
What drew you to LSW Architects?
The collaborative positive atmosphere at LSW. Everyone cares about each other, the clients and the community around them.