7 Innovative Design Ideas for an Educational Building

Written by: Natalie Akins, Innovative Building Materials Higher education has been forced to adapt on the fly in recent years. Mounting student debt, a heightened focus on student rights and safety, the shift to online learning, and the massive changes wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic are just a few of the forces influencing the industry. As a result, educational buildings must evolve to match the demands of this shifting landscape. The following breakdown looks at 7 of the most innovative design ideas for modern educational buildings. 1. Exterior Study Areas Although there had...

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    Lighting’s Role in the Classroom

    Written By: Emma Seiwell Our environments impact our feelings and moods, which in turn shape the experience we have in a given space. It’s critical to understand that the spaces we occupy in our day-to-day lives are never neutral. Classrooms- a central space in everyone’s young lives, should be thoughtfully designed to maximize comfort and functionality. School design, which once took a one size fits all approach, with an emphasis on affordability, has come a long way. Slowly, school design has evolved in accent with changes in learning techniques and the...

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      NJ Student Sheds Light on NYC Special Needs School & Local NJ Programs in Interview with DRG Architects

      Written By: Mikayla Salib Back in 2019, Design Resources Group Architects (DRG) broke ground on the revolutionary Richard H. Hungerford School in Staten Island, the first of its kind, developed from the NYCSCA’s vision to meet the unique needs and challenges required for students with special needs and severe disabilities in a nurturing, supportive environment. This past December, Mikayla Salib, a student from Montgomery High School in New Jersey, sat down with some of the architects involved in bringing this state- of-the-art learning facility to life. In this pre-COVID interview, Mikayla asks about...

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      8 Applied Technologies That Have Improved Architectural Design and Engineering

      Applied technologies like virtual reality, 3D printing, and drone photography have completely revolutionized the world of architecture and engineering. From entertainment and photography to product development and retail sales, it’s hard to find an industry that hasn’t been impacted by the latest tech advances. Integrating such technologies into our architectural design and engineering services has allowed us to improve nearly every aspect of our clients’ end-to-end experience, including communication and speed of delivery, presentation, design quality, and building investigations. At DRG Architects, we integrate these nine applied technologies to create high-quality, value-added designs...

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      Importance of Color in Architecture - Education and Schools

      Color in Schools: How to Brighten Up the Learning Environment

      Anyone who's ever redecorated a room knows how a splash of color – or an entirely new color – can completely change the overall "feel" of the space. This is especially true in learning environments. Color in schools have an enormous impact on students' emotions and mindset during the school day. In the past, schools were built to meet basic functional and financial requirements. Monotonous colors like off-white, beige, and gray dominated most classrooms and school hallways, and design was barely a consideration. Today, modern educational institutions are focusing on color and...

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