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  • Construction at SMU’s Cox School of Business is Underway

    Our work at Cox began with a detailed benchmarking, programming and feasibility study on improvements to the burgeoning School of Business. Fincher Hall (1953,) Crow and Maguire Halls (both 1985) today provide a total of 165,000 square feet, but the facility had not been comprehensively updated since Crow and Maguire were constructed. From the outset,…
  • It’s the People that Make the Place / Jon Rollins

    Jon Rollins is a leader in GFF’s institutional practice, focusing on university projects, independent schools, cultural facilities and communities of faith, with an additional emphasis on historic preservation and adaptive reuse. He combines a detailed and creative approach to solving complex programming and design problems with expertise in building technology and the construction process. Jon…
  • ¡Tomando el Escenario! Taking the Stage!

    A pure and simple architectural form houses a black box theater. Una forma arquitectónica simple y pura alberga el teatro de Caja Negra.

  • Faculty Offices: A Space Allocation Dilemma

    It may not be luxurious or even fully private, but just about every full-time college faculty member has an office where he or she can work quietly, meet with students, teleconference or even record classes for e-learning. Unlike offices, classrooms both general purpose and special function are treated as shared space, scheduled by the department…
  • Learning and Learning Space

    For the last twenty-five years, one of my primary areas of focus both in practice and in research has been the ways people learn and the design of environments to facilitate that learning. In the sincere hope that students of all ages will be back on campus soon, the design of learning space is a…
  • Renovation and Historic Preservation for Education

    One of the most common triggers for planning and design projects in K-20 education is that existing campus facilities and resources no longer meet the needs of the institution. As education evolves to meet the needs of the twenty-first century, changes in pedagogy are driving changes in facilities for teaching at all grade levels, as…
  • K-12 Schools and the Response to COVID-19

    The end of May is usually a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the school year just completed and look forward to new opportunities in the coming year, but this has been a spring semester unlike any other. The rapid transformation required of schools and universities in response to the COVID-19 virus has been both…

  • Today’s Students Are Different – Is Your Housing?

    THIS ARTICLE APPEARS IN THE MARCH/APRIL 2020 EDITION OF STUDENT HOUSING BUSINESS Student housing changes with each generation; we're in the middle of a generation shift. Most student housing has seen multiple generations on many campuses. Here's a look at the past three generations and how housing built for those generations will adapt to the…
  • Productive Struggle, or Why Architecture School is a Model for Education in General

    One of the most influential trends in pedagogy today, especially in the world of K-12 education, is Project-Based Learning, sometimes abbreviated as PBL. Rather than discrete lessons about individual subjects, PBL takes a more integrative, more active, and often a more collaborative approach to learning. Students are challenged with projects which require integration across disciplines,…

  • Why We do What We Do: The Design of Learning Space

    Learning is shaped, for better or worse, by the environment where it takes place. Current research on cognitive science demonstrates that learning requires both an internal process of assimilating new information and a social process of discussion and negotiation to build new understanding. Knowledge is constructed both through engagement with ideas and with others, so…

  • The Impact of Classroom Technology on Student/Teacher Communication

    Winston Churchill famously said, “we shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” This is especially true in schools and universities, where new technology in the classroom is reshaping our definition of what a learning space is and does, and fundamentally changing the nature of the interaction between teacher and student. Members of GFF’s education studio…
  • Making the Most of Makerspace

    St. Mark's School of Texas Makerspace Psychologists and educators from Jean Piaget to Howard Gardner to Maria Montessori have documented that some if not all of us learn best through hands-on activities. Research and anecdotal evidence overwhelmingly support the claim that students learn best when they engage with course material and participate actively in learning.…