School Buildings: exhibition and symposium

"Designing schools today is an increasingly collaborative effort including teachers, students, educational consultants, and parents," says Umberto Dindo, Chairman, AIA New York Chapter -- Committee on Architecture for Education. "In response to these changing policies and requirements, architects are creating schools that look, feel, and function differently. It's a new architecture for a new education."

The College of Design will host a symposium and gallery reception in coordination with the exhibition, "School Buildings -- The State of Affairs: A New Architecture for a New Education," on display in the Rapson Gallery until October 8, 2007.

Friday, September 28
5-8 p.m.
100 Rapson Hall
5-6 p.m. presentations by distinguished guests
6:00-6:45 p.m. panel discussion and Q&A session with audience
7-8 p.m. gallery reception in Rapson Gallery

The symposium will open with a panel of invited guests responding to the issues related to education and design presented by the projects represented in the exhibition. Guest panelists include Mark Ziegler (portfolio manager for public schools in the city of Zurich), Edith Ackermann (professor of developmental psychology at the University of Aix-Marseille, France and visiting scientist at the M.I.T. School of Architecture), and Elizabeth Hebert (Former principal of the nationally recognized Crow Island School in Winnetka, Illinois, co-editor of Children, Learning & School Design, and Design Matters: How School Environment Affects Children).

Following their presentations, the guest presenters will be joined by a panel comprised of Tom Fisher (dean, College of Design, University of Minnesota) and representatives from the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) as well as the Humphrey Institutes' Center for School Change for a discussion of ideas provoked by the presentations and exhibition.