Building Community in Learning Environments:
Evidence-Based Interventions to the Built Space
Great design is equitable design, and evidence-based design should be available to everyone. The creation of caring, inclusive, participatory communities fosters deep learning and a sense of well-being in learning environments. This integrative study will provide insights and perspectives about how the built environment can aid in the creation of a sense of community through relationships, common purposes, collaboration, and autonomy. Most importantly, it will share the best evidence-based interventions and strategies with the design and educational community in an approachable format that will allow incorporation in any project, no matter the budget, schedule, or scale.
This research studied the relationship between different types of architectural design and operational interventions and their ability to foster healthy community and influence factors of occupant well-being in educational environments.
The influence factors are verified through the four strategies of community formation:
1. Cultivating respectful relationships.
2. Emphasizing common purposes and ideals.
3. Providing opportunities for cooperation.
4. Providing opportunities for autonomy and influence.
The areas of focus include:
Director of Interiors
Architect / Associate
Director of Marketing