written by: Alex Booth, AIA
We want a high school designed for the future. We want a high school that questions which skills individuals will need for the future economy, and we want the high school to provide an ideal environment for equipping students with those skills. We want our high school to be focused on learning, not just in the classrooms, but throughout the entire building. We want our high school to foster creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication. We also want this high school to be sustainable- a zero energy campus if possible. We want to involve students, teachers, administrators and the community in the design process. Emphatically, we do not want to rebuild the same high school that we did ten years ago. We do however, want this new high school to cost the same as the high school we designed ten years ago.
Evaluating the quality of a learning environment is a key component for understanding the value of architectural design and its functional performance on educational outcomes. Surveys are one means to address this challenge. The following study investigates how the quality of an elementary school learning environment can be evaluated through a post-occupancy evaluation (POE) survey.