Educational facilities are becoming increasingly specialized. Over time, we have come to understand that classrooms intended for pre-schoolers are fundamentally different from those that best serve high school seniors or the training of mid-career professionals. Today, the traditional idea of “classroom” as an instructor-focused learning space is changing. Computer-based instruction, video projection, and other telecommunication requirements are causing us to rethink the traditional educational patterns and spatial relationships. http://www.wbdg.org/design/educational.php
For this reason alone, if you are planning to build new or increase the space in your existing school, you should contact an architect experienced in both traditional educational design and the newer concepts in educational theory and design.
From an environmental perspective, concerns for the health and well-being of students, especially young students, are increasing interest in the improved performance and fabric of school structures. Strategies including: day-lighting; the specification of sustainable and non-toxic building materials; and the use of renewable energy sources, are gaining attention in school design.
At the same time, resources for the construction, maintenance, and upkeep of educational facilities remain in short supply. http://www.wbdg.org/design/educational.php
A study of school design has discovered that school layouts can influence a child’s development by as much as 25 percent — positively or negatively — over the course of an academic year. (http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/01/school-design-grades/) Possibly in no other area is the need for excellence in design more apparent. A well designed school gives students the sense that somebody cares about them and their education. It is wise to employ an architect with experience in traditional school design and also has the current expertise to create with the latest trends and technology in mind.