Shannon Dowling

AIA, Principal
Ayers Saint Gross

SCUP Coaches (developing list): Eve Klein, Co-Founder, User Design Information Group, Center for Human Environments, Environmental Psychology, CUNY Graduate School and University Center; Christiana Moss, Principal, Studio Ma, Inc

Read her research report.

Watch her SCUP 2021 Annual Conference presentation: Vision: Planning and Designing Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Learning Environments

Shannon Dowling, AIA, is an architect and educator who serves as a Principal and Learning Environments Strategist at Ayers Saint Gross. Through a fellowship with the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), Shannon recently published a playbook titled The Planning and Design of Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Campus Environments. The playbook culminated 18 months of research in partnership with more than two dozen institutions and over 200 students to collect evidence around student preferences for welcome and inclusive learning spaces. Since its publication, Shannon has spoken and written on the topic of inclusive learning environments for over 50 outlets worldwide, including the International Learning Spaces Summit, Educause, the Mosaic Initiative at Indiana University, Learning by Design Magazine, Planning for Higher Education Journal, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Shannon is the 2023 recipient of the Award for Distinguished Achievement from the Virginia AIA for her research and work on belonging and inclusion.