by Susan L. Painter, Janice E. Fournier, Caryn A. Grape, Phyllis T. H. Grummon, and Jill K. Morelli
Although several hundred articles and a number of books on these topics had been written by the fall of 2012, the field is still at an early stage of development. A first step in creating value from this existing body of work is to gather, summarize and evaluate how far the field has come in identifying the elements that will allow us to thoughtfully design learning spaces and evaluate their impact.
This was the purpose of the project being reported in this paper: a literature review undertaken by a small group of researchers and campus architects/planners who had applied for and been awarded a grant from the Hideo Sasaki Foundation in honor of Perry Chapman and administered through the Society for College and University Planning.
The research team for the proposal was led by Susan Painter, director of the research studio at AC Martin in Los Angeles, California. The team also included: Janice Fournier, University of Washington; Caryn Grape, Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners; Phyllis Grummon, Society for College and University Planning; Jill Morelli, University of Washington School of Medicine; Susan Whitmer, Herman Miller; Joseph Cevetello, University of Southern California.
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Joseph Cevetello is director of learning environments, information technology services at the University of Southern California (USC). In this role, he directs strategy, vision, and operations for USC’s learning environments and provides leadership toward fulfilling the strategic goals for educational technology. He has primary responsibility for a new initiative to build and support learning spaces to enhance learning, teaching, research, and outreach on campus. He received his master’s degree and his doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research and teaching interests encompass how online learning technologies affect adult learner and teacher interaction/collaboration and how media influence student perspectives of learning. Janice Fournier is an educational psychologist with a background in the learning sciences and human development and cognition. Her research focuses on learning in both formal and informal settings. She has worked for over 10 years at the University of Washington (UW), beginning at the Program for Educational Transformation Through Technology (PETTT) and later joining UW information technology. She conducts educational research on teaching and learning with technology as well as user research to inform the design of web applications and campus learning spaces.
Caryn Grape, a graduate of Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire, holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. In her pursuit of becoming a licensed architect, she is now gaining valuable experience working at Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners in Santa Monica, California. As a veteran presenter at SCUP–47 (SCUP’s 47th Annual, International Conference, 2012) she possesses a strong interest in the design and planning of higher education facilities.
Jill Morelli is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the director of facilities at the University of Washington School of Medicine, a position she has held for six years. Prior to that, she was the university architect at the Ohio State University. In her present position, she manages space for a college-level unit of one million square feet, projects from $5,000 to more than $160 million, and asset management after it is constructed. She handles the teaching and research mission of the school, ranked second in federally funded research in the United States.
Susan Painter is senior planner and director of research at AC Martin in Los Angeles, California, where she specializes in university campus master plans and campus residential communities. Her current research is a series of behavioral post-occupancy studies on AC Martin’s recent education projects. Susan was tenured associate professor of psychology and architecture at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada for 12 years and instructor in the University of California, Los Angeles interior architecture program for 14 years. She was elected Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association in 1991 for her distinguished service to the field of psychology. Her design psychology work with Constance Forrest, a doctor of psychology, has been featured on the NBC Today Show, in the Los Angeles Times, and in many books and articles, including in the Handbook of Environmental Psychology. Susan serves as principal researcher for the research on learning space design sponsored by the 2012-13 Perry Chapman Prize.Susan Whitmer is a lead researcher in education at Herman Miller, Inc. She has been immersed in research with the company for over 25 years. Whitmer is currently tasked with studying the trends, challenges, and opportunities that will impact the future of the learning experience. She conducts field research and gathers data from students, teachers, and administrators—information Herman Miller uses to inform thought leadership and the development of new education solutions. Whitmer has dedicated much of her life to another of her passions: learning. A voracious student, Whitmer earned a degree in design from Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, as well as a license in interior design. She has a master of business administration from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia and a master of science in accessibility and inclusive design from the University of Salford in the United Kingdom. Whitmer extends her passion for education by sharing her knowledge and expertise at workshops and conferences. She has written numerous white papers and co-authored several articles on learning spaces, including peer-reviewed papers for Open House International and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance 2011 conference.
Phyllis Grummon has been the Director of Planning and Education for the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) for ten years. During that time, she launched the SCUP Planning Institute, wrote Trends to Watch in Higher Education, supported the growth of the higher education institutional plans database, was on the Editorial Board of Planning for Higher Education, as well as contributing to SCUP in many other ways. Prior to joining SCUP, Phyllis Grummon was the Director of University Planning at Michigan State University. She will be retiring from SCUP on June 30, 2013.