by Lennie Scott-Webber
Clearly, space affects learning behavior. Yet even in this new Knowledge Age, designers go back constantly to familiar Agrarian and Industrial Age learning space models. For the past decade, SCUPer Lennie Scott-Webber has worked assiduously to comb through the latest behavioral and sociological research relating to how people interact with the built environment. She’s taken what used to “sit on shelves in the ivory halls of academe” and has applied it to the physical design of interior learning spaces.
Her work, shared in this elegant book with clear and over-sized diagrams and charts, establishes five different archetypal environments that support knowledge sharing: Environments for Delivering Knowledge; Environments for Applying Knowledge; Environments for Creating Knowledge; Environments for Communication Knowledge; and Environments for Decision Making.
There’s more to classroom design than simply considering what technology to put into the classroom. Designers and clients, whether in education or the corporate world, will each enjoy the way existing environmental/behavior research can be applied to the thoughtful consideration of these archetypes, either standing alone or used in combinations to create rich, interactive learning spaces.
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With 25 plus years as an interior designer, researcher, international speaker, educator, and academic administrator, “Dr. Lennie” works as a specialist in the design and planning of environments for sharing knowledge as President and CEO of In_Sync. Her philosophy incorporates the integration of research for informing design resolutions. The design focus is on environments for knowledge sharing—higher education and corporate learning centers. As an environment behaviorist her research has centered on knowledge sharing scenarios relative to adult learners. Her former roles include: Chair of The School of Interior Design at Ryerson University; the Director of Applications Research for Vecta a Steelcase Design Partnership Company; faculty member at Virginia Tech; and owning and operating her own full service interior design firms in both Canada and the United States.