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Go Outside! Learnscapes and Optimizing the Spaces In Between

Published July 15, 2021
Presented by Heidi Creighton, BuroHappold Engineering | Julie Hendricks, University of California-Santa Barbara | Alice Kimm, JFAK Architects | Mia Lehrer, Studio-MLA
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
University of California-Santa Barbara

Pandemics aren't going away, which is why institutions must invest in permanent outdoor learnscapes to optimize educational outcomes. In this session, we'll discuss how to connect structure, landscape, and sustainability to counter VUCA and establish stable and productive learning environments that enhance performance, creativity, and wellness through connections to nature and newly-expanded views and perspectives. Come discover new ways to transform your outdoor campus spaces with wellness-oriented designs to offset enrollment decline, maintain stable learning conditions, and stabilize class sizes.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Diagram learnscapes for your outdoor campus environment.
  2. Produce a report detailing what you need to create a learnscape, from general layout and programming to cost estimation and infrastructural requirements.
  3. Document real-world case studies as successful reference projects that can offset challenges that may arise.
  4. Frame the use of learnscapes as a way to stabilize periods of VUCA by performing scenario planning, using data and feedback from the 2020-2021 academic year.


Heidi Creighton, Associate Principal, BuroHappold Engineering
Julie Hendricks, Director of Design, University of California-Santa Barbara
Alice Kimm, Partner, JFAK Architects
Mia Lehrer, President, Studio-MLA

Continuing Education Units: AIA HSW 1 Unit (SCUP56C1167) | AICP CM 1 Unit

Recorded 7/15/21.

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