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Review Team 2006

Meet the 2006 Awards Review Team:

“I believe the contribution of this awards panel is to become advocates for the integration of educational objectives, programming, design and evaluation. These are linked activities that are not commonly employed by school designers.” — Henry Sanoff, reviewer and two-time award winner

Our 12 distinguished team members in 2006 — each a leader in their specialty — combine a wealth of experience in educational facility planning, architecture, and research. Using advanced web-based tools to analyze project data and conduct online discussions, the team generates remarkable collective insights.

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Photo: (Top, L-R) Rodolfo Almedia, Randy Fielding, Bobbie Hill, Ulla Kjærvang, Dr. Jeff Lackney, Dr. Frank Locker; (Bottom, L-R) Prakash Nair, Jeff Phillips, Dr. Henry Sanoff, Dr. Susan Wolff, Amy Yurko, Dr. Pablo Campos.

2006 team members:

    rodolfo Rodolfo Almeida: Presently, international consultant on educational spaces. Architect, graduated at the Faculty of Architecture, National Autonomous University (UNAM), Mexico 1961. Has worked in more than 90 countries in this field, plus research studies, training, and design of prototype and pilot educational buildings (emphasis placed on community participation to define their educational project for all ages and gender; use of local available materials and safe buildings within affordable costs). Had special assignments in construction and reconstruction in war areas or coming out from the war (Bosnia, Palestine, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Vietnam, Cambodia) or in areas affected by natural disasters (El Salvador, Madagascar, Mexico etc.). Postgraduate studies on Theory of Architecture at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, France. Training course on Earth Architecture, Grenoble, France. Member of the Colegio de Arquitectos de Mexico; of the Working Group ‘Educational and Cultural Spaces’ of the International Union of Architects (UIA); of the Scientific and Research Council of CRATerre and of the School of Architecture, Grenoble, France. Also international adviser to FEDE (Foundation of Educational Buildings) in Venezuela.

    pablo Dr. Pablo Campos: Architect and campus planner. Currently a professor of Architecture in the Universidad San Pablo-C.E.U. Dr. of Architecture of Universidad Politecnica of Madrid. Author of the award-winning book, El Viaje de la Utopia (The Voyage to Utopia: a History and Analysis of Campus Master Planning in North America and Europe, 2002). Campos, known for his research into the impact of university environments on both the learning process and surrounding urban communities, describes the existing buildings that house the Administration and the Central Offices as the best examples of the European University of the ancien regime. He examines how the existing would meet the new, as well as how natural and constructed environments can be designed to relate to each other. He also addresses how learning might flow between the University and the adjacent the city – design can mediate and extend the cultural, educational, and economical contexts for learning beyond campus boundaries.

    Randy Shrilanka Randall Fielding: Principal of Fielding/Nair International, an award-winning planning and design firm. Founder of DesignShare. Randall Fielding, AIA, is the Chairman and Founding Partner of Fielding Nair International, LLC (FNI), an award-winning school planning and design firm with offices in New York, Minneapolis and Madison and consultations in 20 states around the U.S. and 17 countries on five continents. Randy oversees FNI’s primary mission to improve learning by serving as a world leader in the creation of new and renovated facilities and educational campuses that are in consonance with established best practice and research. Randy’s achievements have earned him more than a dozen design awards for his work as an architect and planner on high performance projects that foster personalized learning, real-world connections, and small learning communities; including the 2002 Council of Educational Facility Planners International “Impact on Learning” Award. He is internationally recognized as an authority on innovative school design and has been selected to serve as a consultant, presenter and/or keynote speaker in Azerbaijan, Australia, Canada, Chile, India, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, The Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Spain, and the United States. One of Randy’s “signatures” is his ability to come down off of the podium, sharing ideas with heads of state, educators, and children with equal passion. He continues to serve as a co-owner and principle DesignShare advisor, but the focus of his work is in helping communities plan and design effective environments for lifelong learning. He is on the editorial advisory board for both School Construction News and School Planning and Management Magazine. Co-author of The Language of School Design: Design Principles for 21st Century Schools. Randy often serves as both the educational facility planner and the Design Architect, partnering with local firms for Construction Documents, Engineering, and Construction Administration services.

    Bobbie Hill: Partner, Director of Planning for New Orleans-based Concordia LLC. Through the Concordia Planning Model, she works with communities to help them realize their potential through concensus building and exploring learning oportunities through collaboration. Ms. Hill is currently directing projects in two neighborhoods in Philadelphia; in collaboration with the Philadelphia School District, Camden, New Jersey; and is conducting a facilities master planning process for the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District. Concordia has been hired by the Louisiana Recovery Authority to coordinate planning throughout Katrina and Rita ravaged Southern Louisiana and will provide coordination, oversight and best practices for local neighborhood and city wide planning for New Orleans on behalf of the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

    ulla Ulla Kjærvang: Ulla Kjærvang is an educational architect from Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark. Concurrently with her architect study she worked as practising architect with Dall and Lindhardtsen in Aalborg, Denmark. Ulla Kjærvang has specialised in the importance of the physical frames in the teaching and educational environment. Ulla Kjærvang is employed at the Danish Centre of Educational Environment where she provides consultancy services and supervision in matters of the physical and aesthetic educational environment: new buildings, interior design and organisation and the establishment of the schools’ exterior surroundings. The purpose is to offer schools and educational institutions better grounds to ensure a good physical and aesthetic educational environment. Ulla Kjærvang has written articles for specialist journals and the daily press. Furthermore, she has created the idea to the Danish book “Æstetik, ja tak, - en inspirationsbog om hverdagsæstetik i grundskolen” (Aesthetic – yes, please. An inspirational book about everyday aesthetic in the Danish school system). Ulla Kjærvang is also Denmark’s contact person in the Nordic network “Morgendagens skole” (the school of tomorrow) and moreover, she participates in various reference groups of research and development projects. For Ulla, the key questions when working with the physical and aesthetic educational environment are: 1) What is the value of design and decoration of the physical surroundings when it comes to the issues of learning and satisfaction? and 2) How will space, aesthetics and education be considered within the design of the school of the future?

    Dr. Jeff Lackney: Jeff Lackney has committed his practice as a registered architect for nearly 20 years to the visioning, planning, designing, constructing and evaluating of learning environments. Currently he consults nationally with FNI as an educational facility planner advocating innovative vision-driven approaches to planning for education. He has conducted research, published and presented internationally on the influence of the physical setting on learning, assessing the fit between educational programs and older buildings, community-based planning, action research and reflective practice, small schools research, the role of the physical setting in mediating school climate and culture, post-occupancy evaluation in schools, and neighborhood schools planning. Dr. Lackney is co-author of a new textbook on Educational Architecture published in 2006. He published a digest entitled “Thirty-three Educational Design Principles for Schools and Community Learning” for the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF) that outlines innovative strategies and trends in educational design. He work has attracted the attention of media outlets, NY Times, BBC Radio, and Edutopia. Prior to joining FNI, Dr. Lackney was assistant professor within the Department of Engineering Professional Development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-M) where he conducted continuing education courses in architecture and facility management.

    locker Dr. Frank Locker: PhD, AIA, REFP. Honored as Planner of the Year by the Council of Educational Facilities Planners in 1999, Dr Locker is an educational planner, architect, former educator, and trained facilitator. He is a frequent speaker at national and regional educational planning conferences. Topics have included “Linking Student Success to School Facilities”, “School of the Future”, “Constructivist Learning”, and “Why is Change So Hard?” With a New England based practice, Dr Locker focuses on innovative educational concepts and the facilities that support them. Now a principal of DeJONG-Locker and a senior project consultant with Fielding Nair International, he was until recently Vice President with DeJONG educational planners. Recent projects have included a desegregation analysis of school facilities in Orange County, Florida; visioning and design for a 275 student K-12 school in Alaska; program development for a 200 student private high school in Michigan; and advising the Massachusetts School Building Authority on future-oriented space standards.

    prakashPrakash Nair: Internationally recognized consultant in the areas of innovative schools and educational technology. He is the President and Partner of Fielding Nair International an award-winning school planning firm.; he is also a co-owner and key advisor to He is the recipient of several international awards including the prestigious CEFPI MacConnell Award, the top honor worldwide for school design. He has written extensively in leading international journals about school design and educational technology and their connection to established educational research. He is also the author of two guidebooks on school planning including the landmark 2005 publication, The Language of School Design: Design Principles for 21st Century Schools, written with Fielding. Prior to co-founding Fielding Nair International, Prakash worked for 10 years as Director of Operations for a multi-billion dollar school construction program for New York City. He also led the effort to develop a new research-based tool to evaluate the educational effectiveness of schools. This tool, now being tested by schools and governments in the United States, Australia and Singapore will revolutionize the way we look at how school buildings and campuses actually work to support teaching and learning. Prakash has served as the Northeast Regional President of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International. Prakash Serves as a Managing Principal on several projects scattered around the world. He has served as a school planning and design consultant, presenter and/or keynote speaker for clients in Australia (five states), Canada, India, New Zealand, Qatar, Singapore, Thailand, The Netherlands, Spain, U.A.E., U.K. and the United States. Before that, Prakash worked as Director of Planning for a national firm serving various school districts in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida.

    Jeff Phillips Jeff Phillips: Jeff Phillips is the Principal Consultant for Research and Development in Facility Planning for the Department of Education and Training in Western Australia. As an educator with of over 30 year’s experience, he has held senior administration and teaching positions in Australian and International schools. His current research involves an analysis of innovation and change in educational delivery and facilities provision throughout the world and identifying good practice in school building design. Since October 2001 Jeff has been engaged by the Ministry of Public Works and Housing in the United Arab Emirates to evaluate their existing schools and to develop briefs for New Schools and Kindergartens. Jeff has also met and provided briefings and reports to several delegations of educators and planners visiting Australia from overseas on matters related to educational reform and facilities provision. Jeff is the current President of the Australasia Region of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) He has been a member of CEFPI since 1998 and elected to the International Board of Directors in 2004.

    sanoff Dr. Henry Sanoff: Henry Sanoff came to the College of Design in 1966 from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was an Assistant Professor from 1963. A member of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers, award winner as Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor, and a recipient of the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal of Excellence, Professor Sanoff has been a visiting lecturer at more than 85 institutions in the USA and abroad including Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey. He has been a visiting scholar at The University of London, Oxford Brooks University, Royal College of Art, Monterrey Technical Institute, Tokyo University, Western Australia Institute of Technology, University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, University of Wellington, Royal Danish Academy of Art, University of Thessaloniki, Uni-versity of Hamburg, Seoul National University, Misr University, and the Polish Institute of Ar-chitects. Sanoff received the Statue of Victory World Culture Prize for Letters, Arts, and Science; awards from Progressive Architecture Design Awards Program; and the Award of Honor, and Distinguished Service Award from the Environmental Design Research Association. Professor Sanoff is the principal founder of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). He is also the USA editor of the International Journal of Design Studies. Additionally, Professor Sanoff is widely published and well known for his many books—including Community Participation in Design and Planning (Wiley, 2000) and Creating Environments for Young Children (NEA,1995).

    susan wolf Dr. Susan Wolff: The Director of Wolff Designs, an organation that focuses on educational and facilities planning. In addition to serving on this review team, she has been a jury member for CEFPI and the AIA CAE architectural awards. She co-chaired the highly successful AIA CAE spring conference in Portland, Oregon two years ago. Current areas of research and consulting include developing learning/academic plans; designing and planning physical learning environments and master facilities plans at pre-K to higher education levels in formal and informal learning settings; career and technical education; and collaborative, project-based learning. The findings of her research have been used in school and college design across the country. Two of those projects have received multiple design and planning awards. Dr. Wolff is also the Chief Academic Officer at Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles, Oregon. She developed an Academic Master Plan, in collaboration with college staff and community members in both counties the college serves, that guides instructional and facilities decisions. The college is currently designing a new building on the campus in The Dalles that will serve as the front door of the college with a one-stop service area for students, and house health, science, and technology programs. The design clearly reflects the mission of the college and directives of the Academic Master Plan. As this is written, two aspects that are quite exciting are the learning living rooms that are integrated within the building, and the cascading effect through the building out into the college courtyard and amphitheater. The college also purchased property in Hood River, Oregon for a college center that is currently in the design concept phase. It will be built along a creek in a setting that will serve as outdoor learning laboratories.

    amy Amy Yurko: Amy is an architect (Master of Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis), and educator, writer, speaker/presenter, knowledge leader, and community volunteer. Her newly established enterprise, BrainSpaces, offers collaborative visioning, programming and planning expertise to school districts throughout the country. Prior to founding BrainSpaces, Amy was Principal and National Director of School Planning & Design at DLR Group, a 600-person architecture and engineering firm. Over her nearly 20-year career, Amy has been involved in the planning, management and design of over $1,000,000,000 of domestic and international school projects. Through speaking in a variety of venues both nationally and internationally, as well as through teaching in the architectural programs at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Mrs. Yurko has developed a keen understanding of the challenges in education today and how they can be addressed through architectural planning and design. An effective communicator and leader, she is an expert in the programming and design of complex educational facilities. Her innovative approach and personable style allow for successful consensus building and design work sessions that seek and explore fresh ideas and responsive solutions.


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