Learning from Learning Spaces: Informing Collaboration Space Design Through a Multi-Site Post-Occupancy Evaluation and Workshops


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  • Primary Core Competencies: Assessment of the School Facility
  • AIA CEU: 1. 0 LU
  • Secondary Core Competencies: Design of Educational Facilities


Collaboration is key to innovative learning environments, but how have they been performing and what can we improve moving forward now that many schools have been operating in them? What types of spaces & features facilitate or support collaboration? We studied 4 schools from elementary to high school level that implemented different collaborative spaces and will share findings from Post-occupancy surveys, educator workshops/focus groups, and observation.

Learning Objectives

OBJ #1  Illustrate the value of a post-occupancy evaluation (POE) to inform future project designs.

OBJ #2  Understand the components of a post-occupancy evaluation process and how to perform a POE.

OBJ #3  Describe the ways in which specific spatial design features can encourage or inhibit collaborative behavior.

OBJ #4  Compare and Contrast collaborative learning spaces and apply POE lessons learned based on goals specific to your project.

Kate Mraw, Associate Principal, LPA

Kimari Phillips, EDAC, Senior Research Analyst, LPA, inc.

Dr. Julie Zoellin Cramer,