Talk title: Architectural design that transforms learning
In Peter’s architectural practice he explores how the build environment can enhance learning. The newest education spaces encourage four learning modes of the typical school day: socializing, creating, focusing and collaborating. “Campfire” settings allow kids to socialize and create, “performance nooks” are informal spaces where kids can perform, and inexpensive graphics encourage students to feel a sense of wonder and curiosity. “Far from forcing change upon schools,” says Peter, “we’re finding that the way people learn is transforming the built environment.”
Peter is an architect at Gensler, with over nineteen years of experience in education and green building design. As a director of the firm’s education practice area, he is charged with incorporating the latest research, technology, and thought leadership into the design and delivery of Gensler’s projects. A passionate environmentalist, Peter encourages resource conservation through design thinking, both in the office and local community through lectures, the formulation of grass roots initiatives and volunteer committees. Peter is the former Board Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council, Los Angeles Chapter,
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