LEARNING CENTER POST OCCUPANCY EVALUATION

LEARNING CENTER POST OCCUPANCY EVALUATION

The post-occupancy process is inherent to our education practice studio. We are intensely interested in the outcomes of our design decisions, striving for continuous refinement of our process. Our interest transcends specific building types and grade levels to focus on principles: environmental health, degree of flexibility, how well a space supports learning objectives, and measurable impacts on student success.

In an evaluation, we return to assess how a building has impacted its users. We study cause and effect from the largest of spatial conditions to the smallest of details, because even details can influence behaviors that can change the learning experience. Successful education design is all about user interaction, and we pay close attention to the ways a design engages the students. These are often intentional, but sometimes unexpected. This process is tremendously fruitful, teaching us new things each time we undertake it. Rather than simply keeping us current with the latest design trends, it provides a method for measuring their efficacy in real classroom situations. This is the premise of Evidence-Based Design.

Our compliments to the Milpitas School District for their curiosity about the outcomes of their new learning centers, and their support in orchestrating this evaluation.