Tomorrow’s School – Beyond Yesterday’s Classroom
Designing Schools for 21st Century Learners
Don’t Just Rebuild Schools—Reinvent Them
FNI’s Scotch Oakburn College Middle School Project in Launceston, Tasmania has Opened. Details
Randy Fielding interviewed Phorecast: “We need to teach our kids skills, not subjects!” Click here to listen to podcast
End-of-Year News: Several Exciting New Project Wins in Canada, USA, Malaysia and Abu Dhabi. Details
Mid-Year News Update: New projects, EFEI launch and publications. Details
The Cristo Rey Jesuit High School & Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center has been awarded. Details
Randall Fielding awarded CEFPI International Planner of the Year Details
Microsoft Taps FNI For Key Role in Global Innovative Schools Program Details
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center in operation in Minneapolis. Details
Health and Fitness Centre Opens at Scotch Oakburn College. Details
Groundbreakings on Cayman Islands.Details
A Comfortable Truth – 8 Truths about Comfort in Schools. Click here for link to new article.
FNI Adds several new consultants and expands service offerings.
Building Futures – Video Interview with Prakash Nair
New Project Wins
The Language of School Design – New book by Nair and Fielding.
Fielding Returns from Sri Lanka and Heads to Azerbaijan and Australia Details
Dr. Lackney criss-crosses land to lead design efforts on behalf of FNI – Details
Nair’s Latest trip covers 5 Australian States, Thailand and Singapore Details
Nair Returns from Planning & Design Consultation Workshops in 4 Australian States and Singapore Details
Nair in Australia – Nair to Keynote Australian Conference in April 2005. Details
Fielding in Singapore and Australia Details
Nair in Alaska Details
Fielding at NAF – Randy Fielding addresses National Audience at NAF Conference in New York. Details
Better Schools for Ohio – State of Ohio hires FNI to conduct detailed study of school designs. Details
FNI Wins MacConnell Award – Reece School in Tasmania Australia by FNI is MacConnell Award winner! Details
FNI in the News
by Amanda Lozano, La Prensa, March 26, 2013
“Inspire Academies has partnered up with Fielding Nair International: world famous architects that specialize in innovative school design and education technology to develop the first school of its kind in the nation. Their schools will feature more than eight outdoor learning areas, and creative indoor learning studios, opposed to more traditional classrooms.”
by Jennifer Lewington, Education Canada Magazine, Volume 52, Issue 5, 2012
Using Douglas Park School as an example, Jennifer Lewington explores how school spaces impact 21st century learning.
“School districts in Canada are part of a growing international movement that puts strong emphasis on school design to serve the diverse needs and learning styles of students for the 21st century economy. Diverse, purposeful spaces for individual and group activities, “schools within schools,” support for cross-disciplinary collaboration by students and teachers and generous use of natural light are among the distinguishing features of the new approach to school construction. Advocates say teacher professional development will be needed for schools to reap the full benefits from learning-friendly architecture.”
West Life, October 10, 2012
“Now, Magnificat High School has taken the transformation further, with its “Surround Learning Center”…”
“Designer James Seamon of Felding Nair International headed the design team, and made several trips to the school to gather input and suggestions from students, faculty and staff.”
West Life, January 4, 2012
“The design firm of Fielding Nair International was selected to come up with a schematic for the work, and senior designer James Seaman visited the school…”
“Seaman also presented designs of the Surround Learning areas to the students, which were based on the discussions and findings during his spring visit.”
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The overwhelming majority of the nearly 76 million students in America’s schools and colleges spend most of the academic day in classrooms. That’s a problem because the classroom has been obsolete for several decades. That’s not just my opinion. It’s established science. Click here to download the full article.
In the heart of south Minneapolis, the seniors at Cristo Rey will be the school’s first graduating class. Many will be the first in their family to finish high school. And some will be the first to go to college.
“Most of our school buildings resemble an Industrial Age factory production line,” says Prakash Nair, a United States-based Malayali architect and an …
Finding Minnesota: Cristo Rey Jesuit, The 1st Of Its Kind
Prakash Nair Featured in “Education World Magazine” for his Dedication in Transforming India’s Education Landscape
U.S. based Fielding Nair International’s President, Prakash Nair, has a passion to create innovative 21st century learning environments all around the world. Addressing a group of academic heavyweights recently at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai, Nair’s 60-minute lecture on “Learning by Design in the Creative Age”, which centered on how educational environments can be transformed to induce creative and critical thinking, wowed the 54-strong audience.
“Education World Magazine” features an article and interview with Prakash Nair regarding FNI’s long-term commitment in the design of 100′s of schools in India over the next 5 years. “This is my way to give back to India,” says Nair.
FNI’s Senior Designer, Mariana Boctor, featured in “Cocotte Design”: Designing the NextGen Schools — Just Like Home
“Cocotte Design”, an e-based site dedicated to outstanding females in design and interior decor, has chosen Fielding Nair International’s, Mariana Boctor, as their “Star of the Week”. In this informative article, Mariana describes how she is designing next generation schools worldwide that look and feel just like home.
FNI’s Duke School in North Carolina and Scotch Oakburn College in Tasmania have received awards from the American School Board Journal’s Learning By Design, “The Premier Source for Education Design Innovation & Excellence”. Click here to download Reprints from the Spring 2010 Issue of Learning by Design.
Minneapolis, Minn.-based Fielding Nair International approaches projects a bit differently than most architectural firms designing for the education sector, Chairman Randall Fielding admits. “The typical way to begin a design project is to listen very well and to take good notes,” he says.
“Most architects are great listeners. They will take out a yellow pad and take dozens and dozens of pages of detailed notes about what the client wants. We don’t start there. If Henry Ford asked people in 1905 what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse. Even innovative educators are not necessarily visionary when it comes to the integration of space and learning.”
“The idea is you don’t know what you don’t know,” CEO Prakash Nair explains. “We’re trying to get people to tell us what they need and what they want, but we also need to open their eyes to the possibilities. Our process is what we call ‘active listening,’ where we challenge the status quo and get people to focus on real data vs. perception.
Randall Fielding, Prof. Stephen Heppell discuss link between technology and education at the World Innovation Summit for Education in Qatar
“School architects and change agents for education, Fielding Nair International’s chairman Randall Fielding stressed the necessity for schools to have sustainable design.
“Daylight, natural ventilation, and indoor-outdoor connections should be the key elements,” he explained while observing that most of the new higher education buildings “are built on the wrong idea.”
“These structures end up as spectacular buildings by star architects, from the public relations point of view,” Fielding said.
Heppell.net CEO professor Stephen Heppell said that if 20th century saw building big things for people, 21st century helps people to help themselves through communication technology.
“The 20th century was an era of global conflict, whereas the 21st century is the age of learning,” he added. ”
“The 3,000-crore Yash Birla Group has earmarked Rs 500 crore in the next three years to establish nearly 350 educational institutions for students and teachers through the group company, Birla Edutech.
This will comprise around 200 pre-schools, over 100 K-to-12 schools, 15 super-speciality colleges, and 20 teacher training institutes, the Group Chairman, Mr Yash Birla, said at a press meet here on Wednesday…
..Birla Edutech has tied up with Fielding Nair International (FNI), a company that designs school facilities. ”
The Mobile Learning Institute’s film series “A 21st Century Education” profiles individuals who embrace and defend fresh approaches to learning and who confront the urgent social challenges that are part of a 21st century experience. “A 21st Century Education” compiles, in short film format, the best ideas around school reform. The series is meant to start, extend, or nudge the conversation about how to make change in education happen. In this film, architect Randall Fielding demonstrates the connection between where and how students learn in the 21st century.
Nair, Prakash (2009)Education Week, Vol. 28, Issue 28, (8 April) Pages 24-25
“If we simply repair broken structures, we will ignore the real problems with American education while giving renewed life to a model of teaching and learning that has been obsolete since the end of the industrial era.”
Randy Fielding was interviewed by Swedish consulting firm Phorecast for a podcast on FNI’s educational philosophy, including some of Randy’s own techniques for maintaining creativity in his design studio… from exercise equipment to reindeer antlers! He discusses some of FNI’s innovations in challenging and exciting schools around the globe, and reflects on how FNI’s philosophy is viewed by both supporters and critics.
Geelong Independent, Victoria, January 2009
Torquay College in Victoria, Australia, has been designed by John Patrick Architects using the Small Learning Community model. Prakash Nair has been credited as the concept developer.
Dominion Post (Advertorial), Wellington, October 2008
Fielding Nair International FNI was the planning and design consultant for this project — including Te Ara Hou Ala Fou and the forthcoming school rebuild. Some very positive comments from the staff and students: “The kids are different — being kind to each other — and have a different attitude to their learning.”
Voices in Urban Education, Spring 2008
This paper by Annalise Gehling and Prakash Nair discusses the democratic aspects of an autonomous small learning community with minimal or no classrooms.
Professional Voice Vol. 5 Issue 3, 2008
This paper by Annalise Gehling and Prakash Nair describes some of the key elements of several new school campuses in Victoria, Australia.
Carrollwood News & Tribune, 27 August 2008
“When students returned to the school last week, they discovered light-filled classrooms, places to play and cozy study nooks. Teachers are planning time for outdoor learning, and parents may find themselves staying at Hillel to chat rather than simply dropping off their children and driving away.”
Autism Asperger’s Digest, May/June 2008
“Eight design standards and solutions gathered from interviews with people most directly affected by autism – parents, teachers, and therapists, as well as college students and adults with autism”
Click here to see youtube Videos of Prakash Nair’s Keynote Presentation to Key Biscayne’s community stakeholders as they plan the first new Municipal Charter High School within this Island Paradise near Miami Beach, Florida. Presentation is titled: Best Practices in Education and Facilities Design:
Intended Consequences, 24 January 2008
“A great interview with a very interesting person.” Tim Holt interviews Prakash Nair for his regular podcasting series
Baruch College Teaching and Technology Conference, 26 April 2006
Prakash Nair discusses the future of education and educational technology in the keynote address to the 2006 Baruch College Teaching and Technology Conference, City University of New York.
Visions of a Brave New Washington: Contest Shows the D.C. of 2108 Salvaging Decay For New Modes of Harnessing Water, Food, EnergyWashington Post, 16 January 2008
FNI Senior Planning Consultant Isaac Williams leads the team of faculty and students from University of Maryland, winners of the IBM Innovation Engineering Award at the History Channel/IBM/Infiniti “City of the Future” competition at Union Station, Washington DC.
Washington and Virginia Schools to Receive 2008 Architectural Awards from AASAUS Fed News, 4 January 2008
FNI wins a citation award for design of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center, Minneapolis.
Jeffery Lackney has contributed Chapter 6, A Design Language for Schools and Learning Communities to this international publication.
Cayman Net News, Cayman Islands, 2 January 2008
‘Celebrated international name in education’, Prakash Nair, credited in Cayman Islands’ presentation in London at the prestigious World Ministerial Seminar on Technology in Education.
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, MN, 26 December 2007
FNI Associate Tiffany Green speaks about her twin roles with FNI and the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) in Minneapolis
CEFPI e-News, December 2007
Randy Fielding consulted on worldwide school building trends
CEFPI News Release, 18 October 2007
“Planner of the Year is the highest and most distinguished individual honor conferred by the international organization. It is presented annually to the individual whose professional facility planning activities have produced a significantly positive regional, national or international impact on educational facility planning.”
Architecture Australia, September/October 2007
Prakash Nair listed as a partner in Victorian Government’s ‘vast’ education facilities investment program
Cayman Islands Ministry Blog
“Not education as usual — History in the making as the Cayman Islands take a holistic approach to the transformation of its entire government education system and blaze the trail towards building the ultimate 21st century learning spaces.”
The Providence Journal, RI, 21 November 2007
FNI makes recommendations for Rhode Island district’s schools: “The plan, while certainly expensive, would be more beneficial to modern learning and more cost-effective than remodeling the district’s aging school buildings (to the tune of $108 million)”
1 campus, at last, for Duke SchoolThe Herald-Sun, NC, 17 October 2007
“‘We think the facilities are pretty cutting-edge,’ said Dave Michaelman, the head of the school.”
Edutopia Magazine, April 2007
Randy Fielding and Prakash Nair advocate an ergonomic, humanistic approach to the design of learning spaces
Healthy Schools Campaign Blog
The Healthy Schools Campaign gives Randy Fielding and Prakash Nair’s article, A Comfortable Truth, the thumbs up
Cayman Net News, Cayman Islands, 19 March 2007
The Cayman schools’ design team studied the local shapes, sounds and traditions for reflection in their world-leading designs
Award-winning school planners promise world-class designKapi Mana News, New Zealand, March 2007
FNI worked with the Porirua College community to envision the spaces that would best support students for the 21st Century
“Building Futures” Interview with Prakash NairDepartment of Education, Victoria, Australia, 2006
An in-depth discussion of the basic principles of 21st Century school design with Prakash Nair
Cayman Net News, Cayman Islands, 4 December 2006
“I believe that the work we are undertaking to transform our education system is to produce students and young adults, allowing them to emerge more and more as empowered, self-positioned, motivated, capable individuals, able to hold their own in the global market place,“ — The Hon. Alden McLaughlin, Cayman Islands Minister for Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports and Culture
Cayman Net News, Cayman Islands, 24 November 2006
Prakash Nair, “a globally acclaimed change agent for the enhancement of teaching and learning through improved school design, ” is one of the keynote speakers at a conference on the future of education in the Cayman Islands
Cayman Net News, Cayman Islands, 24 November 2006
“With the major cost implications of the planned new facilities, it is essential that we seek world class advice and get it right. There is no second chance,” — The Hon. Alden McLaughlin, Cayman Islands Minister for Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports and Culture
New ideas for old-school schoolKingborough Times, Australia, 12 November 2006
INTERNATIONAL school design expert Prakash Nair met with students, staff and key community representatives in Kingston this month to discuss its $30 million new high school.
School Planning and Management, 1 November 2006
A discussion of knee-jerk and constructive responses to anti-social student behaviour, by Jeff Lackney and Christian Long
Cayman Net News, Cayman Islands, 24 October 2006
Announcement of design team for 3 new public high schools on Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
The American Institute of Architects had a symposium in late September 2006 to improve the quality of schools in Charlotte. Randy is interviewed along with Harvey Gantt, former Charlotte Mayor.
TheThinkingCurriculum.com, Australia, 6 September 2006
A reflection on Prakash Nair‘s presentations regarding new schools in Bendigo, Australia
The Age, Australia, 28 August 2006
Jeff Lackney, Prakash Nair and Randy Fielding all mentioned in article on recently-developed and in-planning respectful spaces in Victorian high schools.
“Apart from the obvious benefits to local students, this innovative concept would mean the wider community would have access to the very latest facilities including a new library, performing arts and recreation facilities and learning areas” Kildare Ward Councillor Stretch Kontelj
Edutopia Magazine, July 2006
A discussion of two community-centric approaches to school design: the ‘Community Learning Center’ and ‘Community as School’ models
Learning by LiberationThe Hobart Mercury, Australia, 21 July 2006
On Reece High School, the design of which won Prakash Nair the McConnell Award for school planning: ‘The school is now protected by something proving far stronger than razor wire: pride. Since the opening of the rebuilt $10 million school in 2003, there has been very little vandalism.’
Edutopia, June 2006
Randy Fielding, Prakash Nair and Jeff Lackney introduce several new design solutions for student-centred teaching and learning
Edutopia, March 2006
Randy Fielding debunks some of the myths associated with use of lighting and colour in schools
Place, Australia, April 2006
Discussion of school building design in Australian architectural magazine; mentions Prakash Nair as international expert
Learning to the MaxThe Age, Australia, 27 February 2006
Prakash Nair’s work referenced in discussion of larger, non-traditional settings in Victorian schools
Edutopia, November 2005
Randall Fielding and Prakash Nair introduce the concept of the Small Learning Community
The Hobart Mercury, Australia, 22 April 2005
ABC News Online, Australia, 21 April 2005
The Hindu, India, 4 March 2005
Prakash Nair applauds Thiruvananthapuram (India) school
Nation’s Cities Weekly, 29 March 2004
“So many new schools look alike, asserts Prakash Nair, international school building consultant and architect, because we continue to ‘warehouse’ children with too little thought to how the design will impact student learning.”
The Daily Targum (Rutgers), NJ, 5 November 2003
Jeff Lackney and Prakash Nair present at workshop ‘focused on education reform, design and redesign issues facing American schools today.’
ABC 936 Hobart (radio), Australia, 29 April 2003
“In the same way the rest of the world has changed, education is finally catching up,” Prakash told 936 Drive Presenter Anthony Frangi.
ABC 936 Hobart (radio), Australia, 2 October 2002
Speaking to Annie Warburton on 936 ABC Hobart’s Afternoon show, Prakash Nair said Tasmania’s teaching and assessment strategies are decided after looking at the concept of schools and learning, while most other places start with assessment or test scores, “and then back their way into learning and teaching.”
“Dr Lackney will discuss the relationship between educational environments and educational outcomes. Prakash Nair will lead an interactive workshop session on Thursday morning on designing schools for 21st Century Learning.”
Sunny addition nicely blends Yeshiva school with neighborhoodMilwaukee Journal Sentinel, WI, 26 November 2001
On Randy Fielding’s design: “In the play area below, little boys in yarmulkes tumble down a curvy, bright blue slide, shrieking with delight… A lot of architects would kill for raves like that.”
Architects hear the benefits of the future’s classroomsGrand Rapids Business Journal, 15 October 2001
A presentation by Jeff Lackney, who “consults nationally as an educational facility planner, advocating innovative, vision driven approaches to education.”
Small Learning Communities are key to the new Years 7-9 program at Torquay College, Victoria, Australia
Porirua College Vice Principal Ana Rees with students in Te Ara Hou Ala Fou, the College’s first Small Learning Community
Isaac Williams (center) leading the victorious University of Maryland team in the City of the Future competition
The cutting-edge setting soon to be a part of powerful everyday teaching and learning for students of the Cayman Islands
Tiffany Green, Associate Educational Planner with FNI, and Minnesota Project Manager at BAEO
‘A Comfortable Truth’ — comfort has nothing in common with these plastic chairs (picture: Edutopia.org)
FNI has worked with the Cayman Islands Government and school communities to forge an education plan for the 21st Century
On Reece High School, Tasmania, Australia: “In 2003, Reece was rated among the top seven schools of the 21st century by The New York Times and it is the first school outside North America to win the James D. MacConnell Award” — Hobart Mercury
Scotch Oakburn College, Tasmania, Australia
High School for Recording Arts: the line between curricular and extra-curricular activities is blurred and space becomes student-owned. Stay tuned for news about a forthcoming MTV feature on the school, ‘Hip Hop High’.
Pathways World School, New Delhi, India
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