Educational Design for “Generation Z”: VMA at NeoCon 2017
How can today’s educational designs best serve millennial students while efficiently programming every inch of available space? That was the challenge addressed by Daniela Holt Voith, FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, at her presentation at NeoCon 2017 in Chicago this week. NeoCon is one of the most recognized and attended interior design tradeshows, featuring industry leaders from around the country and around the globe. Daniela used examples from VMA’s recent educational projects, like the Kenneth Kai Tai Yen Humanities Building at The Pennington School
, to make the case that contemporary educational design - whether a renovation or new construction - must be collaborative, tech-friendly, and multi-functional. Solutions discussed include flexible seating options that allow classrooms to accommodate multiple learning styles; utilizing technology that allows one professor to simultaneously interact with students on multiple campuses; and incorporating collaborative engagement spaces into underutilized areas like stairwells and hallways.