Spaces & Principles

What if users were empowered to design their own working and learning environments? Spaces & Principles does just that by establishing a shared language to translate users’ intangible needs and ideals into concrete, practical criteria for designing optimal spatial solutions.

Participants first map out their ideal learning experience, describing key learning contexts in terms of metaphors. These are then translated to types of learning space (spaces) and user criteria (principles). Using this shared vocabulary of spaces and principles, participants then negotiate what is the ideal division between and layout of spaces in a building. Finally, participants use this same vocabulary to debrief how each space with its specific principle should be designed by an interior architect, and always within the vision and technical and budgetary constraints of the board of directors.