Education Environments

Adapting to Emerging Trends in Pedagogy

Because different people learn in different ways, higher education institutions are challenged to provide environments that engage students on a variety of levels. The academic experience is no longer confined to the classroom or the teaching lab. Whether it is an interactive computing area, a small café, or a green roof garden, a well designed space can serve students and faculty in new and exciting ways. Staying current with the latest trends through participation with organizations such as Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) and the Learning Spaces Collaboratory allows IDCA to bring a forward thinking approach to the design of your facility.

Flexibility in Use of Space

Before beginning the design process, we discuss trends in science education, work with you to define your current and future needs, and explore how your institution can find a balance within those needs. Will a biology teaching lab need to shift to a general chemistry lab? Is the trend toward Green Chemistry one the institution may endorse? Do the spaces need to be reconfigurable for different activities, or ready to adapt to future needs?

Creating a Sense of Place

In higher education, the creation of a sense of place is critical to producing a building that is reflective of the needs and culture of the institution, while serving the requirements of teaching and research. IDCA works with you to create buildings that represent your vision, values, and culture. We are passionate about design, about addressing your needs, and working to your budget and schedule. We believe that buildings do not have to be expensive to be beautiful. Renovation of Portland State University's Science Research and Teaching Center included design elements that emphasized the laboratory core, while brightening the updated lobby and student lounge areas through a continuum of transparency and daylight.