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21st Century Learning

Thinkspace is committed to creating 21st century learning environments through the design of innovative and flexible spaces, which empower a school culture to evolve and transform supportive teaching and learning.

We implemented many 21st century learning principles, such as flexibility, adaptability, daylight and transparency, as well as safety, visibility, and supervision on projects such as Maddaugh Elementary School, Hugh Boyd Secondary School, and Norma Rose Point Elementary School.

Design principles for 21st century learning

Supportive environments for flexible, adaptable, excellence in learning

In order to deliver an exceptional education to students in BC, the educational process must be adaptable, provide cross-cultural understanding, and remain flexible to support how, where, and when learning takes place. From a design standpoint, that means we as designers must consider the following:

  • personalized learning for every student
  • quality teaching and learning
  • flexibility and choice
  • high standards
  • learning empowered by technology

Spaces for learning also need to be flexible and agile in their ability to support varied modes of learning. They have to support teachers’ and student’s needs, whether they are intellectual, physical, social, or emotional. They also have to provide the tools to easily access information, digest it, and re-work and personalize it. Learning spaces need to support both individual and collaborative efforts.

This kind of learning space isn’t about grand architectural gestures, but a continuity, openness, and flexibility of spaces that cater to the needs of students and educators. We design spaces that facilitate the learning process – for all students.