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Language of School Design

A completely revised 3rd Edition of The Language of School Design been released. With dozens of excellent reviews and thousands of copies sold, LOSD is a must-have resource for School Planners, Architects, Educators and Administrators.

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New Book from Prakash Nair

From the Harvard Education Publishing Group

The United States has about $2 trillion tied up in aging school facilities. School districts throughout the country spend about $12 billion every year keeping this infrastructure going. Yet almost all of the new money we pour into school facilities reinforces an existing—and obsolete—model of schooling.

In Blueprint for Tomorrow, Prakash Nair—one of the world’s leading school designers—explores the hidden messages that our school facilities and classrooms convey and advocates for the “alignment” of the design of places in which we teach and learn with twenty-first-century learning goals.

Buy the book through the Harvard Press website.

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Building Capacity

Stephen Hurley’s in-depth article uses images and interviews from FNI’s schools to illustrate the successes and struggles of change agency in Canadian education. Learn how teachers in these schools embrace the challenges and opportunities presented by more varied options in teaching and learning spaces.

Read the full article here.

New Podcast by Randy Fielding

Learn About Six Principles for Student-driven Learning
1. Learning is founded in inquiry
2. It fosters a culture of risk-taking
3. It’s demonstrated in multiple ways
4. Learning is a social process
5. Students create solutions to real problems in their world
6. Learning is personalized and self-directed

Listen Here.

Join the FNI Team


Are you passionate about Learning and Design? Do you want to design the learning environments of the future and all around the world?

We are Architects, We are Educators! Fielding Nair International (FNI), a global leader in educational facilities planning and architectural design is looking for you. FNI plans and designs school facilities for today and tomorrow with one primary goal in mind — to improve learning. FNI has provided professional services to local, regional and national governments, school districts and other educational clients in 48 countries on six continents.

We are currently seeking an Architectural or Interior Design Consultant with at least two years of experience to work in our HQ Minneapolis Studio located in the beautiful FNI designed Hummingbird Building in Uptown. The Minneapolis Studio is run by FNI Founding Partner Randy Fielding. (

The ideal candidate should be a highly motivated, out-of-the box thinker, with a passion for design and strong communication skills. A curiosity about 21st Century Learning and the desire to work with clients  around the world is a must. This P/T position will require working 20-32 hours per week. Compensation is negotiable and commensurate with candidate’s education, experience and talent.

Minimum job requirements include:

- Professional Degree(s) in Architecture or Interior Design

- 2 years of experience as an Architectural or Interior Designer with a  strong design portfolio demonstrating both creativity and analytical skills

- Strong technical skills in Revit

- Ability to effectively communicate with clients and team members in person, online, and in writing

- Must be personable, able to work in teams and be a good collaborator

- Knowledge of all phases of architecture design, documentation, and construction

- Must reside in the Minneapolis area

- Willingness to travel internationally

- Three references (academic and/or professional)

- Licensed Architect or Interior Designer preferred but not required

Please visit the link: FNI Jobs Board to apply for this position.  You must provide a link to your electronic portfolio or upload a PDF of your work samples during the application process.  If you have any questions please email them to Gayle Johnson, Operations Manager, at

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. FNI reserves the right to withdraw this job opening at any time.

New Heidi Hayes Jacobs Book

A new book by Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Marie Hubley Alcock
ASCD- Publication date- February 2017

What will it take to create truly contemporary learning environments that meet the demands of 21st-century society, engage learners, and produce graduates who are prepared to succeed in the world? What skills and capacities do teachers and leaders need to create and sustain such schools? What actions are necessary?

Bold Moves for Schools offers a compelling vision that answers these questions—and action steps to make the vision a reality. Looking through the lenses of three pedagogies—antiquated, classical, and contemporary—authors Heidi Hayes Jacobs and Marie Hubley Alcock examine every aspect of K–12 education, including curriculum, instruction, assessment, and the program structures of space—both physical and virtual—time, and grouping of learners and professionals.

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10-10 School

Student-Centered, Agile Learning Spaces in the Canadian Landscape

Fielding Nair International is creating another 10-10 school in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. That is, a school where learning is a “10” and so are the learning spaces. The two-story addition includes an elementary school, performing and visual arts spaces, and a new heart for all grades. Now under construction, the design echoes the Canadian Rockies setting, and the surrounding landscape offers multiple opportunities for experiential outdoor learning. Inside, agile spaces with permeable boundaries and flexible furnishings allow students and teachers to choose how and where they learn.

Watch it here.

Sponsors and Collaborators

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DesignShare is the central address for the very best in educational facilities and their impact on the learning process. DesignShare provides an invaluable service as a facilitator of ideas and resources about best practices and innovation in schools from early childhood through the university level.

Who is DesignShare’s audience?

DesignShare reaches a truly global community of professionals.

More than 150,000 architects, planners, educators, and facility decision makers visit the site each month. Architects who specify products for schools and universities make up over half of DesignShare’s total readership.

Who are our sponsors?

Fielding Nair International: Architects and Change Agents for Creative Learning Communities

VS America, Inc.: Ergonomic educational and office furniture.

Become a SPONSOR by Joining the “Partners in Education” Program.

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New Article by Bob Pearlman

It’s not the Size of the School, It’s the Size of the Learning Communities

By Bob Pearlman, Senior Educational Consultant, Fielding Nair International
January, 2017

By the late 1990s the American comprehensive high school had grown larger and larger, many with 2000 to 4000 or more students, and came under increased scrutiny and critique by researchers1 and policymakers for their impersonal nature. A robust movement emerged to break up these large high schools and redesign them as smaller learning communities or complexes of small schools. The National Association of Secondary School Principals’ (NASSP) 1996 Breaking Ranks: Changing an American Institution and its follow-up Breaking Ranks II, a 2004 hands-on guide follow-up, recommended the transformation of high schools to “academically rigorous, personalized learning environment that leads to improved student performance.” This movement was strongly fueled in the 2000s by the US DOE’s Smaller Learning Communities grant program and by the funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Read full article here.

21st Century Curriculum

PBL21 is the next step in the evolution of project-based learning. Learn how to design a 21st century curriculum framework which seamlessly integrates the learning environment, critical attributes of 21st century education, multiple literacies for the 21st century and the 7 Survival Skills for the 21st Century. Workshop description plus more about what you will learn and do.

This workshop from 21st Century Schools is offered at our quarterly institutes in the United States, and can also be brought to you anywhere in the world.

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