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The Language of School Design: Overview

Defining a new vocabulary of school design:

A completely revised 2nd Edition of The Language of School Design: Design Patterns for 21st Century Schools, by Prakash Nair, Randall Fielding and Dr. Jeffery Lackney, (100 more pages and dozens of new illustrations of innovative schools) has 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.

The Language of School Design is a seminal work because it defines a new graphic vocabulary that synthesizes learning research with best practice in school planning and design. But it is more than a book about ideas. It is also a practical tool and a must-have resource for all school stakeholders involved in planning, designing and constructing new and renovated schools and evaluating the educational adequacy of existing school facilities. Buy a copy here.

Prakash Nair is a partner with Fielding Nair International, an award-winning school planning firm. Nair is widely published and has served as a consultant to governments and professional organizations in 19 states and 10 countries on four continents.

Randall Fielding is a partner with Fielding Nair International and Founder of, building it into the world’s largest and most prestigious forum for innovative schools. Fielding is recognized as one of the world’s foremost creative and innovative school architects, and is the recipient of numerous design awards.


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A pattern describes a problem that occurs over and over again in our environment; and then describes the core of the solution in such a way that you can use the solution a million times over without ever doing it the same way twice.

Design Patterns

Traditional Classrooms: Cells-and-Bells, Ford Model

Learning Studios

Learning Suite

Small Learning Community

Welcoming Entry

Student Display Space

Home Base and Individual Storage

Science Labs, Art Labs and Life Skills Areas

Art, Music and Performance

Physical Fitness

Casual Eating Areas


Interior and Exterior Vistas

Dispersed Technology

Indoor-Outdoor Connection

Furniture: Soft Seating

Flexible Spaces

Campfire Space

Watering Hole Space

Cave Space

Designing for Multiple Intelligences

Daylight and Solar Energy

Natural Ventilation

Full-Spectrum Lighting

Sustainable Elements and Building as 3-D Textbook

Local Signature

Connected to the Community

Bringing It All Together

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