Gensler Gets Schooled: Beyond 21st Century Design

December 01, 2022|27 Minutes
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Foust Elementary Gaming & Robotics Magnet School, Greensboro, North Carolina

As technology and career pathways rapidly evolve, the traditional model of elementary education is increasingly being challenged to adapt. How can innovative academic design strategies support K-5 schools to better nurture young students in a changing world? In this podcast discussion, education and design leaders explore new visions for transforming the elementary student experience.

Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Eboni Camille Chillis, Ph.D. shares Guilford County Schools’ pioneering approach to developing the first U.S. elementary focused on gaming and robotics. Gensler architect Vincent Spencer also discusses how to implement collaborative design approaches to create inspiring, equitable learning environments. Through their diverse perspectives, the conversation provides fresh ideas for cultivating curiosity and abilities in students from an early age.

The podcast shares key insights into how skills-based, flexible learning environments can foster confidence and set up students for lifelong success, referencing case studies of schools that are leveraging collaborative design processes to embrace change and embody the future of learning.

Top 5 Takeaways

  1. Non-traditional backgrounds provide new lenses in education.
  2. Schools must evolve curricula to meet emerging career needs.
  3. Inspiring, equitable spaces optimize diverse learning styles.
  4. Early skills introduction lays the foundation for future careers.
  5. Collaborative innovation is key to transforming education models.
Dr. Eboni Camille Chillis, Ph.D.
Dr. Eboni Camille Chillis, Ph.D. is the Chief Innovation Officer at Guilford County Schools.
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Vincent Spencer
Vincent is a Design Manager at Gensler with over 17 years of experience in educational and investment commercial design. He is involved in all aspects of the design and construction process to ensure projects meet environmental, zoning, and regulatory standards. He is guided by the philosophy that better schools demonstrate communities care about education. Vincent is based in Charlotte. Contact him at .
Brandon Larcom
Brandon is a global leader of Gensler’s Product Development practice. As Co-Director of Product Development, he specializes in business development, identifying future design industry trends, and licensing for global product rollouts. Brandon currently hosts and co-produces the Gensler Design Exchange podcast, facilitating a dialogue between design experts, creative trendsetters, and thought leaders to discuss how Gensler is enhancing the human experience through the world of design. Contact him at .