2008 Facilities Roundtable

Plenary Presentations & Discussions

As of January 16, 2008

Removing barriers to innovation: Introducing and testing new approaches, materials, and technologies in the process of creating responsive spaces for living and working

  • Kent Larson, Principal Research Scientist & Director of Changing Places–Massachusetts Institute of Technology

What questions dealing with "research on learning" should be on the table in shaping spaces that will serve 21st century students and science in the next decade?

  • Philip Long, Associate Director of Outreach and Opportunity, Office of Education Innovation and Technology-DUE-Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Wendy Newstetter, Director of Learning Sciences Research, Department of Biomedical Engineering-Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Louis G. Tassinary, Associate Dean for Research and Director of Graduate Studies in the College of Architecture-Texas A&M University

What questions dealing with "interdisciplinarity" should be on the table in shaping spaces that will ensure the 21st century community of STEM learning reflects the 21st century community of STEM practice?

  • Richard M. Heinz, Principal–Research Facilities Design
  • Crit Stuart, Program Director for Research, Teaching and Learning-Association of Research Libraries
  • Douglas Weldon, Professor of Pyschology–Hamilton College

What questions should be on the table when concerns and dreams relate to institutional distinction, to signaling responsible environmental stewardship, to ensuring agility and adaptability over the long-term, and to enhancing the humanity of the campus by making the doing of science visible?

What difference do new and improved spaces make?

A preliminary report of the 2007 PKAL post-occupancy survey of eight facilities projects completed between 1999 - 2004. Adapting the format of the 1999 PKAL COV (committee of visitors report), the survey is designed to gather information and data about the impact of spaces on student learning, faculty quality and productivity, and on institutional budgets and cultures.