2010 PKAL LSC National Colloquium


As of September 27

Westfields Marriott
Chantilly, Virginia

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.


1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Pre-Event Luncheon Meeting for Presenters/Facilitators

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Welcome; Logistics: Expectations

3:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Plenary Session I: Setting the Stage

A conversation about 21st century goals for student learning and why they matter- for society, for science, and for those responsible for planning learning spaces.

Wendy Newstetter, Director of Learning Sciences Research, Department of Biomedical Engineering— Georgia Institute of Technology

Daniel L. Goroff, Program Director— Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

3:45 - 4:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Linking Learning to Planning Learning Spaces

Wendy Newstetter, Director of Learning Sciences Research, Department of Biomedical Engineering— Georgia Institute of Technology

Phil Weilerstein, Executive Director— National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance
William Sullivan, Professor of Landscape Architecture, Affiliate Faculty Member, Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences— University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

4:05 - 5:00 p.m.

Case Study Discussion (at the table)

Preparing innovative, non-routine problem-solvers, persons who understand the big picture and are prepared and motivated to make a difference upon graduation in the worlds in which they will live and work is emerging as one of the umbrella undergraduate learning outcomes for your campus community. You have been asked by the president to identify one or two steps to take at the institutional level to ensure the physical environment for learning serves that outcome. Please advise.

5:15 - 6:00 p.m.

Cluster Session I: A & B

Cluster A:
During the colloquium, participating campus teams will have opportunity to meet with an assigned consultant who will provide counsel in developing a 'take-home agenda for action' that is relevant and feasible in your context, no matter the project is: renovating classrooms; developing technology-enhanced learning spaces; exploring a major new science facility.

Cluster B:
During the colloquium, a parallel set of cluster discussions will examine the issue, what do we still need to know about planning learning spaces, presenting a draft agenda for future action on Sunday morning.

6:15 - 7:00 p.m.

Reception and Poster Session

Poster will be presented with the Advice to the President arrived at during the case study.

7:05 - 8:00 p.m.

Dinner: Birds of a Feather

8:10 - 9:00 p.m.

General Discussion: Examining Learning Spaces— What Works and Why

Visual images will be presented by participating architects that illustrate a specific approach to serve specific/generic student learning goals.

7:30 – 8:25 a.m.


8:30 - 8:40 a.m.

Plenary Session II
Reflections on Friday Discussions: What We've Learned and What We've Yet to Learn

Daniel L. Goroff, Program Director— Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

The Janelia Farms Story: The Research Facility for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

How to plan for the unknown; who the users will be; what the science will be. How to plan from what is known--the power of interdisciplinary collegial conversations and collaborations in shaping and reshaping spaces for science; the role of technologies, of spaces that are visible, connected and green to nurture a creative community of users.

Robert McGhee, School of Architecture, Rice University; Previous Position - Architect and Senior Facilities Officer, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Charles Stuart Weiss, Director of Grants & Corporate & Foundation Giving— College of the Holy Cross

9:45 - 10:05 a.m.

Reflections on the Janelia Farm story: What Does It Mean for Planners with Responsibility for Projects of Different Scope and Intent

Georgia Tech, University of Toronto, NCIIA

10:10 - 10:25 a.m.


10:30 - 11:25 a.m.

Break-out Session I

Facilities Planning: Three recent/work-in progress science projects will be explored and discussed: Towson; Georgia Tech; Lehigh

Cluster Group B

Cluster B discussions continue, focusing on the next questions to be explored in planning spaces that nurture creative, collegial collaborating communities of users, within and beyond STEM fields. What do we know now? Where is the research/theory? Where are important examples of practice?

11:30 - 11:55 a.m.

Working Time

Institutional teams and cluster task forces advance their planning.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


1:15 - 2:00 p.m.

The Duke University "Link" Story

How to plan a major renovation that links to established institutional priorities and goals for student learning and to current and emerging campus-wide polices for information technologies and classroom planning, and that serves as a link for formal and informal environments for learning and learners.

Edward D. Gomes, Associate Dean of Technology Services, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences— Duke University

Susan Whitmer, Educations Solutions Integrator— Herman Miller Inc.

Optional Tour to HHMI Janelia Farms

(Canceled due to logistical reasons.)

2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Planning for Infusing Technologies into Learning Spaces

Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director- Coalition for Networked Information

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.


3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Break-out Session II

Cluster Group B

Discussions continue, exploring what we need to know about planning spaces that enable and enrich the learning of communities, face-to-face and virtual, formal and informal. What do we know? Where is the research?

5:00 - 5:45 p.m.

Free time

6:00 - 6:45 p.m.


7:00 - 8:00 p.m.


8:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Plenary Session III: Three Perspectives on the Process of Planning: What Works and You will Know.

Plenary remarks and an exercise.

Susan Whitmer, Educations Solutions Integrator— Herman Miller Inc
Elliott Felix, Director— DEGW
Sally Grans-Korsh, System Director for Facilities Planning— Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

7:30 – 8:10 a.m.


8:15 - 8:45 a.m.

About Sustainability: What We Know and What We Need to Know

Leigh Stringer, Vice President— HOK

8:50 - 9:30 a.m.

Reflections: "Sustainability" Challenges and Opportunities for Planners

Kent Duffy, Principal— SRG Partnership, Inc.
Ashka Naik, Program Manager of Advancing Green Building Initiative— Second Nature
Leigh Stringer, Vice President— HOK
TBA-Boldt Construction

9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Cluster B Reporting Out

  • What we still need to know about planning learning spaces that:
  • Serve 21st century goals for learning and reflect contemporary research findings on how people learn
  • Accommodate pedagogies and technologies that strengthen learning, enhance community, and facilitate acquisition of critical 21st century learning outcomes
  • Signal institutional awareness of the relationship between the quality of learning and of learning spaces, as well as institutional commitment to stewardship of natural resources over the long-term.

A draft, three-year agenda for action will be discussed that outlines steps to continue and advance conversations about what we know and what we still need to know. These conversations will be facilitated within the PKAL LSC community, as well as at the local level and in partnership with PKAL LSC collaborators.

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Reporting Out

Institutional teams report out on their 'take-home agendas for action.'

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Closing Plenary Session: Looking in the Mirror at a Collaborating, Problem-driven, Agile and Adaptable Planning Team

Some thoughts on how the skills it takes to plan learning spaces mirror the skills that students are to gain in using the spaces.

Jeanne L. Narum, Principal— PKAL Learning Spaces Collaboratory

12:00 p.m.

Colloquium Concludes