“Randy’s experience ranges from higher education projects to national guidelines on school design. The common thread is an integrated approach to pedagogy and design–student outcomes always come first.”
RANDALL FIELDING, AIA
Randy champions the firm’s mission to make the world better by improving environments for learning. He serves as an innovation leader, design coach and continues to lead selected projects as a Principal-in-Charge and Lead Designer.
His experience extends from early childhood education to the university level and across 50 countries. The common thread throughout his work is the priority of learners, their relationships, and needs in school facility design. Learning, not buildings, comes first in our architecture.
Randy has received fifteen design awards, including the top two International awards in school planning and design: Planner of the Year and the MacConnell Award from the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE). Randy’s work is grounded in research, which he has shared globally as the co-author of The Language of School Design: Design Patterns for 21st Century Learning.
Randy is also the Creative Director for SchoolPatterns.com, which Fielding International launched in 2021 to create a shared language and library that is accessible to all. More than 70 design patterns illustrate key ideas in school design, with problem and solution statements, an image gallery, and links to learn more. The library is freely available through a Creative Commons License, inviting collaboration and continual growth. He writes about the emerging library of patterns in a bi-weekly blog on Place-based Education at GettingSmart.com.
With clients, Randy’s style is to invite, include and inspire—to reach out and welcome diverse students, teachers, administrators and specialists, parents, and community members. Randy views himself as an on-site co-leader of learning, and not as an outside expert who drops in to direct and inspect. He also moves easily back and forth from uplifting, unifying ideas to practical, down-to-earth realities.
As one of Randy’s clients put it: “If you are one who recognizes that we all learn best from what inspires as opposed to what directs or confines us, then you’ll love the work of Randy Fielding and his design team at Fielding International. We were introduced to Randy to transform our existing school from traditional classrooms and corridors to a variety of fluidly connected spaces. After touring our building, Randy immediately told us that fundamental to his process was to meet, listen to and engage our learners in the design of their space. From that point on we saw firsthand Randy’s commitment to a focus on learning, people and relationships first, not buildings. And as a small school with limited resources, Randy demonstrated that he was passionate about the work, always finding ways to integrate budgets and schedule challenges with an opportunity to innovate.” – Tony Simmons, Executive Director, High School for Recording Arts, St. Paul, MN