Cierra’s career in architecture has spanned all phases, from schematic design through construction administration, and she has a strong background in project management.”
Cierra brings her unique background in both education and architecture to our Fielding team. She holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon as well as a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Societal Change from Soka University of America. Cierra has worked as a middle school science teacher which has deepened her understanding of inquiry-based learning and the U.S. education system.
Her career in architecture has spanned all phases, from schematic design through construction administration, and she has a strong background in project management. Throughout her career, she has worked on projects within various building sectors including sustainability planning for the operation, maintenance, and renovation of commercial real estate and design for residential, retail, and educational facilities.
Her recent projects include Hopkins Public Schools, District-Wide Educational Master Planning in Hopkins, Minnesota; Pinnacles Prep Charter School, Educational Master Planning and Learning Environment Design: Renovation and adaptive reuse project + new high school design in Wenatchee, Washington; and, Salisbury Township School District, District-Wide Architectural Master Planning in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.
As a former gymnast and diver, Cierra enjoys a variety of physical and acrobatic pursuits. When she’s not in the office, you’ll often find her cycling around the Twin-Cities, rock climbing at the gym or the crag, or at a capoeira roda.
Fielding International Hosts a Night of Community Engagement and Reimagining Learning Spaces Fielding’s Hummingbird Design Studio in Minneapolis was illuminated more than usual this Fall. We had the honor of hosting the much-anticipated Hopkins Public Schools Pathfinder Exhibition. The evening was nothing short of spectacular, echoing the ethos of innovation and design. For those who had the privilege of attending, they were treated to an immersive experience like no other. The event was styled as an interactive gallery, providing a unique backdrop for showcasing design concepts. As attendees walked through, they could dive deep into a virtual reality tour, giving them a chance to virtually step into reimagined learning spaces. The blend of technology and design created a seamless bridge between the present and the future, between imagination and realization. In this exciting collaboration with Hopkins, Fielding International unveiled FIVE groundbreaking "Pathfinder" concepts for the district, each project crafted with the idea of revolutionizing how teachers and students interact with and within learning environments. Anchored by the district's Vision 2031, these concepts signal a new direction in educational space design. The schools under this visionary spotlight include: Alice Smith Elementary - Learn More Meadowbrook Elementary - Learn More North Middle School - Learn More West Middle School - Learn More Hopkins High School - Learn More While the designs were undoubtedly the stars of the show, the evening was more than just a showcase. It was an open invitation for everyone present to share their thoughts, to voice their opinions, and to be part of this transformative journey. Feedback is not just welcomed; it's essential. After all, these spaces are being crafted for the community, and who better to offer insights than the community members themselves? The underlying theme of the night was collaboration. Fielding International and Hopkins Public Schools have joined hands with a shared vision, but we’ve also extended our hands to the community, ensuring everyone has a seat at the table. This approach is a testament to the belief that the best designs are those that are shaped through diverse perspectives. For those who missed the event or want to dive back into the experience, keep an eye out for further presentations and feedback sessions. The journey of reimagining the learning spaces has only just begun. Here's to the future of education, to innovation, and to a community that dreams big!
Randy Fielding, AIA, is 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. Along with his colleagues, Randy writes about the emerging library of patterns in a blog on Place-based Education at GettingSmart.com. Randy's Author Page Blog Highlights Activate Your Hallways! August 18th, 2022 / Place-Based Education Randy Fielding, AIA, Cierra Mantz, and Nathan Strenge describe the value of activating hallways in schools that allow learners to thrive outside the box. Read More How to Design a Learning Commons June 30th, 2022 / Place-Based Education Randy Fielding, AIA, Cierra Mantz, and Nathan Strenge share six key elements for a thriving Learning Commons. Read More Learning Suites: A First Step in Overcoming Isolation in Schools March 24th, 2022 / Place-Based Education Randy Fielding, AIA, shares why Learning Suites are an important spatial element of a Learning Community, a diverse suite of spaces that foster authentic and collaborative learning experiences. Read More The Multilayered Benefits of Writable Surfaces March 10th, 2022 / Place-Based Education Writable Surfaces is one of the most popular design patterns at SchoolPatterns.com. Nathan Strenge shares a short story from his teaching days that highlight its multilayered benefits. Read More A Spatial Paradigm for Thriving Learners January 20th, 2022 / Place-Based Education Nathan Strenge identifies and explains a spatial paradigm for thriving learners. Read More Learning In Community–What Does it Look Like? December 2nd, 2022 / Place-Based Education Randy Fielding, AIA, shares where to start the process of reimagining how learning can happen throughout communities. Read More Personal Space for Safety, Wellness and Autonomy November 4th, 2022 / Place-Based Education Randy Fielding, AIA explores how to create environments of wellness and belonging so all learners can thrive. Read More
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