Ellen has researched, taught, designed, and participated in educational events throughout the world, which has helped her contribute to local and international projects at the firm.”
Ellen has brought her expertise in 21st century learning spaces to a multitude of educational facilities, ranging from early childhood education centers, to all girl’s schools and international high schools. While her design portfolio is varied, all of her projects share a similar goal- to create flexible, comfortable, and supportive spaces that encourage fun in learning at every turn.
Her inspirations draw from the eclectic intersection of culture, community, and interactive design. From in-house research around gender differences in architecture to the relationship of design with neuroscience, Ellen provides resilient contemporary solutions that embrace equitable learning.
Educational spaces are more than just an architectural design to Ellen, they present an opportunity to stimulate intellectual, social, and emotional growth for 21st century students. Whether it is working with a group, exploring a new skill, or blossoming a new friendship, she feels thoughtful educational spaces can result in experiences that enrich everyday lives. From in-house research around gender differences in educational spaces to the relationship of design with neuroscience, Ellen is always searching to bring learning environments to life through unique design solutions.
Ellen has researched, taught, designed, and participated in educational events throughout the world, which has helped her contribute to local and international projects at the firm. Before her role as a designer with Fielding, she researched and worked with award-winning firms in Ecuador, China, and Germany. She has taught as an assistant in sustainable systems coursework at the University of Michigan and has been invited to facilitate workshops at nationally renowned conferences, including the Deeper Learning conference and with the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools. Beyond her passion and pursuits in design, she enjoys adventure travel, culinary exploration, and outreach initiatives in her local community.
Ellen holds a B.S. in Architecture from Northeastern University, with a minor in International Affairs, and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan. Recent projects with Fielding include designs for an elementary school in Cedar Falls, Iowa; a master plan for an all girl’s catholic school in Virginia; and an early childhood education center in Shanghai, China.
I am beyond impressed with the knowledge and expertise that Ellen brings to the table each time we meet. She listens intently to the input being given and is able to bring our ideas to life in the next iteration... We are elated to have such a talented architect!”
We are thrilled to announce that Fielding International is now a certified B Corporation! Fielding International is the first school design company to receive B Corp certification, joining a global movement of companies committed to using business as a force for good. Together, we are a community of businesses using our collective power to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges, such as climate change, inequality, and—in our position—education. B Corp certification is a rigorous process that evaluates a company’s social and environmental impact, accountability, and transparency. By becoming a B Corp, we are committing to a higher standard of social and environmental performance, along with ethical practice. As a global design and education company, we believe our work should be more than just creating architecture. We have always been committed to creating nurturing places for learning where students thrive. Becoming a B Corp is a natural extension of this commitment. We will strive to improve our social and environmental practices by setting and achieving ambitious goals and implementing sustainable business practices across all aspects of our company. We will continue to engage our clients, employees, and partners to drive positive change in our communities and the world at large. The B Corp certification process has been a valuable learning experience for us. It has allowed us to identify areas where we can improve our social and environmental impact. We have gained insights into best practices and new ideas that we can implement in our business—making us better every day. We have always been transparent about our design process and practice by sharing our knowledge in articles, blog posts, books, and our online resource for school design patterns, SchoolPatterns.com. Becoming a B Corp reinforces our commitment to transparency and is essential to building trust with our clients and employees. Our B Impact Score is available publicly on our B Corp Profile Page. Going forward, we will publish our annual impact report, which will provide a detailed overview of our social and environmental performance and our efforts toward making the world a better place through school design. B Corp Impact Areas What does this certification mean for you? When partnering with Fielding International, you can be assured that you are working with a company that is dedicated to making a difference in the world. Together, we will set an example of how good business, meaningful relationships, and thoughtful school design can improve education around the world. Moving forward, we are committed to using our position as a B Corp to drive positive change in our industry and beyond. We will continue to innovate and push the boundaries of school design. We believe that business has the power to be a force for good, and we are excited to be part of a movement that is redefining success in business. By becoming a B Corp, we are making a public commitment to using our business as a platform for positive change, and we hope to inspire others to do the same.
Above: Content Courtesy of AIA Detroit Ellen's work draws specifically from the intersection of culture, community, and interactive design to form innovative solutions for dynamic and equitable educational environments. She designs local and international schools that re-imagine learning spaces through robust stakeholder engagement and visioning workshops. Read More 2022 AIA Detroit Young Architect Award Recipient, Ellen Duff, with members from the Fielding International Michigan Studio. Learn More https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjXEFQx0XBg
Education Talk Radio Podcast / Equity & Access https://open.spotify.com/episode/4wMJ4hra8fcnQnoFWMyrzx?si=33e013e09a2c426c Featuring Fielding International’s Ellen Duff, AIA, NCARB, Michael Posthumus, and Kim Rowland from Grand Rapids Public Schools on the Education Talk Radio Podcast with Larry Jacobs.
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