An integrated approach to pedagogy and design — student outcomes always comes first.”
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 blog on Place-based Education at GettingSmart.com.
Randy uses Design Patterns as a tool for evaluating existing and proposed facilities, and as a launching point for developing customized solutions for each individual community, campus, school or district that he works with. In addition to serving as a lead design architect, teamwork underpins all of Randy’s work, which takes him around the world to collaborate with public and private institutions, educators, developers, and local architects.
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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.
We were introduced to Randy to transform our existing school from traditional classrooms and corridors to a variety of fluidly connected spaces... [W]e saw firsthand Randy’s commitment to a focus on learning, people and relationships first – not buildings.”
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
Better Learning Podcast Hosted by Kevin Stoller of Kay-Twelve featuring Randy Fielding, AIA https://open.spotify.com/episode/5Rk3Mord9SjeQF8xxJFYUH?si=a94dccd43d4f4b37 Listen to the latest Better Learning Podcast. Randy Fielding discusses the importance of aligning a Learning Ecosystem: the dynamic cross-section between a school’s vision, its educational program, and its social and physical environment.
Youth Equity Creation Challenge As part of Designing Equitable Learning, youth from around the world were invited to respond to one of three question prompts: 1) How can education help create a more equitable world?2) What does designing equitable learning mean to you?3) How can schools give youth more voice and power? Over 30 young people submitted their creations, and their voices are incredibly powerful! We are so grateful to these youth who are actively contributing to greater equity in education in the world around them. Each one of them deserves recognition and praise! Top 10 Rated Creations Given the difficult task to rate the most compelling submissions, an independent review panel at Juxtaposition Arts awarded a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place creation, along with seven Honorable Mentions. With deep appreciate for ALL youth who participated, we recognize these chosen creations: 1st Place: Juwaria Jama$750 Prize Click to see Juwaria’s creationhttps://fan.school/article?id=JqYbS4mBbY86zbPDV2OE 2nd Place: DeAnthoney Acon$250 Prize Click to see DeAnthoney’s creation 3rd Place: Lincoln Bacal$150 Prize Click to see Lincoln’s creation Honorable Mentions We celebrate these seven creations who received an Honorable Mention and a $50 prize. Click on each name to view their creation. Jose Perez: How Can Education Create a More Equitable World? Zeke Jackson: People for PSEO Advaith Parab: Learning from Ruby Bridges Pragya Upreti: The Story Ira Sharma: How Can Education Create a More Equitable World? Sergio Rodriguez Garcia: Juntos Boston Jacob and Teddy Bell: One Small Candle Special Thanks A special thanks to Juxtaposition Arts for serving as the independent review panel for youth creations and Fanschool for publishing youth creations. Both of these organizations doing impactful work in their own regard, and the entire Designing Equitable Learning team is most appreciative for your help to amplify youth voices. Witness what that took place during Designing Equitable Learning Click the picture below to access all Designing Equitable Learning Recordings
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