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.”
Inside Hopkins / A Biweekly Podcast Unraveling Stories of Innovation and Education https://open.spotify.com/episode/4K2XlqFz3CVq8U02TtqwIK Many schools across the nation were built in the industrial age to prepare students for factory work. We know this is an outdated model, and redesigning schools is a complex task. What should schools of the future physically look like, and what are the steps we can take to get there? In this episode, Randy Fielding, AIA, joins Hopkins Public Schools to dive into the future of education by exploring the present state of our schools and the adjustments we could make to promote a more modern style of education.
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!
Reflecting on 20 Years: The Journey of Fielding International By Randy Fielding, AIA, Founding Principal, Fielding Internationalrandy@fieldingintl.com Greetings from Minneapolis, Minnesota! This year, Fielding International commemorates its 20th anniversary, a significant milestone that fills me with gratitude. As I reflect on our journey, I'm transported back to our humble beginnings and a vision that has expanded across the globe, impacting over 50 countries with a new approach to learner-centered designs. The landscape of education has seen a paradigm shift over the past two decades. Recognizing this, our team, with a shared foresight, ventured to redefine educational spaces. Our commitment has always been to create environments that put students at the helm, enhancing their autonomy, well-being, and the depth of their learning experiences. This vision, coupled with an interdisciplinary approach, stands as a testament to our passionate commitment to holistic, innovative school designs. But Fielding International's journey isn’t confined to just architectural expertise. As the demands of global education evolved, so did we. Our portfolio extended to encompass comprehensive educational consulting and innovative learning design services. Our aim? To ensure schools worldwide are not only architecturally equipped but also fortified with the strategies and tools for academic and real-world success. Throughout these years, our core principle has remained consistent: understanding and creating student-centered spaces. It’s a process that involves a deep connection with diverse educational communities, working to understand their unique needs and aspirations. For us, this mission goes beyond mere design. It’s about empowering the forthcoming generations of learners and educators with spaces that truly resonate with their essence. One initiative that I’ve been passionate about is SchoolPatterns.com. This platform offers access to a knowledge base of design patterns, problem statements, and a gallery of illustrations that nurtures a shared language for learners and designers, tailored for pioneering learning environments. Our recent certification as a B Corporation™ underpins another vital facet of our ethos. It accentuates our dedication to societal well-being, environmental stewardship, and stringent ethical standards. Joining hands with the global B Corp community, we strive for tangible, positive global transformation. From our beginnings to our present team of 26 incredible minds across various studios, and our footprint in Singapore, I'm filled with excitement for what the future holds. As we move forward, our resolve only strengthens, ready to set even higher standards in educational design and consultancy. For those who wish to embark on this enlightening journey with us, I invite you to explore our Fielding-designed learning environments and visit SchoolPatterns.com. Above: Design Patterns - Learning Commons, Whole-body Learning, Welcoming Entry, and Gathering Stairs Our work is an ever-evolving journey; we eagerly anticipate further learning and exploration alongside our clients and their communities, continuously reimagining educational spaces, embracing innovative approaches, and fostering global connections to ensure every learner flourishes. Fielding International's 20th Anniversary News Release Read More
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