Patricia Bou, Charles Smith and Lynne Deninger recently shared insights on trends, big buzzwords and design concepts that are impacting the future of education with Contract Magazine. Inclusivity, student wellness, designing for Gen Z students and lifelong learning are just a sample of the topics covered in the piece, which can be found here for reference.

Some highlights include:

As experts in education, what are some trends and new directions in the field that you’re excited about?

Charles Smith: “Designing for inclusivity. Higher education institutions are striving to offer peer-to-peer and broader, campus-wide experiences that jettison a homogenous academic journey. We observe that cross-disciplinary programming and curricular offerings are synonymous with 21st-century learning. We also see higher education institutions engaged in a conscious drive towards multicultural human experience as they recognize evolving campus cultures. Class offerings and student life facilities are being programmed and designed to create more open, collaborative, and supportive environments for all students.”

You’re now designing education spaces for Gen Z students. How will this impact the way offices and other spaces will look in the future?

Lynne Deninger: “Offices and ‘spaces of the future’ are going to slowly dematerialize. The office as a homogenous place will be virtual, and the spaces people will seek out to work in will be in communities of other virtual employees. These virtual spaces allow Gen Z students to seek out community engagement if they please, and also let them work independently, if preferred.”


Is there something more about the future of education that we should be talking about?

Patricia BouPatricia Bou: “There is much research related to the health benefits associated with education, and conversely with health and educational attainment. We believe that the key to creating meaningful societal impact lies at this intersection. As a cross-market practice, we are uniquely poised to contribute toward solutions that center on this idea. Our “why?” is rooted in ensuring education can serve as a catalyst for improved health and socioeconomic outcomes for individuals and communities and creating space and place that can be used to drive societal organizational change.”