Class staging, informal work and communication areas


Where are students before and after class? New teaching environments look at those transition times as windows of opportunity, and strive to offer opportunities for student-faculty and student-student interaction, as well as personal study. Academic and social interaction play important roles, thus a variety of spaces should be offered.

Hallways adjacent to classrooms can be equipped with individual study furniture, and readily accessible power. Alcoves, carpets and acoustical ceilings create a quiet atmosphere.

Strategically located lounge areas serve small groups as meeting and group study areas, and house vending equipment.

Small group study rooms, acoustically separated from open circulation, complete the range of study areas.

Great examples for classroom buildings with a variety of staging areas are Chandler Gilbert Community College (CCGC) Ironwood Hall and Surprise “Communiversity” by Architekton.

Provided by Spark Architecture

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Sophia Sparklin

Growing up in a family with generations in medical practice, Sophia discovered her passion for architecture during an internship 1996. Since then Sophia received formal and informal education in Germany and the US. At Arizona State University she was honored by the Henry Adams Certificate for graduating on top of her (Master of Architecture) class in 2005.