Past Meetings


March 29, 2017
(Roundtables are by invitation.)


Host:        Learning Spaces Collaboratory (LSC)
Sponsor:   Herman Miller

Date:        Sunday, March 26, 2017
Time:       8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m
Location: 1700 New York Ave. NW, Washington DC (offices of SmithGroupJJR)

Background: In 2016, the LSC piloted an approach for planning learning spaces based on the principle of a roundtable—an opportunity for a small group to convene in a setting designed to prompt collaborative, creative thinking. This approach reflects research on social creativity and experience from the field about how planners can explore and embrace the future when giving attention to the physical environment for learning. The roundtables were envisioned as a think-tank for focusing on the future of planning learning spaces. Five Spring 2016 roundtables were held.  

The Fall 2016 webinars captured stories from the Roundtable portfolios. We share here the story from Virginia Commonwealth University of the evolution of their spaces for innovation and entrepreneurship -- the Da Vinci Center.  

Description: This LSC Roundtable, held in conjunction with the VentureWell Conference Open 2017, will engage academics—faculty and administrators from the VentureWell community and five architects from the LSC community. Unlike 2016 roundtables, the discussion will focus on a particular spatial type—spaces for making—exploring where we are now and what next.

A paper will be drafted following the roundtable. It will include the application essays by academics, examples from architects, and an illustrated summary of roundtable discussions.

To apply: Fill out the online application form for VentureWell members. We're accepting applications on a rolling basis. The application fee for academics is $150.


Adapting the roundtable approach for planning, being, piloting by the Learning Spaces Collaboratory, this will be an orchestrated conversation engaging academics and architects- groups taking the lead evolving the "makerspace" concept, exploring what has been learned from current experience and what questions should be driving the future.

The conversation will involve five architects (selected) from the LSC community and 10 - 15 academics from the VentureWell community. Applicants from the VentureWell community will apply to participate.


March 17, 2017
(Roundtables are by invitation.)


March 10, 2017
(Roundtables are by invitation.)


Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL)
Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education: Implications for 21st Century Society 
November 3 - 5, 2016
Boston Park Plaza│ Boston, Massachusetts

Connecting the Dots: Change Initiatives Focusing on How, What, When & Where Learning Happens


  • Jeanne L. Narum, Principal - Learning Spaces Collaboratory
  • Kimberley Frederick, Professor of Chemistry - Skidmore College (representing The Council on Undergraduate Research [CUR])
  • Michael A. Palladino, Vice Provost for Graduate Students, Professor of Biology - Monmouth University (representing The Council on Undergraduate Research [CUR])

Campus-wide reform initiatives are mostly iterative and cyclical, particularly those focusing on student success, faculty careers, programs and pedagogies, community outreach. Those focusing on facilities projects are more linear, time-constrained. Using a template drafted by the Learning Spaces Collaboratory, we will explore how planning physical environments for learning can influence and is influenced by the broader institutional context and culture, how connecting the dots can realize more creative, sustainable transformation of the undergraduate STEM learning environment.


5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Center for Architecture & Design
1010 Western AVE
Seattle, WA 98104


Join the Committee on Architects for Education for their first event and hear from Jeanne Narum about her national research on learning environments of the 21st century!

With a team of academic agents of change, Jeanne Narum produced an Learning Spaces Collaboratory (LSC) guide for planning which established a protocol of questioning to drive planning, beginning with: “what do we want our students to become?” More recently, she piloted LSC roundtables, exploring new ways to capitalize on lessons learned and catalyze a diverse community of stakeholders to explore and embrace questions about ‘what next.’ Some intriguing questions about how planning happens that are beginning to emerge are being shared with the broader community through the LSC website, LSC webinars, and in meetings with peers.

For more information, please visit the event website.


September 21, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
(Roundtables are by invitation.)

A. People


  • Pamela E. Scott-Johnson, Dean, College of Natural and Social Sciences - California State University, Los Angeles


  • Carlos Gutierrez, Professor of Chemistry - California State University, Los Angeles
  • Jeanne L. Narum, Principal – Learning Spaces Collaboratory (*Facilitator)


  • Michael Dannenberg, Director of New & Emerging Technologies/Associate Principal - Vantage Technology Consulting Group
  • Tom Fortier, Vice President and Director of Science + Technology – HOK
  • Richard M. Heinz, Vice President/Principal - Research Facilities Design
  • Rebecca Sharkey, Senior Associate - EHDD
  • Stephen C. Wright, Vice President, Education Practice Leader and Design Principal - LEO A DALY

The George Washington University Science and Engineering Hall
June 6, 2016 — 1:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Learning Spaces Collaboratory and The George Washington University
Hosts: Geneva Henry, Dean of Libraries and Academic Innovation—GWU; Can Korman, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies and Professor—GWU
Facilitator: Jeanne L. Narum, Principal—Learning Spaces Collaboratory (LSC)
(With thanks for support from Herman Miller)


Through spring 2016, the LSC sponsored five regional roundtables exploring the future of planning learning spaces. These explorations were sparked by two current realities. First, the growing awareness of academics and architects across the country to evidence that attention to the physical environment for learning is a major step in achieving sustainable transformation of the undergraduate learning environment. Second, and equally important, that the changing context requires a more future-focused approach to planning learning spaces, one that embraces research on how learning happens, recognizes societal calls to action, signals the institutional vision of what it is to be.

Given those realities, roundtable participants began by examining questions driving the planning of current learning spaces (presented in architectural portfolios from participating architects). Through iterative discussions about questions, participants reached a consensus around issues and questions to shape the future of planning learning spaces.

This LSC forum at The George Washington University will be an opportunity to engage a broader community of stakeholders in examining what we’ve learned and in exploring the future—considering contextual questions and issues from the roundtables. 

The forum is designed as an opportunity to share the roundtable experience—questions examined and explored, sharing stories from the field, making all voices heard in shaping the future of planning learning spaces—learning spaces of all types, formal and informal, serving all disciplinary communities. 

Four key planning themes will be addressed, focusing: on the future; on planning; on learning; and on learning spaces. Roundtable participants and other national leaders will facilitate these discussions.

A resource book will be distributed prior to the forum. It will include summaries from the roundtables, materials from national reports about societal expectations of what undergraduates are to become, be prepared to do upon graduation.

June 2, 2016
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Roundtables are by invitation.)

A. People


  • David Taeyaerts, Associate Vice Chancellor of Learning Environments & Campus Architect, Office of Campus Learning Environments (OCLE) - The University of Illinois at Chicago



  • Michael Carr, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs - Oakton Community College
  • Tomalee Doan, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Interim Head Librarian - Purdue University Libraries
  • Shirley  Dugdale, Space Strategy Consultant - Dugdale Strategy
  • Brendan Guenther, Director for Academic Technology, Innovation Hub for Learning & Technology - Michigan State University
  • Wendy Jeanes, Assistant Director, Office of Campus Learning Environments (OCLE) - The University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Julie Johnston, Director of Learning Spaces - Indiana University
  • Jeanne  L. Narum, Principal - Learning Spaces Collaboratory (*Facilitator)
  • Ann Roberts, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Director of the Learning and Teaching Center - Lake Forest College
  • Pete Sandberg, Assistant Vice President for Facilities - St. Olaf College
  • Mike Stieff, Associate Professor, Chemistry Education and Learning Sciences - University of Illinois at Chicago



  • Gensler – David Broz, Principal and Education Practice Leader
  • Gould Evans – David Reid, Principal
  • Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas – Tim Winstead, Principal
  • Harley Ellis Devereaux – Jack Bullo, Principal
  • Holabird & Root – James Baird, Director of Higher Education


B. Reports from the Roundtable 

May 12, 2016
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Roundtables are by invitation.)

A. People


  • Tina Choe, Professor and Dean, Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering - Loyola Marymount University



  • Kristine Brancolini, Dean of the Library - Loyola Marymount University
  • Matt Frank, Manager of Classroom and Creative Services - Loyola Marymount University
  • Carlos Gutierrez, Professor of Chemistry - California State University, Los Angeles
  • Jane Hunter, Director, Academic Resources & Special Projects - The University of Arizona
  • Seamus Lagan, Professor of Physics - Whittier College
  • Jeanne L. Narum, Principal – Learning Spaces Collaboratory (*Facilitator)
  • Sarah Pickle, Assessment Librarian - Claremont Colleges Library
  • Andrea Rehn, Associate Professor of English and Director, Digital Liberal Arts Center - Whittier College
  • Pamela Scott-Johnson, Dean, College of Natural and Social Sciences - California State University, Los Angeles
  • Robert Smith, Director, Technology Services, Office of the Registrar - Stanford University



  • CO Architects - Arnold Swanborn, Associate Principal
  • Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects - Joseph Coriaty, Partner
  • Lake|Flato - Ryan Jones, Associate Partner
  • Research Facilities Design - Rick Heinz, Vice President/Principal
  • Vantage Technology Group - Michael Dannenberg, Director of New & Emerging Technologies/Associate Principal

B. Reports from the Roundtable