Of Special Note

Spotlighting Spaces that Work

Spotlighting spaces that work is a central goal of the LSC Roadmap. We begin with snapshots of projects from architects participating in LSC Roundtables from 2016 – 2017. Collectively these snapshots make clear the impact of getting the questions right, questions that inform the process of planning and of assessing spaces that work.

These snapshots are a lens into how conversations within a campus community proceed—before, during, and after attention to a specific project: what do they want their students to become, what do they want their institution to be recognized for becoming, being. They also reveal how planning teams arrive at a common language and vision, essential to realizing spaces that work, for their learners and broader campus community of learners, for their institution now and into the future, and—as you will note from these stories—for the world beyond the campus. Read More


The LSC Roadmap is a guide into the world of planning spaces for 21st century learners and learning. It presents easy access to key resources that will inform and inspire planners—academics as well as design professionals. These including links to the growing body of National Reports focusing on learning and learners—what next and why. The Roadmap will provide easy connections to examples of spaces that work, to the work of pedagogical and institutional agents of change. A central part of the Roadmap will focus on the growing community of national organizations translating findings from research and the field about transformation change into strategies for action at the campus level. This Roadmap will be a continuing “work-in-progress,” presenting Collections of Essays from the LSC Roundtables and selections from the LSC Archives.

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Two LSC webinars are planned for summer 2018. They will be coordinated with LSC Roadmap postings in April: Essays on Designing for Inclusion and Equity; LSC Roadmap postings in May: Essays on Planners and Process of Planning; and June: Essays on Designing for Interdisciplinarity, Creativity, and Innovation. The focus on these webinars will be on the early stages of planning–focusing on key questions, on who needs to be at the table. (More information to come.)

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The LSC Roundtables were an experiment, testing a hypothesis that—given time, space and a challenge—a small cadre of academics and architects could imagine planning questions more audacious than current practice.  Monthly postings of Collections of thematic essays from the Roundtables will be featured in the LSC Roadmap. We begin with a collection of essays responding to the Roundtable charge: Propose an audacious question to drive early stages of planning—before and after engaging an architect.  Make the case for its significance visually and in words.

LSC Roundtable Collection I: Essays on Designing for Inclusion and Equity

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A link to what we know about planning learning spaces and what we need to know

Learning Spaces Collaboratory

The LSC is a community focusing on the future of planning learning spaces.



The LSC is a collaborating community of academics and architects, a diverse community of stakeholders with a shared commitment to sustainable transformation of the undergraduate environment for learning for all students.

Register for the AAC&U webinar: Vision for Equity (April 19). Free.

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Two documents from the LSC archives explore questions and issues to address as campuses begin to focus on the future in thinking about their spaces for learning:


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2018 LSC Roundtable Schedule:


  • 6/19: Stanford CA. Focusing on Classrooms and Formal Learning Spaces
  • 6/20: Worcester MA. Focusing on Accommodating Project-based Learning (in collaboration with the WPI International PBL Conference
  • June tba: Boston MA. Focusing on the Campus Ecosystem of Learning Spaces
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Reports from the National Research Council (NRC) are essential resources for planners. The NRC report Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation & America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads  (LINK to report) will be of value in informing discussions about why and how to design for inclusivity.

The Inclusive/Excellence Program at HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute) (LINK to report) signals what is important to address if campuses are committing to increasing in measurable ways their infrastructure, resources, and expertise to involve undergraduate students in science, resulting in expanded access to excellence for all students, and especially those who belong to the “new majority” in American higher education. Best Practices from HHMI grantees can be adapted in other settings.

The June LSC Roundtable Collection II: Essays on Designing for Dissolving Disciplinary Boundaries will spotlight a soon-to-be-released report from the National Academies: Branches from the Same Tree. This report anticipates a future for learning and research in undergraduate environments in which boundaries are dissolved between arts, humanities, STEM fields, and medicine. (AHSTEMM).

Register for the May Webinar introducing this report. (LINK to registration). Free.