Upcoming LSC Meetings

LSC events and activities are grounded in the LSC goal to shape an emerging national community of practice: one that recognizes its responsibility to work toward a common language about learners and learning as a critical step in shaping 21st century learning spaces that serve 21st century learners.

The LSC involves a diverse cadre of stakeholders. LSC events and activities are designed by and intended for this diverse community of academic administrators, faculty in all disciplines, architects and other design professionals, representatives of national educational and professional societies.


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 29, 2017
(Roundtables are by invitation.)


April 6, 2017
(Roundtables are by invitation.)

May 4, 2017


  • Robert Beichner, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor of Physics and Director of the NCSU STEM Education Initiative - North Carolina State University
  • William R. LaCourse, Dean, College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences - University of Maryland Balitmore County
  • Jeanne L. Narum, Principal - Learning Spaces Collaboratory​
  • Robin Wright, Head, Department of Biology Teaching and Learning and Editor-in-Chief, CourseSource- University of Minnesota

The LSC will develop a packet of materials from 2016 and 2017 Roundtables that illustrate how priorities of the Division of Undergraduate Education at NSF- engaged student learning and institutional and community transformation- are served by attention to planning the physical environment for 21st century learners:

NSF Program Solicitation: NSF 15-585

Priorities include educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate populace. Both of these priorities depend on the nature and quality of the undergraduate education experience.

The impact of spaces on learning will be illustrated by photos from the architectural portfolios that are part of the Roundtable experience.


May 19, 2017
(Roundtables are by invitation.)


June 7, 2017
(Roundtables are by invitation.)


June 9, 2017 (tentative)
(Roundtables are by invitation.)