Past Meetings

LSC Initiatives: Portfolios, Roundtables, and a Forum

In Spring 2016, the LSC gives continuing attention to questions to be asked in planning learning spaces, connecting the dots more directly between questions to be asked about how planning happens and about how learning happens. This initiative builds on the experience of shaping and using The LSC Guide: Planning for Assessing 21st Century Spaces for 21st Century Learners (2013), a guide prompting those with responsibility and opportunity to shape learning spaces to give attention to four foundational questions:

Five LSC Regional Roundtables on the Future were planned. At each a small group of academics and design professionals collaborate in an afternoon session, beginning with examining questions that are driving recent facilities initiatives, then imagining and posing a new set of foundational questions. Inspired by the wisdom of David Perkins (Harvard University), the intent is to provide an environment for collaborative, inventive thinking about both the process and product.

Through skepticism, questioning, analogy, brainstorming, trial and error, exhaustive search and many other ways, inventors transgress boundaries to devise fundamentally fresh and more powerful ways of doing things.  (Mapping the Inventive Mind. National Academy of Sciences, 2004.)

One goal of these roundtables is to develop a prototype for planning that could be used as a starting point for engaging a campus community in identifying questions that matter in their context, as they embrace their future, whether they are called to plan the repurposing of an outdated chemistry building, or to construct a new facility that serves as a interdisciplinary bridge, or the planning to plan new institutional policies that recognize the reality that space matters to learning.

Questions examined at each roundtable were submitted in applications from participating architects—presenting a description and visuals relating to a specific project and the questions that drove the planning. Reports from and about the roundtables will be posted regularly on the LSC website.  Roundtables were held at Georgia Institute of Technology (March 22); Boston University (April 8); University of Washington (April 26); Loyola Marymount University (May 12); and the University of Chicago Illinois (June 2).

A few of the questions to be explored: 

  • Current trends in higher education value a culture of openness and sharing in the academic environment. What can our learning spaces do to promote strategic partnerships between students from different backgrounds and disciplines to push learning beyond the boundaries of a classroom?
  • How do we create the destination for collaboration with industry, government, and academic partners to accelerate intellectual and economic development and help students build a bridge to a bright future?
  • Can an institution struggling with inertia take a quantum leap into modern classrooms?

The complete set of materials from these firms will be incorporated into follow-up reports that will be shared with the LSC community, after each roundtable, together with stories about how the roundtable proceeded—how the “roundtable approach" served its purpose in arriving at thoughts about more powerful ways of looking at the planning of learning spaces.

From Georgia Institute of Technology's Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons Study

March 22, 2016
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Roundtables are by invitation.)

A. People


  • Wendy C. Newstetter, Director, Educational Research and Innovation, College of Engineering - Georgia Institute of Technology 
  • Howard S. Wertheimer, Director, Capital Planning and Space Management - Georgia Institute of Technology


  • Robert Beichner, Professor of Physics and Director of the NCSU STEM Education Initiative - North Carolina State University
  • Dolores Bradley Brennan, Professor of Psychology and Special Assistant to the Provost, Director of Undergraduate Research, Director, NIGMS(TWD)-RISE Program - Spelman College
  • Ameet D. Doshi, Director, Service Experience and Program Design, Subject Librarian for Public Policy - Georgia Institute of Technology Library
  • Steve Duke, Associate Dean, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering - Auburn University
  • Edward D. Gomes, Jr, Senior Associate Dean - Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Office of Technology Services - Duke University
  • Jeanne L. Narum, Principal - Learning Spaces Collaboratory (* Facilitator)
  • Edward E. Schwartz, Assistant Director, Classroom Support and Learning Spaces, Center for Teaching and Learning - University of Georgia
  • Jorge Vanegas, Dean, College of Architecture - Texas A&M University


  • BCWH Architects - Da Vinci Center for Innovation, Virginia Commonwealth University
    Charles Piper, Principal
  • Flad Architects - Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS), University of Alberta
    Chuck Mummert, Director of North Carolina Office
  • HOK - New Core Sciences Facility, Memorial University of Newfoundland 
    Randy Kray, Director of Lab Programming + Planning
  • Hord Coplan Macht - Learning Space Design for the Future Ethnically Diverse Undergraduate Classroom, Morgan State University
    Jim Determan, Principal
  • Lord Aeck Sargent - Gross Hall for Interdisciplinary Innovation, Duke University
    John Starr, Principal and Director of the Arts & Culture and Education Practice Areas
  • Perkins+Will - Watt Family Innovation Center, Clemson University
    ​Gary McNay, Practice Leader, Principal
  • Skidmore Owings and Merrill LLP - John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York 
    Meredith Bostwick-Lorenzo Eiroa, Associate Director
  • SmithGroupJJR - Engineering Student Achievement Center, Auburn University 
    Bryan Cannon, Studio Leader
  • Vantage Technology Consulting Group - Digital Classroom Building, Washington State University
    Parke Rhoads, Principal


B. Follow-up Reports


C. Resources


Council on Undergraduate Research
Denver, CO, Nov. 20-22
Application now available! Deadline: Oct. 1, 2015


October 22 - 25, 2015

The School of Education & Social Policy is hosting the 37th Annual Meeting of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies at Merrimack College is located in North Andover, MA.



Council on Undergraduate Research
University of Missouri, Columbia, Oct. 15-17
Application now available! Deadline: Sept. 12, 2015


October 13-14, 2015
Washington University in St. Louis


Date: May 13, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Facilitator: Jeanne L. Narum, Principal - Learning Spaces Collaboratory



Sunday, March 22, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Location: D.C. incubator 1776


  • Leticia Britos Cavagnaro, Epicenter
  • Jeanne L. Narum, Learning Spaces Collaboratory

For more information, visit the workshop website.