EDspaces 2022 EDsession Program & Schedule


The Survey Says…Teacher and Student Driven Solutions for NextGen Furniture Standards

  • Description: Needing an affordable strategy for implementing the goals of its new and progressive Education Specifications across the entire district, Santa Monica-Malibu USD settled on furniture to effectively deliver benefits to every one of its students. A year-long study with collaborative workshops with “test drive” furniture, over 1,200 student surveys, and 12 working classrooms full of demo furniture all culminated in informing the NextGen Furniture Program before purchasing a single chair. What followed was a robust NextGen program furnishing 248 classrooms at 11 schools. We’ll share lessons learned, insights gathered from our research and how it positively affected students district-wide.
  • Date:Wednesday, November 2
  • Time:8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time
  • Location:EDspaces Classroom E142
  • Track:Post Occupancy/Research
  • Audience:Architects & Designers, Educational Institutions
  • Learning Objective 1:Provide examples of how to use research and workshops to establish a NextGen furniture selection process.
  • Learning Objective 2:Describe which NextGen furniture solutions teachers and students responded to the most and why.
  • Learning Objective 3:Share lessons learned in the planning and deployment of a district-wide furniture order and installation.
  • Learning Objective 4:Demonstrate how new furniture enables educators to better utilize their STEAM curriculum and the benefits they see as a result.
  • Credit:AIA LU, IDCEC
Carey Upton
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
Aaron Buehring