EDspaces 2022 EDsession Program & Schedule


Creating Space for Student Well-Being

  • Description: When the Town Weymouth decided to build the largest middle school in Massachusetts, cost effectiveness and community equity were key drivers. With that direction, students’ academic, physical, and social-emotional wellbeing, became the central challenge of the Chapman Middle School project. We approached these issues from both an educational planning and an architectural design direction. Learn how a large middle school can prioritize student wellbeing by creating a tiered system of smaller learning communities, enhancing identity and wayfinding with color and graphics, providing spaces for inter-and cross-team interaction, providing academic choices and feeders to hand on career tech opportunities in the high school to fully engage students' interest in learning, and to encourage healthy life styles to develop the whole child.
  • Date:Thursday, November 3
  • Time:2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time
  • Location:EDspaces Classroom D135
  • Track:Design/Project Management
  • Audience:Architects & Designers, Educational Institutions
  • Learning Objective 1:Understand multiple education planning strategies to increase student well-being within large schools.
  • Learning Objective 2:Learn collaborative approaches and tools for integrating community and educator goals with design and planning decision making.
  • Learning Objective 3:Discover how one community is developing career path exposure for middle schoolers and how building design supports that.
  • Learning Objective 4:Understand how detailed performance decisions (access to useful natural light, improved acoustics, ventilation and air-flow) impact student well-being.
  • Credit:AIA LU, IDCEC/HSW
Matt LaRue
HMFH Architects