Cooper Carry Architects Discuss Design of Modern Schools


Design Connections Education Conference to take place in Palm Beach, Oct. 4-6

Internationally recognized design firm Cooper Carry principals Robert Just and Kim Rousseau will lead sessions on the design of modern schools at the Design Connections Education conference in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida from Oct. 4 – 6, 2015. The conference is hosted by Interiors & Sources, a trade magazine with a focus on commercial interior designers.

Educating a generation that has grown up with internet and technology at their fingertips calls for new learning pedagogies and environments. School systems around the country are implementing new classroom layouts, open spaces and multimedia features to accommodate the 21st century student.

Rousseau’s “Flipping the Classroom” session will focus on the changing organization of classrooms to serve a variety of learning styles. Her discussion will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 9:10 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.

“As schools adopt new learning philosophies, classroom design and organization must follow suit. Today, more power is in the hands of the students to collaborate and teach each other to achieve ultimate learning retention,” said Rousseau. “We’re seeing the incorporation of adaptable learning pods, technology and flexible spaces that breed active, team-based learning.”

Just’s “Learning on Display” session will examine the design trend of creating open, transparent spaces that foster student inquisitiveness and the cross-pollination of ideas. His discussion will take place on Sunday, Oct. 4 from 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

“Educators want environments that inspire students to be life-long learners. Integrating glass, wayfinding techniques and open classrooms allow students to see a variety of educational activities putting ‘learning on display,’” said Just. “The idea is for a class to walk down the hall and see another doing culinary arts, robotics, science experiments, etc., which will foster a culture of curiosity. ”

Both Just and Rousseau are actively pursuing and designing innovative K-12 schools across the U.S. Recent projects include the 11-story North Atlanta High School in Atlanta and the five-story Bailey’s Upper Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences in Falls Church, Virginia.

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Cooper Carry provides architecture, planning, landscape architecture, interior design, environmental graphic design and sustainability consulting services. Founded in 1960, the firm specializes in the design of corporate, education, government, hospitality, mixed-use, office, residential, retail, science + technology, and transit projects. The firm has designed projects in 45 states and globally in the Caribbean, Middle East, Asia, Africa and Central America. Engaging a fundamental design philosophy centered on the concept that environments should connect people to people and people to place, the firm promotes the philosophy of “connective architecture.” Designers understand the local market and the specific cultural and physical contexts in which the building will serve those who interact with it while conceiving memorable spaces, inside and out. Listening to the client and gaining a deep understanding of the market and site prior to commencing design, Cooper Carry balances passionate creativity with client service. For more information visit

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