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AIABaltimore 21st Century Schools Charrette: Thought, Curriculum, Space

October 20, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 6:30 pm


3 AIA/CES HSW LUs available

Photo ID required to enter school.

3:00 – 3:30 pm Registration
3:10 – 3:20 pm School Tour
3:30 – 6:30 pm Panel Discussion and Workshop

(DON’T COME LATE! Otherwise you will be caught in the 3:45pm release of students)



Intro/Panel Discussion: 30 Minutes:  3:30 – 4:00

  • Can you discuss different pedagogies you have observed in today’s school environment?
  • Can you discuss the impact of project based learning on education?
  • Is this happening today in Maryland public schools?  Should it?
  • What is the largest impediment to implementing curriculum today?
  • How is technology affecting education today?
  • How have new methods of teaching and learning impacted space at a school?

Moderator:  Mike Archbold, AIA, Senior A/E Supervisor – Design, Office of Engineering and Construction, Baltimore County Public Schools

Panelists: (5-6 max)

  • George Roberts, Community Superintendent Zone 2, Baltimore County Public Schools
  • Lynette K Washington, Ph.D., Director, School and Facilities Planning, Baltimore City Public Schools
  • Morna McDermott McNulty, Associate Professor, College of Education, Towson University
  • Gloria Mikolajczyk, School Facilities Architect Supervisor, Maryland State Department of Education
  • Debbie Szyfer, Senior Planner, Division of Long-range Planning, Montgomery County Public Schools
  • John S Palmer, Principal, Westowne Elementary, Baltimore County Public Schools
Breakout Sessions

(Workshop Participants = Each Panelist heads up a group; There is to be 5-6 Groups with 6-8 in a group = 30-48 participants total)

1st Session on the following Question:

How does current education thinking impact curriculum development?

4:00 – 4:05: Question Introduction
4:05 – 4:30 Breakout / Workshop on Questions
4:30 – 5:00: Report Back on Responses
5:00 – 5:05: Break

2nd Session on the following Questions:

How does curriculum translate into space?  / How does curriculum affect space?

5:05 – 5:10: Question Introduction
5:10 – 5:35: Breakout / Workshop on Questions
5:35 – 6:05: Report Back on Responses
6:05 – 6:30: Conclusion/Next Steps

Program Mission

In 2016 AIABaltimore’s Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) is examining school design and construction to provide guidance on how to maximize the value of each dollar invested into public education. We are acutely aware that the school construction needs in the state of Maryland exceed our current budget capacity. As a committee we are invested in finding ways to maximize taxpayer’s investment in the life cycle cost of schools by building more efficiently and to deliver 21st century learning spaces for today’s learners.

Research has proven there is an undeniable link between properly designed learning environments and learning.

Learning environments must be adaptable to better educate learners for 21st century challenges. Flexible and adaptable space should be the norm, the minimum, for our learning environments. The built environment has the ability to be a willing partner in education. The buildings we create can be a teaching tool. This should be our aspiration.

Schools are also homes for the community.The best schools in our State have a strong sense of community not only within the school but also within their neighborhood. It is important to understand that each neighborhood is truly unique and to maximize the effectiveness of each school, each solution must reflect the community they serve.

We are adamant proponents of not sacrificing life cycle costs for first time costs. It is financially unsustainable to achieve lower construction cost by sacrificing life-cycle cost. We cannot burden future generations with poor decisions made today.

The problems facing public education are ever-changing; today we face budget shortfalls and demographic change. We believe the solution is to build what is proven to work, make it adaptable, assess frequently and maintain them as effective learning environments. Financial sustainability throughout the life of the school should be the primary goal—not simply reducing first cost.


Grimm + Parker
GWWO Inc./Architects
Hord Coplan Macht
Rubeling & Associates, A JMT Division

Special thanks to AIA Maryland for support of this initiative



October 20, 2016
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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New Westowne Elementary School
401 Harlem Lane
Catonsville, MD 21228 United States