Our education team based the 1,200-student school design around the user experience. Unlike traditional schools, in which students remain seated in rows of desks and chairs facing their teacher, McNair’s middle schoolers will have the space (physically and conceptually) to engage their social brain and work together to solve real-world problems. In the new environment, teachers adapt conventional interactions with their pupils and classroom furniture to become facilitators for student-centered learning.
At McNair, the school building is the foundation of the student experience. We integrated shared areas throughout so that students can experience a full, well-rounded daily education with spaces to focus on individual study, collaborative group work, and hands-on projects. These communal spots become a tool to engage students and extend learning beyond the four walls of the classroom.