From the Archive: How Design Transformed a School​

Episode 042 • 45 min

How does the design of a space lead to success in educational settings?​

Students walking around outdoor area in Canyon View High School

Photo by Tom Reich, courtesy of DLR Group


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In this episode, Sam is joined by Taryn Kinney, a Principal at DLR Group, to learn how space can influence a student’s educational success. What are the different phases of learning? And how can space affect those phases? Taryn brings her architecture background and education in Organizational Psychology to make the design of schools better for the student and the educator. Later on in the show, they are joined by Phillip Nowlin, Principal at Canyon View High School, to learn how he and Taryn collaborated to make the design of Canyon View High School. Phillip describes the look, feel, and energy of Canyon View High School and how educators can use design to make a difference in learning.


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Sam Aquillano

Sam Aquillano

Design Museum Everywhere


Taryn Kinney

Taryn Kinney

DLR Group

Guest Co-host

Phillip Nowlin

Phillip Nowlin