Architecture Program


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Mark Hoistad

Date of this Version

Spring 5-5-2017


Perez, Bryan Hill. "The Ne[x]t Generation Learning Environments: Influences on the Future Design of Educational Spaces" Master of Architecture Thesis, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2017


A THESIS Presented to the Architecture Faculty of The College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Architecture, Major: Architecture, Under the Supervision of Professor Mark Hoistad. Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2017

Copyright (c) 2017 Bryan Hill Perez


Over the past 100 years, there have been significant changes in many aspects of our lives, from the way we communicate to the way we work. One aspect that has seen minimal change is the way we learn – In classrooms with rows of desks and chairs facing the front, where a sole instructor disseminates knowledge the class as a whole. As the next generation of students is entering college, it has become apparent that there is a disconnect in the way this generation behaves, interacts, and learns and the typical school infrastructure and pedagogy of today. The design of schools and the way in which we teach students are both based on outdated models.

Understanding the discrepancy between the current design of educational spaces and the way in which the next generation learn, how should schools adapt to reflect the 21st century and support the needs of this generation? This thesis explores architectural opportunities derived from shifts in pedagogy and curriculum structure, the reconnection to its context, and the importance of community integration.

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