Creating a Safe Campus: The Power of Environmental Design

For years, American citizens with a deep and abiding concern for the future of education in our country have been on high alert in the wake of constant threats to school safety. Out of this sense of concern, the K-12 Studio of community-based architecture firm McMillan Pazdan Smith has published a white paper detailing the role of Environmental Design in creating safer campuses.

The paper began as an examination of how comprehensive, integrated, and systematic solutions can address the multi-faceted set of problems that continue to lead to violent attacks on innocent people. Focusing on the promise of environmental design, the team applied conceptual layers of security systems and overarching strategic measures to arrive at conclusions. Ultimately, the paper’s purpose is to identify a clear path forward for architects and school districts to work together in achieving a greater culture of safety on campus.

Join us for this webinar to:

  • Explore the balance between robust security and individual student freedom
  • Discover the role material selection plays in designing safer spaces
  • Discuss how systems and policies impact a design’s ability to protect people
  • Examine real-world case studies applying these principles

Duration: 1 hour

About Our Speakers

Susan BakerSusan Baker, AIA, NCARB, ALEP, LEED AP
Senior Project Architect at McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture

As part of the firm’s K-12 Studio in Charlotte, NC, Susan applies both her personal experience serving on school boards and her 33 years of architectural design to improving educational spaces for the next generation. During that time, her work has focused exclusively on K-12 educational facilities, including master planning, new facilities, and additions and renovations to existing buildings.

Ben ThompsonBen Thompson, AIA, ALEP
K-12 Studio Director at McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture

Ben Thompson is deeply involved in the master planning, architectural design, and administration of all projects. Serving as an architect on a wide range of projects, Ben believes in the power and value of big ideas as they relate to the world in which we live. Ben has focused his efforts on both large scale educational facilities as well as complex addition and renovation projects.

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