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Thu 01.17.2013

Adapting Historic Schools for 21st Century Learning

AIA CES: 1.5 LUs / HSW

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM THURSDAY, JANUARY 17

Where: At The Center   

In the age of smartboards, personal computers in the classroom, and learning through group collaboration, how do historic buildings remain relevant to the learning needs and teaching modes required of the digital native? Whereas 20th century schools reflected educational principles of the time, what has changed in new construction to reflect teaching principles of today? How can adaptive re-use be harnessed to service new educational goals?

Scholar Jean Arrington will present a short history of the prolific architect Charles B. J. Snyder, Superintendent of Buildings for the New York City Board of Education between 1891 and 1922. Architects of Snyder school and other historic school building restorations will illustrate the challenges and benefits of adapting historic schools for modern day use.

Jean Arrington, English Professor, Borough of Manhattan Community College, and scholar of architect Charles B. J. Snyder
Bruce Nelligan, AIA, Principal, Nelligan White Architects
James Greenberg
, AIA, Principal & Board Director, Perkins Eastman
Lazar Kesic, AIA, Associate, OMNI Architects, P.C.

Andrew S. Dolkart, Director of the Historic Preservation Program and the James Marston Fitch Associate Professor of Historic Preservation, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Price: free for AIA members and students with a valid student ID; $10 non-members

A program of the exhibition The Edgeless School: Design for Learning, on view at the Center for Architecture October 1, 2012 to January 19, 2013.

The exhibition and related programs are organized by the AIA New York Chapter in collaboration with the Center for Architecture Foundation.

Special thanks to the sponsors of The Edgeless School:



Ennead Architects
F.J. Sciame Construction
Levien & Company

Lutron Electronics
Turner Construction Company

List as of September 10, 2012

The Edgeless School is made possible in part through the generous support of Joseph J. Aliotta's 2012 AIANY Chapter Inaugural Fund:


Beyer Blinder Belle
Forest City Ratner Companies
Mancini Duffy|TSC
New York City School Construction Authority
Perkins Eastman
STV Group, Inc.
Thornton Tomasetti

Cameron Engineering
Cosentini Associates
DeLaCour & Ferrara Architects
E-J Electric Installation Co.
Ennead Architects
F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.
FXFOWLE Architects, LLP
Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies
Ingram, Yuzek, Gainen, Carroll & Bertolotti
Jack Resnick & Sons, Inc.
JAM Consultants
JLS Industries Inc.
Knoll, Inc.
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, PC
Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, PC
Lend Lease
Milrose Consultants
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Syska Hennessy Group, Inc.
Vanguard Construction & Development Co.
Viridian Energy & Environmental / Israel Berger and Associates LLC
World Trade Center Properties

List as of September 10, 2012


Opening Reception
Monday, October 1st, 2012, 6-8pm
Also opening, The Best School in the World: Seven Finnish Examples from the 21st Century. The Best School in the World exhibition is produced and organized by the Museum of Finnish Architecture. The New York presentation and related events are part of the New Finnish Design CITY campaign, produced by the Consulate General of Finland and the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York.

Guided Exhibition Tours@theCenter
Thursday, October 4, 2012, 6-7:30pm: The Edgeless School & The Best School
Friday, November 16, 2012, 12-1pm: The Edgeless School & Building Connections
Monday, January 7, 2013, 6-7:30pm: The Edgeless School & Building Connections
Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 6-7:30pm: The Edgeless School & Building Connections
Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 6-7:30pm: The Edgeless School & Building Connections

Building Great Schools: Finland to New York
Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 6-8pm

Spaces for Learning
Thursday, October 11, 2012, 6pm
Steelcase, 4 Columbus Circle

Nurturing Minds: Educational Design Policies, Finland/New York
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 6-8pm

CAt: A Japanese Lesson for Progressive School Design
Monday, October 29, 2012, 6-8pm
Organized by the AIANY Architecture for Education Committee. With support from Okomura Corporation, Japan; TOTO USA; The Japan Foundation Center For Global Partnership.

Outside the Classroom: Design for Experiential Learning
Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 6-8pm

Guided exhibition tour
Friday, November 16, 2012, 12-1pm

FamilyDay@theCenter: Design a School of the Future
Saturday, December 1, 2012, 11am-1pm or 2-4pm

CANCELLED - The School Building as Community Center: Policies, Paradigms, and Challenges
Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 6-8pm

NEW DATE - Making a School: Principals and Architects in Conversation
Monday, January 7, 2012, 6-8pm
With support from The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

Learning Environments for Special Needs: Places that Comfort and Challenge
Thursday, January 10, 2013, 6-8pm

Adapting Historic Schools for 21st Century Learning
Thursday, January 17, 2013, 6-8pm

The Edgeless School: Designing for Learning in the Digital Age Symposium
Saturday, January 19, 2013, 11am-5pm

StudentDay@theCenter: Exhibition School Programs
1-Hour Guided Tour or 2-Hour Tour & Workshop for School Groups (Grades 3-12)
Available for booking through May 25


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