The Design of Safe, Secure & Welcoming Learning Environments

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In October of 2018, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) held a summit on school safety and security. The event brought together architects, policymakers, students, educators, school administrators, law enforcement and building code officials, mental health experts, and others to examine violence in schools and explore ways to holistically improve safety and security in our school communities.

Participants in three different working groups convened to develop recommendations for school design. The Summit focused on both interventional and curative design implications for schools through three lenses: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), Mental Health, and Community and Pedagogy.

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