Architects to share knowledge of enhancing student wellbeing through classroom design at SXSW EDU

Watch the “Student Wellbeing Through Classroom Design” panel streaming on AIA’s Facebook live on March 11.

Austin, Texas – March 5, 2020 – As communities across the country debate how to create better learning environments within schools, a panel discussion led by The American Institute of Architects (AIA) at SXSW EDU on Wednesday, March 11 will provide insights on the issue through better school design.

As part of the “Student Wellbeing Through Classroom Design” panel, AIA and its members will discuss strategies that are helping students to feel and learn better, while exploring the research that proves it.

The discussion will include 2020 AIA President Jane Fredrick, FAIA; school design expert and architect Karina Ruiz, AIA; architectural designer Jenine Kotob, Assoc. AIA; and school design expert and architect Jim Determan, FAIA, whose research on the impact of biophilic learning spaces on student success has received grant funding from AIA.

Members of the media interested in attending must register in advance by emailing Once confirmed to attend, a notification and additional details will be sent. More information is available on SXSW EDU’s website.

Members of the media can also watch the panel livestream on AIA's Facebook page.

WHEN: 3:30 p.m. CT, Wednesday, March 11

WHERE: Austin Convention Center, 500 East Cesar Chavez, Austin, Texas 78701.

Visit AIA’s website for more information on school design.

About AIA

Founded in 1857, AIA consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing.

AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards.


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