Innovative educational solutions...Inspired by YOU.
INSPIRED by your passion.
We are problem solvers by nature, school architects by trade and innovators of performance-driven solutions inspired by you. We have seen the passion you have to make a difference for your students. At the core of our practice is the belief that learning environments matter in a student's education. We'll help to turn your facility into a teaching tool.
INNOVATION gives us our edge.
Our process for 21st Century school planning is community-based, future-minded, and learner-focused. The most innovative solution will embody your school's curriculum, vision and culture to create ultimate value for your students.
Grounded in INTEGRITY.
Our reputation for "client first" service, quality, expertise and timeliness makes us a firm you'll be proud to partner with. With our 50th anniversary just around the corner, we're proud to have more than 2,200 school projects in our portfolio. We are a community-based firm with 6 locations and growing to better serve our clients.
"All five of our schools are more responsive to our students' needs and operational efficiency. Improvements will have a direct impact on the performance of our students, teachers, and the buildings themselves."- Dr. John Perdue, Superintendent, Glen Ellyn CCSD 89
Education is changing.
Technology is bringing our communities and students closer to new frontiers. It's projected that students graduating this year will have between 5-8 unique careers in their lifetime. Today's schools are changing for the better.
The latest trends in educational delivery are very different than traditional learning methods. 21st Century Skill sets, the Common Core Curriculum and educational visionaries are changing the face of education as it's been known. Whether it's inquiry-based, project-based, hands-on or technology driven, school facilites need to support flexibility and be agile enough for what comes next.
All these ideas push the design of the "standard" or "traditional" classroom beyond its limits. More flexible spaces can transform into a variety of educational "settings," allowing teachers to deliver curriculum in many ways, in turn connecting with students' learning styles.
We'll translate your curriculum into space needs and work with you to create solutions that use your facilities at their highest level.
Learning Styles: every student is different
Every student learns differently. Auditory learners best absorb information by listening, but tactual learners like hands-on activities and kinesthetic learners prefer to move around.
Some students will achieve success despite their school environment. But for many others, the learning environment can have a big impact on their performance. Although the traditional classroom is set up for auditory learners, research reveals that less than 12% of elementary school students fall into that category. Research further suggests that students should ideally spend 30% of their classroom time standing, and 20% of their time walking around.
Architecture goes beyond bricks and mortar to support learning styles: acoustics, flooring, furniture, and even wall colors make a difference. When these factors are tweaked the right way, they can improve student performance and teacher retention.
Collaborative learning opportunity spaces feature zones that enable students to learn in groups or individually, in areas with soft seats and dimmed lights or in areas with traditional seating and bright lights. Spaces should offer computers, as well as acoustics to isolate outside noise.
The future: co-curricular delivery
One example of a space that supports 21st century learners is a STEM lab, which brings together programs in science, technology, engineering, and math. In these flexible labs, students experiment and explore by working with each other, their teachers, and outside industry partners. The concepts delivered in Biology next door or Engineering down the hall are furthered by providing a single space that gives students the freedom to explore theories and concepts that bridge the curricula. Legat Architects developed NSBA and IASB award-winning STEM labs at Niles Township High School District 219.
What if there's another way?
Connecting Ideas to People.
- What if there's another way...IASB Journal Cover Article
- Edutopia Series: Common Core (1)
- Digital Natives enter workforce
- 20 Must have Ed Resources for teachers
- Khan Academy sees boom in use
- Foundation ties Science & Art collaboration to cognitative improvements STEM + A = STEAM
- Project Based Learning: Research
- Online Learning Models: The future of mass education?
- Blog: 21 things that will be obsolete by 2020...we've seen examples of it already!
- NEW: STEM High Schools ranked
- TOOL: What PowerPoint?! Use Prezi!
- INTERESTING: US shares ED Reform with Malaysia
- USDA increases STEM ED w/ gardening in Hawaii
- TEDed: Classroom Resource
- Hot Topic: Khan talks about "flipped classrooms" (Video)
- R&D: Legat and Henrickson give to learning environments for research (Video)
- Opinion: What you really need to know about education (NY Times)
- Resource: Connect a Million Minds (Videos)
- Tool: Express yourself with a wordle
- General: Ideas Worth Spreading: TED (Videos)
- Think Tank: America's Schoolhouse Council
- Resource: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Ed Coalition
- Cool: MIT students show love for architecture and tetris with hack (Video)
- Want a STEM Lab: Innovation meets Collaboration
- HOT: National Coalition campaigns for longer days in low income areas
Having fun with learning styles
Did you stop by our booth at the 2012 Joint Annual Conference? Over 700 educational leaders did to play our learning styles game. Contact us to learn more about the impact of learning styles on educational settings.
The new three R's
The economy-induced drive toward more fiscally and environmentally responsible facilities has given rise to three new R's. Legat Architects' Jason Lembke and Vuk Vujovic discuss "reducing, reusing and recycling" with School Planning & Management magazine.
A gold standard in athletic training
Explore a new Athletic Training Center at the high school that U.S. Olympic Gold medalist Bart Conner attended.
Students learn from school's sustainable features
Discover how Hubble Middle School's unique curriculum drove the design of the new LEED for Schools Gold certified facility. Student tours highlight sustainable elements, and the school hosts an "eco-fair."
A community asset
The Mariano Azuela Elementary School campus creates a blueprint for successful community partnerships and facilities that support the curriculum. Learn more about the highest-rated LEED for Schools certified facility in the Chicago Public Schools system.
What lies ahead?
Long-term planning for facilities and curriculum can be daunting. Find out how one district is preparing its four high schools for the next 20 years.
Meet our K-12 Practice Leader
Jason Lembke, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is director of Legat Architects' K-12 education practice. During his 15 years in architecture, Jason has served as planner, programmer and senior project manager for many educational projects. He was selected for ENR Midwest's "Top 20 Under 40" and Building Design & Construction's "40 Under 40."
Contact Jason for more infomation and see how Legat can make a difference in your next project.