Fridays@4: Lecture by Isaac Williams, "Learning Places"
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 4:00pm
Fridays@4: Lecture by Isaac Williams, "Learning Places"

Isaac Williams is a principal with Fielding Nair International, and serves as the Director of the Baltimore / Washington Studio. He has led the design of schools in 11 countries on 4 continents.  His design work has won several awards, including in 2015 the Association for Learning Environments MacConnell Award, the most prestigious award within the school design industry for the impact design has on learning.

Isaac has taught architecture at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and study abroad programs in the US, Dubai, Italy, and Scandinavia.  He is currently on the faculty at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD.  His scholarship on school design has been published in both academic and trade publications, and he has lectured on school design nationally and internationally. He was the recipient of the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s Henry C. Welcome Fellowship from 2007-2010 for his research on the relationships between space and learning, and in 2015 collaborated in an interdisciplinary research study on the impact of active learning space on learning outcomes for students from diverse backgrounds, recently published by the AIA, EDRA, and SCUP.  He has served as a juror for the American Institute of Architects National Honor Awards, the National School Board Association’s “Learning by Design” awards, DesignShare’s international awards program, and served as a resource team member and panelist for the American Architectural Foundation’s Great Schools by Design program.

At this week's Fridays@4 presentation, titled "Learning Places," using examples of his recent work in Singapore, Saskatchewan, San Antonio, and Brussels, Isaac Williams will explore and discuss the ways in which design of the physical environment can support learning, and place itself can be a source of learning.

Shattuck Hall Annex
SW Broadway & Hall Street
Portland State University

Free and open to the public