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Updated: July 2015

 

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BrainSpaces, Inc.

1100 N. California Avenue

Chicago, IL  60622

Ph:  773.531.3221

Fax:  773.342.3662

Email:  info@brainspaces.com

BIOGRAPHY

Peter Brown AIA, a registered architect, has built a career through developing collaborative relationships with educators and architects, gaining a working knowledge of all aspects of school operations from multiple viewpoints—students, teachers, administrators, facility managers, school boards and community stakeholders. Skilled at hearing subtleties within each organization, Peter often becomes a translator—transforming educational and curricular concepts into spatial concepts that architects and engineers understand.

Peter is accomplished at leading large groups of stakeholders through consensus building processes. Insightful, fun, and challenging, these processes are designed to ensure that investments in school facilities are meaningful for diverse interest groups, meet schedules and budgets, as well as look forward to changing educational landscapes with graceful and agile solutions. Having worked with a number of international school organizations, Peter is an industry expert on planning schools with multiple curricular models, multiple grade configurations, and multiple administrative structures. He is passionate about creating schools that become centers of communities.

During a 12-year tenure with Perkins+Will, Peter served as Principal and Market Sector Leader for the firm’s global K12 practice, responsible for the planning, design and execution of innovative schools nationally and internationally. His leadership has resulted in award-winning projects honored by both architects and educators.

Peter has planned schools to meet the needs of over 50,000 students, in collaboration with over 25 firms on over $1 Billion in school construction. With projects and engagements in over 16 states and 7 countries, Peter brings a global perspective to project teams and a keen interest in creating school environments that improve performance of teaching and learning. His deep understanding of facility research, sustainable design, diverse learning styles and multiple curricular approaches result in schools designed to meet the needs of all learners.

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Institute of Architects

US Green Building Council

CEFPI: Council of Education Facility Planners International

AAF: Great Schools by Design

Sarasota Architectural Foundation

EARCOS: East Asia Region Council of Schools

Illinois Institute of Technology: Co-Instructor 1999 School Design Studio

 

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Architecture, 1990, Texas Tech University

 

PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE and CERTIFICATIONS

Architect: State of Illinois, State of Texas

LEED® Accredited Professional

 

PRESENTATIONS

Peter frequently writes for journals and reference books utilized by architects and educators alike. He has been invited by educational, architectural, and industry organizations to speak on topics that connect education and design, including the Texas Commissioner of Education in 2002 and the Chairman of the US House Committee on Education and the Workforce in 2006. Peter’s insights have been shared in over 30 professional presentations.

 

Recent Topics:

“How Design Affects Children’s Learning”

“Strategies to Connect Facilities and Learning”

“Planning Strategies for Safer Schools”

“Designing Schools that Communicate: Harnessing the Power of the Brand”

“Sustainable Strategies for Schools: Hector Garcia Middle School”

“Sustainable Design in Practice”

“Designing Schools for Global Thinkers”

“Making a Great School: Classroom and School Design to Support Learning”

“Sustainable Solutions for a Global Society”

“Designing Schools from the Inside Out”

“Designing Prototypical Schools”

“Understanding Space Requirements for Today’s Curriculum Changes”

“Creating a Charter School: A Dynamic Team Process”

“A New Generation of Schools: Planning Schools Designed to Learn”

Recent Conferences:

2007 NAEYC Annual Conference & Expo, Chicago

2007 Keynote: AIA Miami / University of Miami “Under the Sun” Conference

2007 5th National School Build Conference, Amsterdam

2007 USGBC North Texas Chapter, Dallas

2007 AEYC Opening Minds Conference, Chicago

2006 CES Conference, Chicago

2006 AAF School Design Institute, Washington DC

2006 ASCD Conference, Chicago

2006 CEFPI Southern Region Conference, Ft. Worth

2006 CEFPI International Conference, San Antonio

2005 Beijing Institute of Architecture and Design, Beijing

2005 NSSEA Conference, San Antonio

2004 Harvard Executive Education Series, Boston

2003 TASA/TASB Conference, Dallas

2002 ASBO Conference, Phoenix

2002 CEFPI Hot Topics, Vancouver

2002 CEFPI Hot Topics, Columbus

2002 NEOCON, Chicago

2002 NSSEA, Dallas

2002 CEFPI North Carolina, Raleigh

2000 NSBA, Orlando

 

SELECT PUBLICATIONS

Author:

“2007 International Design Share Awards”, DesignShare, Fall 2007

“Hector Garcia Middle School”, DesignShare, Spring 2007

“Public School Teaches and Inspires“, Environmental Design & Construction, January 2007

“Designing Schools from the Inside Out”, NSSEA Essentials, January 2005

“Educational Interiors”, School Planning and Management, December 2004

“Planning Schools Beyond the Building”, School Planning and Management, December 2001

Contributing Author:

“Elementary Schools and Secondary Schools”, Interior Graphic Standards, 2003

“Planning Elementary and Secondary Schools”, Timesaver Standards for Building Types, 4th Edition, 2001

“Organization and Design of Schools”, Timesaver Standards for Building Types, 4th Edition, 2001

 

 

PROJECT EXPERIENCE

Prior to BrainSpaces (also see BrainSpaces projects here.)

 

Prior to joining BrainSpaces, Peter held positions at several noted architectural firms, gaining valuable experience from the staff, clients and projects with which he worked, many of these are included in the listing below. 

 

Independent Schools:

HERITAGE SCHOOL, Fredericksburg TX,

      In association with Mustard Design

      Programming, Planning, and Design for a new 400 student Campus

 

St. Alcuin Montessori School, Dallas TX

      In association with Perkins+Will             

      Masterplanning for a reconfigured 700 Student Campus     

 

Dulwich College Beijing, Beijing China

      Perkins+Will in association with UA Design           

      Programming, Planning, and Design for a new 880 Student Campus 

 

Dulwich College Shanghai, Shanghai China

      Perkins+Will in association with SIADR    

      Programming, Planning, and Design for a expanded 500 Student Campus     

 

Carolina International School, Charlotte NC

      Perkins+Will                

      Programming and Planning for a new 520 Student Campus 

 

Dalian International School, Dalian China

      Perkins+Will   

      Programming and Planning for a new 1,700 Student Campus          

 

Nagoya International School, Nagoya Japan

      Perkins+Will   

      Strategic Planning and Assessment for an existing 350 Student Campus       

 

Qingdao International School, Qingdao China

      Perkins+Will   

      Programming and Planning for a replacement 600 Student Campus  

 

St. Mary’s International School, Tokyo Japan

      Perkins+Will in association with Edward Suzuki and Archinova         

      Programming and planning for replacement 1,200 Student Campus 

 

Concordia Intl. School Shanghai, Shanghai China

      Perkins+Will in association with MSI       

      Programming and Planning, Furniture Planning for a 350 Student Campus     

 

International School of Beijing, Beijing China

      Perkins+Will in association with BIAD      

      Planning, Design, Furniture Planning for a 2,400 Student Campus    

 

Cathedral High School, Indianapolis IN

      Perkins+Will in association with CSO Architects     

      Capacity and Utilization Analysis for an existing 1,100 Student Campus

 

The Ross School, East Hampton NY

      Perkins+Will   

      Programming for an existing 220 Student Campus

 

Englewood Charter School, Chicago IL

      Perkins+Will   

      Programming, Planning, and Design for a new 900 Student Campus 

 

High Schools:

Academy@998, Buffalo NY

      Perkins+Will in association with Steiglitz Snyder   

      Programming, Planning, Design for a new 500 Student Campus       

 

Riverview High School, Sarasota FL

      Perkins+Will in association with BMK       

      Programming, Planning for a replacement 2,800 Student Campus    

 

Parker High School, Howell MI

      Perkins+Will in association with French Associates 

      Programming, Planning, Design Guidelines for a new 1,400 Student Campus 

 

Patrick Henry High School, Roanoke VA

      Perkins+Will in association with Rife+Wood          

      Programming and Planning for a replacement 1,700 Student Campus           

 

Dunbar High School, Baltimore MD

      Perkins+Will in association with GWWO   

      Programming, Planning, Schedule Analysis for a1,100 Student Campus        

 

Blythewood High School, Columbia SC

      Perkins+Will in association with Boudreaux Group 

      Programming and Design Guidelines for a new 1,700 Student High School    

 

Anderson High School, Anderson IN

      Perkins+Will in association with CSO Architects     

      Programming and Planning Guidelines for a reconfigured 1,600 Student Campus        

 

Highland High School, Anderson IN

      Perkins+Will in association with CSO Architects     

      Programming and Planning Guidelines for a reconfigured 1,600 Student Campus

 

Arlington High School, Indianapolis IN

      Perkins+Will in association with CSO Architects     

      Programming, Planning, Schedule Analysis for a 2,000 Student Campus       

 

West Aurora High School, Aurora IL

      Perkins+Will   

      Project Architect for a reconfigured 3,000 Student Campus 

 

Middle Schools:

Maitland Middle School, Orlando FL

      In association with Perkins+Will and Rhodes+Britto Architects         

      Planning for a replacement 1,200 Student Campus            

 

Hector Garcia Middle School, Dallas TX

      Perkins+Will   

      Planning, Design for a new 1,200 Student Campus            

 

Central Middle School, Columbus IN

      Perkins+Will in association with CSO Architects     

      Programming, Design Guidelines for a replacement 900 Student Campus      

 

Northside Middle School, Columbus IN

      Perkins+Will with Ratio Architects           

      Programming, Design Guidelines for a reconfigured 900 Student Campus      

 

Southside Middle School, Columbus IN

      Perkins+Will in association with CSO Architects     

      Programming, Design Guidelines for a replacement 800 Student Campus      

 

Elementary Schools:

 

Dommerich Elementary School, Orlando FL

      In association with Perkins+Will and Rhodes+Britto Architects          

      Planning for a replacement 700 Student Campus      

 

Erskine Elementary School, Anderson IN

      Perkins+Will in association with CSO Architects     

      Programming, Planning, Design for a new 600 Student Campus       

 

Wendell Phillips Elementary School, Indianapolis IN

      Perkins+Will in association with CSO Architects     

      Programming, Design Guidelines for a new 600 Student Campus     

 

Lincoln Elementary School, Columbus IN

      Perkins+Will in association with Gunnar Birkerts   

      Programming, Design Guidelines for a reconfigured 350 Student Campus      

 

Southside Elementary School, Columbus IN

      Perkins+Will in association with Carol Ross Barney            

      Programming, Design Guidelines for a new 800 Student Campus     

 

Fearn Elementary School, North Aurora IL

      Perkins+Will   

      Programming, Planning, Design for a new 600 Student Campus       

 

East Elementary School, Lake Bluff IL

      Perkins+Will   

      Project Architect for a reconfigured 300 Student Campus    

 

Central Elementary School, Lake Bluff IL

      Perkins+Will   

      Project Architect for a reconfigured 300 Student Campus    

            

                         

Peter Brown, AIA LEED® AP

contact:  469.556.2381