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Strategy includes translating educational goals and needs into effective and workable planning tools to assist both educators and architects in realizing these goals with accuracy and efficiency.  By facilitating an inclusive process that intertwines educational goals with architectural solutions, BrainSpaces provides clients with educational facility planning documents, which serve as a road-map for the architectural team throughout the design and construction process. 

The process and services required to serve each client and each project vary widely and are tailored for each new venture. Accuracy, efficiency and consensus are achieved through a combination of interactive work sessions, tours & virtual tours, research, surveys, interviews, individual and group conferences and discussions.  Existing guidelines and standards also vary and are referenced and incorporated as required.


Pre-Design & Educational Facility Planning services include:

       Visioning & Group Facilitation

       Educational Specifications

       Space Programming

       Organizational Strategy Diagrams

       Master Planning

       Conceptual Design

       Research & Best-Practices

       Translating Curriculum needs into facility organization strategies

       Use options & strategies for existing facilities

       Assisting with selection of Architect and other consultants

       Developing web-based project communication (web, blog, wiki, etc.)

Examples of Project Websites & Wikis:

Marysville Pilchuck High School

Lincoln Middle School

Ryan Middle School


Design Phase services ensure continuity and include:

       Assistance with Schematic Design

       Peer review of design team

       Interior Design

       Assistance with FF&E

       Assistance with finishes, materials and color selection

       Owner’s Representative

       Assistance with Artist selection

       Assistance with Groundbreaking Ceremony


Diagnostic Services include Existing Facility Assessments for:

       Educational Adequacy

       Educational Commissioning

       Capacity & Utilization  Assessments

       Equity among/between Facilities

       Compliance with local, state, or national School Planning Guidelines

       Compliance with Educational Specifications

       Future flexibility


Post Construction services include:

       Educational Use Commissioning

       Facility “User Guides”

       Post-Occupancy Evaluations

Updated: July 2015


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School Design Charette Team

Seated: Steve Crane, FAIA, VCBO Architecture, and Amy Yurko, AIA, BrainSpaces. Standing: Ellis Kaufman, director of small learning communities, Facilities Services Division, LAUSD; John Nichols, AIA, Principal, HMC Architects; Guy Mehula, chief facilities executive, LAUSD; Edwin J. Van Ginkel, senior development manager, Facilities Services Division, LAUSD.

Photo © Bryan Becker.


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