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Emma Beaird

Planning Learning Spaces Book Launch

By | Research

Kerri Ranney, Huckabee’s Vice President of Educational Practice, is a contributing author for the new book, Planning Learning Spaces: A Practical Guide for Architects, Designers and School Leaders. Kerri is one of 19 contributors from across the globe who gives unique insight into how design of learning spaces contributes to students’ learning experiences in a quickly changing world. Her chapter, “Applied and Technical Learning,” focuses on authentic, hands-on learning and CTE design and features case studies from three Texas school districts: Georgetown ISD, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD and Mansfield ISD.

With experience in architecture, educational planning and educational research, Kerri brings a diverse set of knowledge to the project. She was invited to provide the US perspective and is the only contributing author from this side of the pond. Collectively, the book’s contributors created a planning resource for designers, architects and school leaders.

Kerri is speaking at the book’s international launch in November 2019 at the Education Construction Network’s annual conference in Westminster. She and other contributors will highlight the importance of understanding the intended teaching and learning approach before creating the physical design of a school or classroom environment. We are proud of Kerri’s commitment to the project and her dedication to providing MORE resources for stakeholders around the world to enhance learning opportunities for all students!

To learn more about the book click here or to purchase a copy click here.

Year in Review: 2018-2019

By | Research


The LEx Collaborative’s 2018-2019 Year in Review has been published; it highlights the purpose of the collaborative and results of the research that was conducted over the past year. The LEx Collaborative is committed to studying student engagement for elementary students, with a focus on how flexible furniture and professional development impact engagement and academic outcomes. The data is promising, and the next phase—a longitudinal study—is currently underway!

We found there to be an immediate positive effect on students’ perception of a learning environment simply by having flexible furniture in the classroom. We also observed students in flexible learning environments seek contact with their classmates 14 percent more of the time than their peers in traditional classrooms. Overall all, our findings indicate that students in flexible learning environments have more productive interactions than those in traditional learning spaces. To read the full report, click here.

Huckabee, ESC Region 12 and Baylor University are excited to further explore these findings as our longitudinal study continues through the 2019-2020 school year. We hope this document serves as a resource for other designers, school leaders, teachers and parents as we work to continually improve education for all students.

Leaders of Learners

By | Research

LEx Collaborative was recently featured in Leaders of Learners. LEx Collaborative is Huckabee’s educational research partnership with Education Service Center (ESC) Region 12 and Baylor University’s Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER). Leaders of Learners is a magazine written out of Texas’s Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Located at the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC), LEx Collaborative conducts research in the intersection of professional development and the built environment to determine impact on student engagement and the learning experience.

In the article, LEx Collaborative dives into “the psychosocial aspects of the classroom, the culture of the school, teacher pedagogy, and most importantly, the built environment, and how each of these facets of education directly impact learning and student engagement.”

To read the essay and learn more about the LEx Collaborative’s partnership and how our team of experts is bringing together their specific skillsets and knowledge to improve education, click here.

Ranked #37 in Architectural Record

By | News

Huckabee has been ranked No. 37 this year on the Architectural Record magazine Top 300 Architectural Firms list, moving up seven points from 2018. We are proud to serve students, educators and communities through our work, and we are honored that because of their trust, we have a platform to help improve education for all while excelling in our industry.

At Huckabee, we are committed to, and known for, design innovation, technical excellence and personal service. We have exclusively served educational clients in Texas for 52 years, completing over 3,500 projects and greatly impacting students and educators.

Click here to view the full list of Architectural Record magazine Top 300 Architectural Firms.