2014
  • Oakridge International School-First ‘LEED Gold’ School in Bangalore!
  • Roof & Facade, ASEAN Edition

    October 2014

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    2014
  • 21st Century Learning driven by NEW AGE ARCHITECTURAL PARADIGM!
  • Brainfeed Coverstory

    October 2014

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    2014
  • Time to Break Free!
  • The Statesman - Section 2, New Delhi

    8th May, 2014

    2014
  • New Teaching Methods Keys to success
  • The Pioneer, New Delhi

    8 May 2014

    2014
  • Innovative School Design to Reinvent Education!
  • Times of India

    Factory-like school buildings are out; "learning environments" are in. In a recent talk on "Global Shifts in Education," organised by Education Design Architects, architect and planner Prakash Nair spoke on new ways of designing schools that'll be in step with how learning actually happens.
    2013
  • Into the Future:Now, Classrooms without walls or even Desks
  • Hindustan Times

    CUTTING-EDGE LEARNING: International Schools in the city are incorporating education styles more suited to children of today.

    2013
  • Learning Places need to change with time
  • Financial World

    Bipin Bhadran examines how new architectural paradigm helps boost efficacy of schools

    2013
  • Learning moves behind the Classroom
  • DNA by Vinamrata Borwankar
    2012
  • School Excellence conclave
  • Indian Express

    'Quality Education Key to India's growth': CII Experts discuss latest trends at CII's School Excellence Conclave.

    2011
  • The Classroom Is Obsolete: It’s Time for Something New
  • 29th July 2011, By Prakash Nair The overwhelming majority of the nearly 76 million students in America’s schools and colleges spend most of the academic day in classrooms. That’s a problem because the classroom has been obsolete for several decades. That’s not just my opinion. It’s established science. Click here to download the full article
    2009
  • Prakash Nair – Transforming India’s Education Landscape
  • U.S. based Fielding Nair International’s President, Prakash Nair, has a passion to create innovative 21st century learning environments all around the world. Addressing a group of academic heavyweights recently at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai, Nair’s 60-minute lecture on “Learning by Design in the Creative Age”, which centered on how educational environments can be transformed to induce creative and critical thinking, wowed the 54-strong audience.

    “Education World Magazine” features an article and interview with Prakash Nair regarding FNI’s long-term commitment in the design of 100′s of schools in India over the next 5 years. “This is my way to give back to India,” says Nai

    2009
  • FNI’s Senior Designer, Mariana Boctor, featured in “Cocotte Design”: Designing the NextGen Schools — Just Like Home
  • “Cocotte Design”, an e-based site dedicated to outstanding females in design and interior decor, has chosen Fielding Nair International’s, Mariana Boctor, as their “Star of the Week”. In this informative article, Mariana describes how she is designing next generation schools worldwide that look and feel just like home.
    2009
  • Fielding Nair International: Educating the Masses
  • Minneapolis, Minn.-based Fielding Nair International approaches projects a bit differently than most architectural firms designing for the education sector, Chairman Randall Fielding admits. “The typical way to begin a design project is to listen very well and to take good notes,” he says. “Most architects are great listeners. They will take out a yellow pad and take dozens and dozens of pages of detailed notes about what the client wants. We don’t start there. If Henry Ford asked people in 1905 what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse. Even innovative educators are not necessarily visionary when it comes to the integration of space and learning.” “The idea is you don’t know what you don’t know,” CEO Prakash Nair explains. “We’re trying to get people to tell us what they need and what they want, but we also need to open their eyes to the possibilities. Our process is what we call ‘active listening,’ where we challenge the status quo and get people to focus on real data vs. perception.
    2009
  • Randall Fielding, Prof. Stephen Heppell discuss link between technology and education at the World Innovation Summit for Education in Qatar
  • “School architects and change agents for education, Fielding Nair International’s chairman Randall Fielding stressed the necessity for schools to have sustainable design. “Daylight, natural ventilation, and indoor-outdoor connections should be the key elements,” he explained while observing that most of the new higher education buildings “are built on the wrong idea.” “These structures end up as spectacular buildings by star architects, from the public relations point of view,” Fielding said. Heppell.net CEO professor Stephen Heppell said that if 20th century saw building big things for people, 21st century helps people to help themselves through communication technology. “The 20th century was an era of global conflict, whereas the 21st century is the age of learning,” he added. ”
    2009
  • FNI to partner with India’s Yash Birla Group in a venture that will develop 300+ new schools
  • “The 3,000-crore Yash Birla Group has earmarked Rs 500 crore in the next three years to establish nearly 350 educational institutions for students and teachers through the group company, Birla Edutech. This will comprise around 200 pre-schools, over 100 K-to-12 schools, 15 super-speciality colleges, and 20 teacher training institutes, the Group Chairman, Mr Yash Birla, said at a press meet here on Wednesday… ..Birla Edutech has tied up with Fielding Nair International (FNI), a company that designs school facilities. ”
    Other sources:
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    2009
  • Designing Schools for 21st Century Learners
  • The Mobile Learning Institute’s film series “A 21st Century Education” profiles individuals who embrace and defend fresh approaches to learning and who confront the urgent social challenges that are part of a 21st century experience. “A 21st Century Education” compiles, in short film format, the best ideas around school reform. The series is meant to start, extend, or nudge the conversation about how to make change in education happen. In this film, architect Randall Fielding demonstrates the connection between where and how students learn in the 21st century.
    2009
  • Don’t Just Rebuild Schools—Reinvent Them
  • Education Week, Vol. 28, Issue 28, (8 April) Pages 24-25 Download PDF “If we simply repair broken structures, we will ignore the real problems with American education while giving renewed life to a model of teaching and learning that has been obsolete since the end of the industrial era.”
    2009
  • Randy Fielding interview podcast on Phorecast
  • Randy Fielding was interviewed by Swedish consulting firm Phorecast for a podcast on FNI’s educational philosophy, including some of Randy’s own techniques for maintaining creativity in his design studio… from exercise equipment to reindeer antlers! He discusses some of FNI’s innovations in challenging and exciting schools around the globe, and reflects on how FNI’s philosophy is viewed by both supporters and critics.
    2009
  • The class of 2009
  • Geelong Independent, Victoria, January 2009

    Torquay College in Victoria, Australia, has been designed by John Patrick Architects using the Small Learning Community model. Prakash Nair has been credited as the concept developer.
    2008
  • Porirua College transformed into high-tech learning environment
  • Dominion Post (Advertorial), Wellington, October 2008 Download PDF
    Fielding Nair International FNI was the planning and design consultant for this project — including Te Ara Hou Ala Fou and the forthcoming school rebuild. Some very positive comments from the staff and students: "The kids are different — being kind to each other — and have a different attitude to their learning."
    2008
  • Democratic Architecture : The Community Centre Model
  • Anneberg Institute at Brown University, Voices in Urban Education, Spring 2008 Download PDF
    This paper by Annalise Gehling and Prakash Nair discusses the democratic aspects of an autonomous small learning community with minimal or no classrooms.
    2008
  • Accommodating an Education Revolution: How Victorian schools are re-organising for the 21st Century
  • Australian Education Union (Victoria), Professional Voice, Vol. 5 Issue 3, 2008 Download PDF
    This paper by Annalise Gehling and Prakash Nair describes some of the key elements of several new school campuses in Victoria, Australia.
    2008
  • School Open to Change: Design changes and new teaching methods bring enlightenment to Hillel School
  • Carrollwood News & Tribune, 27 August 2008 Download PDF
    “When students returned to the school last week, they discovered light-filled classrooms, places to play and cozy study nooks. Teachers are planning time for outdoor learning, and parents may find themselves staying at Hillel to chat rather than simply dropping off their children and driving away.”
    2008
  • Classroom Design for Living and Learning with Autism
  • Autism Asperger’s Digest, May/June 2008
    “Eight design standards and solutions gathered from interviews with people most directly affected by autism - parents, teachers, and therapists, as well as college students and adults with autism.”
    2008
  • Prakash Nair’s Keynote Presentation to Key Biscayne’s community stakeholders
  • Click here to see youtube Videos of Prakash Nair’s Keynote Presentation to Key Biscayne’s community stakeholders as they plan the first new Municipal Charter High School within this Island Paradise near Miami Beach, Florida. Presentation is titled: Best Practices in Education and Facilities Design:
    2006
  • Education 2020 : From Knowledge to Wisdom (Full Video of Keynote address)
  •  Baruch College Teaching and Technology Conference, 26 April 2006
    Prakash Nair discusses the future of education and educational technology in the keynote address to the 2006 Baruch College Teaching and Technology Conference, City University of New York.
    2008
  • Visions of a Brave New Washington: Contest Shows the D.C. of 2108 Salvaging Decay For New Modes of Harnessing Water, Food, Energy
  • Washington Post, 16 January 2008
    FNI Senior Planning Consultant Isaac Williams leads the team of faculty and students from University of Maryland, winners of the IBM Innovation Engineering Award at the History Channel/IBM/Infiniti “City of the Future” competition at Union Station, Washington DC.
    2008
  • Washington and Virginia Schools to Receive 2008 Architectural Awards from AASA
  • US Fed News, 4 January 2008 Download PDF
    FNI wins a citation award for design of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center, Minneapolis.
    2008
  • Schools for the Future : Design Proposals from Architectural Psychology
  • (To be published by Hogrefe & Huber in 2008)
    Jeffery Lackney has contributed Chapter 6, A Design Language for Schools and Learning Communities to this international publication.
    2008
  • Local education gets attention
  • Cayman Net News, Cayman Islands, 2 January 2008
    ‘Celebrated international name in education’, Prakash Nair, credited in Cayman Islands’ presentation in London at the prestigious World Ministerial Seminar on Technology in Education.
    2007
  • Friends share mission of advocating for quality education
  • Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, MN, 26 December 2007 Download PDF
    FNI Associate Tiffany Green speaks about her twin roles with FNI and the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) in Minneapolis.
    2007
  • Worldwide Forecast 2008: Asia, Eastern Europe to See Heavy Investment in Educational Facilities
  • CEFPI e-News, December 2007
    Randy Fielding consulted on worldwide school building trends.
    2007
  • Spaces for Learning
  • Architecture Australia, September/October 2007
    Prakash Nair listed as a partner in Victorian Government’s ‘vast’ education facilities investment program.
    Cayman Islands Ministry Blog
    “Not education as usual — History in the making as the Cayman Islands take a holistic approach to the transformation of its entire government education system and blaze the trail towards building the ultimate 21st century learning spaces.”
    2007
  • $122 million would revamp Middletown schools
  • The Providence Journal, RI, 21 November 2007Download PDF
    FNI makes recommendations for Rhode Island district’s schools: “The plan, while certainly expensive, would be more beneficial to modern learning and more cost-effective than remodeling the district’s aging school buildings (to the tune of $108 million)”.
    2007
  • 1 campus, at last, for Duke School
  • The Herald-Sun, NC, 17 October 2007 Download PDF
    "We think the facilities are pretty cutting-edge,’ said Dave Michaelman, the head of the school.”
    2007
  • A Comfortable Truth
  • Edutopia Magazine, April 2007
    Randy Fielding and Prakash Nair advocate an ergonomic, humanistic approach to the design of learning spaces.
    2007
  • A Comfortable Truth: School buildings and healthy learning
  • 7 May 2007
    The Healthy Schools Campaign gives Randy Fielding and Prakash Nair’s article, A Comfortable Truth, the thumbs up.
    2007
  • Traditional buildings inspire new schools’ architecture
  • Cayman Net News, Cayman Islands, 19 March 2007
    The Cayman schools’ design team studied the local shapes, sounds and traditions for reflection in their world-leading designs.
    2007
  • Award-winning school planners promise world-class design
  • Kapi Mana News, New Zealand, March 2007 Download PDF
    FNI worked with the Porirua College community to envision the spaces that would best support students for the 21st Century.
    2006
  • “Building Futures” Interview with Prakash Nair
  • Audio Transcript (PDF)

    An in-depth discussion of the basic principles of 21st Century school design with Prakash Nair.
    Department of Education, Victoria, Australia, 2006
    Audio Transcript (PDF)

    An in-depth discussion of the basic principles of 21st Century school design with Prakash Nair.
    2006
  • Minister heralds change for education at annual conference
  • Cayman Net News, Cayman Islands, 4 December 2006
    “I believe that the work we are undertaking to transform our education system is to produce students and young adults, allowing them to emerge more and more as empowered, self-positioned, motivated, capable individuals, able to hold their own in the global market place,“ — The Hon. Alden McLaughlin, Cayman Islands Minister for Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports and Culture.
    2006
  • Education stakeholders to gather for another conference
  • Cayman Net News, Cayman Islands, 24 November 2006
    Prakash Nair, “a globally acclaimed change agent for the enhancement of teaching and learning through improved school design, ” is one of the keynote speakers at a conference on the future of education in the Cayman Islands.
    2006
  • New primary school planned for George Town
  • Cayman Net News, Cayman Islands, 24 November 2006
    “With the major cost implications of the planned new facilities, it is essential that we seek world class advice and get it right. There is no second chance,” — The Hon. Alden McLaughlin, Cayman Islands Minister for Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports and Culture.
    2006
  • New ideas for old-school school
  • Kingborough Times, Australia, 12 November 2006 Download PDF
    INTERNATIONAL school design expert Prakash Nair met with students, staff and key community representatives in Kingston this month to discuss its $30 million new high school.
    2006
  • Designing Healthy Schools Our Children Deserve
  • School Planning and Management, 1 November 2006 Download PDF
    A discussion of knee-jerk and constructive responses to anti-social student behaviour, by Jeff Lackney and Christian Long.
    2006
  • US firm hired as architects for three new public schools
  • Cayman Net News, Cayman Islands, 24 October 2006
    Announcement of design team for 3 new public high schools on Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
    2006
  • Randall Fielding interviewed on Charlotte radio
  • The American Institute of Architects had a symposium in late September 2006 to improve the quality of schools in Charlotte. Randy is interviewed along with Harvey Gantt, former Charlotte Mayor.
    2006
  • Randall Fielding interviewed on WCCO radio: “Human Rights and Design for Learning”
  • The American Institute of Architects had a symposium in late September 2006 to improve the quality of schools in Charlotte. Randy is interviewed along with Harvey Gantt, former Charlotte Mayor.
    2006
  • New School Design
  • Blog for TheThinkingCurriculum.com, Australia, 6 September 2006
    A reflection on Prakash Nair‘s presentations regarding new schools in Bendigo, Australia.
    2006
  • Building boon
  • The Age, Australia, 28 August 2006 Download PDF
    Jeff Lackney, Prakash Nair and Randy Fielding all mentioned in article on recently-developed and in-planning respectful spaces in Victorian high schools.
    2006
  • Proposal to build world-class education and community facilities in Vines Road
  • City of Greater Geelong, Australia, 8 August 2006
    “Apart from the obvious benefits to local students, this innovative concept would mean the wider community would have access to the very latest facilities including a new library, performing arts and recreation facilities and learning areas” Kildare Ward Councillor Stretch Kontelj.>
    2006
  • Getting beyond the School as Temple
  • Edutopia Magazine, July 2006
    A discussion of two community-centric approaches to school design: the ‘Community Learning Center’ and ‘Community as School’ models
    2006
  • Learning by Liberation
  • The Hobart Mercury, Australia, 21 July 2006 Download PDF
    On Reece High School, the design of which won Prakash Nair the McConnell Award for school planning: ‘The school is now protected by something proving far stronger than razor wire: pride. Since the opening of the rebuilt $10 million school in 2003, there has been very little vandalism.’
    2006
  • Master Classroom: Designs inspired by creative minds
  • Edutopia, June 2006
    Randy Fielding, Prakash Nair and Jeff Lackney introduce several new design solutions for student-centred teaching and learning
    2006
  • What They See is What We Get: Ten myths about lighting and color in schools
  • Edutopia, June 2006
    Randy Fielding, Prakash Nair and Jeff Lackney introduce several new design solutions for student-centred teaching and learning
    2006
  • Knowledge Gap in School Building Design
  • Place, Australia, April 2006
    Discussion of school building design in Australian architectural magazine; mentions Prakash Nair as international expert
    2006
  • Learning to the Max
  • The Age, Australia, 27 February 2006 Download PDF
    Prakash Nair’s work referenced in discussion of larger, non-traditional settings in Victorian schools.
    2005
  • Small is Big
  • Edutopia, November 2005
    Randall Fielding and Prakash Nair introduce the concept of the Small Learning Community
    2005
  • Putting Facilities into Words
  • Planning and Management, 1 August 2005 Download PDF
    2005
  • Tassie urged to make classrooms enjoyable
  • The Hobart Mercury, Australia, 22 April 2005
    2005
  • Tasmania commended on learning system
  • ABC News Online, Australia, 21 April 2005
    2005
  • Learn the fun way
  • The Hindu, India, 4 March 2005
    Prakash Nair applauds Thiruvananthapuram (India) school
    2004
  • Education’s Radical Idea: Child-Centric Schools
  • Nation’s Cities Weekly, 29 March 2004
    “So many new schools look alike, asserts Prakash Nair, international school building consultant and architect, because we continue to ‘warehouse’ children with too little thought to how the design will impact student learning.”
    2003
  • Workshop focuses on education
  • The Daily Targum (Rutgers), NJ, 5 November 2003
    Jeff Lackney and Prakash Nair present at workshop ‘focused on education reform, design and redesign issues facing American schools today.’
    2003
  • Schools of the Future
  • ABC 936 Hobart (radio), Australia, 29 April 2003
    “In the same way the rest of the world has changed, education is finally catching up,” Prakash told 936 Drive Presenter Anthony Frangi.
    2002
  • Tasmania leads world in approach to teaching
  • ABC 936 Hobart (radio), Australia, 2 October 2002
    Speaking to Annie Warburton on 936 ABC Hobart’s Afternoon show, Prakash Nair said Tasmania’s teaching and assessment strategies are decided after looking at the concept of schools and learning, while most other places start with assessment or test scores, “and then back their way into learning and teaching.”
    2002
  • International Conference on Schools of the Future
  • University of Western Australia, 20 May 2002
    “Dr Lackney will discuss the relationship between educational environments and educational outcomes. Prakash Nair will lead an interactive workshop session on Thursday morning on designing schools for 21st Century Learning.”
    2001
  • Sunny addition nicely blends Yeshiva school with neighborhood
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WI,, 26 November 2001 Download PDF
    On Randy Fielding’s design: “In the play area below, little boys in yarmulkes tumble down a curvy, bright blue slide, shrieking with delight… A lot of architects would kill for raves like that.”
    2001
  • Architects hear the benefits of the future’s classrooms
  • Grand Rapids Business Journal, 15 October 2001 Download PDF
    A presentation by Jeff Lackney, who “consults nationally as an educational facility planner, advocating innovative, vision driven approaches to education.”
    2012
    2009
  • Prakash Nair – Transforming India’s Education Landscape
  • U.S. based Fielding Nair International’s President, Prakash Nair, has a passion to create innovative 21st century learning environments all around the world. Addressing a group of academic heavyweights recently at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai, Nair’s 60-minute lecture on “Learning by Design in the Creative Age”, which centered on how educational environments can be transformed to induce creative and critical thinking, wowed the 54-strong audience.

    “Education World Magazine” features an article and interview with Prakash Nair regarding FNI’s long-term commitment in the design of 100′s of schools in India over the next 5 years. “This is my way to give back to India,” says Nai

  • Prakash Nair – Transforming India’s Education Landscape
  • U.S. based Fielding Nair International’s President, Prakash Nair, has a passion to create innovative 21st century learning environments all around the world. Addressing a group of academic heavyweights recently at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai, Nair’s 60-minute lecture on “Learning by Design in the Creative Age”, which centered on how educational environments can be transformed to induce creative and critical thinking, wowed the 54-strong audience.

    “Education World Magazine” features an article and interview with Prakash Nair regarding FNI’s long-term commitment in the design of 100′s of schools in India over the next 5 years. “This is my way to give back to India,” says Nai

  • Don’t Just Rebuild Schools—Reinvent Them
  • Education Week, Vol. 28, Issue 28, (8 April) Pages 24-25 Download PDF “If we simply repair broken structures, we will ignore the real problems with American education while giving renewed life to a model of teaching and learning that has been obsolete since the end of the industrial era.”
  • Don’t Just Rebuild Schools—Reinvent Them
  • Education Week, Vol. 28, Issue 28, (8 April) Pages 24-25 Download PDF “If we simply repair broken structures, we will ignore the real problems with American education while giving renewed life to a model of teaching and learning that has been obsolete since the end of the industrial era.”
    2008
  • Porirua College transformed into high-tech learning environment
  • Dominion Post (Advertorial), Wellington, October 2008 Download PDF
    Fielding Nair International FNI was the planning and design consultant for this project — including Te Ara Hou Ala Fou and the forthcoming school rebuild. Some very positive comments from the staff and students: "The kids are different — being kind to each other — and have a different attitude to their learning."
  • Porirua College transformed into high-tech learning environment
  • Dominion Post (Advertorial), Wellington, October 2008 Download PDF
    Fielding Nair International FNI was the planning and design consultant for this project — including Te Ara Hou Ala Fou and the forthcoming school rebuild. Some very positive comments from the staff and students: "The kids are different — being kind to each other — and have a different attitude to their learning."
  • Prakash Nair’s Keynote Presentation to Key Biscayne’s community stakeholders
  • Click here to see youtube Videos of Prakash Nair’s Keynote Presentation to Key Biscayne’s community stakeholders as they plan the first new Municipal Charter High School within this Island Paradise near Miami Beach, Florida. Presentation is titled: Best Practices in Education and Facilities Design:
  • Prakash Nair’s Keynote Presentation to Key Biscayne’s community stakeholders
  • Click here to see youtube Videos of Prakash Nair’s Keynote Presentation to Key Biscayne’s community stakeholders as they plan the first new Municipal Charter High School within this Island Paradise near Miami Beach, Florida. Presentation is titled: Best Practices in Education and Facilities Design:
    2007
    2006
  • “Building Futures” Interview with Prakash Nair
  • Audio Transcript (PDF)

    An in-depth discussion of the basic principles of 21st Century school design with Prakash Nair.
    Department of Education, Victoria, Australia, 2006
    Audio Transcript (PDF)

    An in-depth discussion of the basic principles of 21st Century school design with Prakash Nair.
  • “Building Futures” Interview with Prakash Nair
  • Audio Transcript (PDF)

    An in-depth discussion of the basic principles of 21st Century school design with Prakash Nair.
    Department of Education, Victoria, Australia, 2006
    Audio Transcript (PDF)

    An in-depth discussion of the basic principles of 21st Century school design with Prakash Nair.
    2001
  • Sunny addition nicely blends Yeshiva school with neighborhood
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WI,, 26 November 2001 Download PDF
    On Randy Fielding’s design: “In the play area below, little boys in yarmulkes tumble down a curvy, bright blue slide, shrieking with delight… A lot of architects would kill for raves like that.”
  • Sunny addition nicely blends Yeshiva school with neighborhood
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WI,, 26 November 2001 Download PDF
    On Randy Fielding’s design: “In the play area below, little boys in yarmulkes tumble down a curvy, bright blue slide, shrieking with delight… A lot of architects would kill for raves like that.”