Randall Fielding, AIA, is the Chairman and Founding Partner of Fielding Nair International, LLC (FNI), an award-winning school planning and design firm with offices in Minneapolis, Tampa, Madison and Melbourne, Australia. The firm has consultations in 23 states around the U.S. and 26 countries. Randy oversees FNI’s primary mission to improve learning by serving as a world leader in the creation of new and renovated educational campuses that are in consonance with best practice and research.
Randy’s achievements have earned him more than a dozen design awards from the American Institute of Architects, The Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), the American Association of School Administrators, and School Planning and Management Magazine. He is internationally recognized as an authority on innovative school design and received the CEFPI Planner of the Year Award in 2007 — the most prestigious honor of any individual in the field of educational design. He has been selected to serve as an architect, consultant, presenter and/or keynote speaker in Australia, Azerbaijan, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Finland, Great Britain, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, The Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States.
One of Randy’s “signatures” is his ability to come down off of the podium, sharing ideas with heads of state, educators, and children with equal passion. This spirit of sharing extends to two million people each year, through DesignShare.com, an online forum for innovative learning environments that Randy founded in 1998. He continues to serve as DesignShare’s editorial director, but the focus of his work is to lead communities in the design of environmentally responsive campuses that foster personalized learning and strong connections to the community.
Randy’s design work leverages more than 500 case studies from 30 countries — the largest library of innovative school designs in the world. The interactive planning and design process pioneered by FNI is also grounded in a seminal book that Randy co-authored with Prakash Nair, entitled The Language of School Design. The book establishes key learning modalities for success in the post-information society, and provides a series of design patterns to support these modalities. Randy uses the design patterns as a tool in evaluating existing and proposed facilities, and as a launching point for developing customized solutions for each individual community, campus, school or district that he works with.
In addition to serving as a lead design architect, teamwork underpins all of Randy’s work, which takes him around the world to collaborate with public and private institutions, educators, developers, and local architects. Whether it’s a high school near ground zero in New York City, a series of vocational schools for the tsunami-damaged areas of Sri Lanka, a school for at-risk students in Minneapolis, a K-12 campus in Indonesia, or a college preparatory school in Switzerland, he finds more commonalties in each community than differences.
Contact Randall Fielding at Randy@educationdesign.in.
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Prakash Nair is a futurist, a visionary planner and architect with Fielding Nair International, one of the world’s leading change agents in school design. He is also the Managing Editor of DesignShare.com which attracts over one million visitors each year. He is the recipient of several international awards including the prestigious CEFPI MacConnell Award, the top honor worldwide for school design.
He has written extensively in leading international journals about school design and educational technology and their connection to established educational research. He is also the author of two guidebooks on school planning including the landmark 2005 publication, The Language of School Design which he co-authored with his partner Randall Fielding.
Prior to co-founding Fielding Nair International, Prakash worked for 10 years as Director of Operations for a multi-billion dollar school construction program for New York City.
In 2003, Prakash completed a project with the University of Wisconsin on a Rockefeller Foundation-funded grant to develop international best practice standards for tomorrow’s schools. He also led the effort to develop a new research-based tool to evaluate the educational effectiveness of schools. This tool, now being tested by schools and governments in the United States, Australia and Singapore will revolutionize the way we look at how school buildings and campuses actually work to support teaching and learning.
Prakash has served as the Northeast Regional President of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International and serves on the ICOPE Task Force — New York City’s Independent Commission on Public Education.
FNI has serviced projects in 26 countries on 5 continents. Prakash has served as the Managing Principal, school planning and design consultant, presenter and/or keynote speaker for clients in Australia (five states), Canada, Finland, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Qatar, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, The Netherlands, Spain, U.A.E., U.K. and the United States.
By staying current with the research as well as national and international social, economic and cultural trends, Prakash is always able to bring best practice thinking from many disciplines and fields to bear on education-related problems and projects. This approach has helped education clients save millions of dollars while still achieving or exceeding their schedule and quality expectations.
Prakash’s signature talent lies in his ability to communicate his passion for a new approach to education across the globe. He has consistently built strong partnerships with local firms, helped client communities visualize their future, built consensus for uniquely tailored solutions, and helped execute them successfully. Contact Prakash Nair at
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Yatin is actively involved from the Conceptual Planning in a project to the Final execution of designs on Interior projects along with co-ordination with service consultants & contractors. As Founder & Principal Architect and Director of DSP Design Associates, he oversees all projects being designed and executed by the firm. He is a member of the Council of Architecture, Indian Institute of Architects & Indian Institute of Interior Designers. He has also been presented with the following honours:
- Presented with Indira Gandhi Sadbhavna Award for Contribution towards Society by Mr. Sushil Kumar Shinde (Governor of Andhra Pradesh) for the year 2003-2004.
- Presented with The Economic Times Acetech Award (2009) as Leaders of Indian Infrastructure and Construction.
- Presented with International Gold Star Award for Excellence in Design by International Economic Forum
- Presented with Bhartiya Udyog Ratna Award by National Education & Human Resource Development Organization
- Presented with The Style Icon Award 2007 for Best Commercial Office Spaces, Interior Design by The Nerolac Style Icon Award 2007 for the year 2006-2007
Bimal is actively involved in the development of DSP Design’s business, pan India and Internationally. He is extensively involved in the strategic planning of DSP Design’s business expansion in the architecture related industry. Since inception of the company he has been involved into carrying out several prestigious projects both in Architecture and Interior Design and has contributed toward making DSP Design Associate Pvt. Ltd a name synonymous with innovative and intelligent designs. He has contributed to make DSP Design a reputed Architecture and Interior Design company with offices in six cities across India and now expanding internationally. As director he is engages himself laying down directions for the company’s work in the field of architecture and Interior Design and contributing towards society as a responsible professional. As an architect Bimal is actively promoting sustainable architecture and that designs does not perceive Sustainable Development as a challenge but more as a concentrated effort to contribute towards more environmentally friendly design solutions. Few awards & recognitions Bimal has been bestowed with are
- Recognized by International “Who’s Who of Professional” for outstanding contribution in the field of Architecture & Interior Design.
- Presented with Best Commercial Structure Award by American Council Institute for the year 2004-2005 for the ‘I-Flex Solutions’ campus, Bangalore.
- Presented with International Gold Star Award for Excellence in Design by International Economic Forum
- Presented with The Style Icon Award 2007 for Best Commercial Office Spaces, Interior Design by The Nerolac Style Icon Award 2007 for the year 2006-2007
Mehul Shah is actively involved in the development of DSP Design’s business, pan India and Internationally. Is extensively involved in the strategic planning of DSP Design’s business expansion in the architecture related industry. Since inception of the company he has been involved into carrying out several prestigious projects both in Architecture and Interior Design and has contributed toward making DSP Design Associate Pvt. Ltd a name synonymous with innovative and intelligent designs. Has contributed to make DSP Design a reputed Architecture and Interior Design company with offices in six cities across India and now expanding internationally. As Director, he is actively involved in laying down directions for the company’s work in the field of architecture and Interior Design and contributing towards society as a responsible professional. Mehul is a recipient of The Economic Times Acetech Award (2009) as Leaders of Indian Infrastructure and Construction.
Contact Mehul Shah at Mehul@educationdesign.in.
Bipin serves as the Chief Operating Officer for EDA apart from being one among the Directors of the company. He heads the pan-India operations & management of the organization and is based at the Bangalore headquarters of EDA. He brings with him significant experience in managing business enterprises from diverse industries. EDA benefits from his expertise in commercial operations, professional & process oriented approach in administering several portfolios and departments in the firm.
He was associated with the education industry from a very young age providing end to end human resource solutions acting as a representative in India for the Ministry of Education, Rep. of Maldives. He was responsible for recruitment, selection and providing curriculum awareness to secondary school teachers. He was also associated with the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, serving as India Events Manager for all education promotion and marketing activities conducted by several private and public Malaysian universities. He organized road shows and exhibition events in various cities across India. During the same period, he also undertook a market research project in India to analyze student behavior in considering overseas higher education, which provided a platform for assessing the effectiveness of marketing scheme adopted by Malaysian universities for the Indian marketplace.
After being based in UK for a while as a Consultant and associate for EDA’s parent firm Fielding Nair International, he was handpicked to setup EDA from scratch and spearhead operations across six cities in India. He is responsible for overseeing the design quality from an educational perspective, ensuring it is in sync with the latest global trends and abiding by the firm’s core philosophy of creating high performance learning environments for the 21st century. Working closely with the promoter organizations, he continues to drive the company professionally and ensures a high quality of service to clients. Acting as the primary point of contact for EDA, he has been able to convey the organization’s unique philosophy and outlook to clients in the region. Bipin holds his first degree in Computer Science & Engineering and also an MBA from the Leeds University Business School, UK.
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Jay J. Litman, AIA has a deep understanding and appreciation of the educational challenges facing both children and adults within the learning environment. His 30-years of professional experience has focused primarily on the planning and design of educational facilities for children, university facilities, public libraries, institutional projects and the reuse and rehabilitation of historic structures. His project background also extends to urban and campus planning.
He is deeply involved in the emerging theories of project-based, collaborative learning that is reshaping the language of school design. His evolution towards a project-based, collaborative educational model grew from his personal interest in the education of hearing impaired children using an “inclusion” model. The emerging theories of the time mandated fundamental changes in the design of the classroom environment such as; learning in smaller groups, working collaboratively on project based assignments, creating multiple modes of learning within one classroom as well as paying attention to acoustics and lighting. It became immediately apparent that the current 100-year old factory model for public education was highly resistant to change at the most fundamental levels.
Jay focused first on changing the model through design intervention by studying and improving acoustics, lighting and adjustments to the configuration of the classroom. In the design of new schools he utilized the “House Plan” model that created small learning communities of 100-students around a cluster of classrooms and labs. He is a founding member of the Rhode Island Chapter of the A. G. Bell Association for the Hearing Impaired and was involved on the RI Department of Education’s “Oral Education Task Force” in development of the “Rhode Island Strategic Plan for Children who are deaf or Hard of Hearing”
As Senior Planning Consultant and Architect with FNI, Jay advocates a workshop driven approach for the design of new schools and community campuses both in the United States and internationally. Jay is known for his “roll up the sleeves” approach in working directly with client and stakeholder groups in an interactive manner through drawings and discussions to conceive and develop design concepts right in front of the group.
Jay is presently working on a public school Master Plan for Middletown, Rhode Island where the FNI team has recommended consolidation of their current aged facilities into a lower school and an upper school campus through the radical rehabilitation of older school structures combined with new construction. In Serpong, Indonesia Jay is involved in the design of a new 1,400 student campus for a private academy (K-12), coordinating the FNI team on the design of nine distinct buildings including six Small Learning Communities a Global Learning Center, Design Arts Technology facility and a Health and Fitness Complex.
Jay also has a unique specialization in the planning and design of public and academic libraries. In his career he has designed over sixteen public and university library projects. His design for the Warwick Public Library represented a radical departure from the accepted design template for a large public library. The Library is anchored around a linear spine or promenade that links a private cafe, public meeting spaces, an outdoor garden and various library departments, much like an open mall. The high level of public acceptance and use (over 500,000 visits per year and increasing), out of town use, and visits from other library planning groups is a testament to the library’s success. Jay has presented papers on Library design at various conferences over the years including the “The Beauty Thing” and “Renovating the Small Public Library” at annual meetings of the New England Library Association. He has been a featured speaker at the Art Librarians Association of New England and he is a long standing member of the State Library Board of Rhode Island.
The approach to collaborative, project based learning and best practices of modern library design have recently come together in an FNI pilot project for Middletown, RI with a radical redesign of the Gaudet Middle School Library. The new design will expand the library’s ability to support many modalities of learning in a project based, collaborative atmosphere. Even the design of the book stacks is uniquely configured to accommodate cave type spaces for small group interaction. The new Library will offer multiple environments for classroom groups as well as a quiet refuge for individuals. Since furniture for this type of collaborative interaction does not exist, Jay developed prototypical designs to accommodate the expanded educational requirements. The new Gaudet Middle School Library will enable the teachers to fulfill the 21st century mission of a school library, which is to teach children how to search for and recognize reliable, quality information from available global databases and to teach students how to collaborate effectively.
Prior to joining FNI Jay owned and managed a small 10-person practice that focused on Historic Preservation, Libraries and Schools. In 1995 Jay merged his firm with a large, regional multi-disciplined A/E practice where he served as Associate Director of Architecture. Jay secured and designed projects for many educational and institutional clients such as the University of Rhode Island, Brown University and the Acela program for Amtrak as well as several multiple school public school and public library projects. Notable projects included the Coastal Policy Institute at URI, the Warwick Public Library, and several middle and elementary schools. In late 1998 Jay left the A/E firm to help open and grow the Providence office of another Architecture practice from a staff of three to twenty-one professionals. As Senior Associate he marketed, secured, designed and managed a wide variety of institutional and academic clients. Key projects at this firm included the new Jesse M. Smith Library, the redesign of the Newport Public Library, Club Acela for Amtrak, and the award winning Hotel Providence and Temple Habonim.
After receiving his professional degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design Mr. Litman worked for Mitchell/Giurgola Architects in New York City, Graham Gund in Cambridge, MA and Earl Flansburgh and Graham/Meus in Boston, MA. Notable project experience included the East Campus Master Plan for MIT, The Health Services & Technology Management laboratories at MIT, the Friuli Elementray School in Aviano, Italy, and the Boston Museum School. Jay served as project architect for the Emerson College Library and their Performing Arts School.
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Rajesh brings over a decade’s experience in handling projects of various scale across India. His education portfolio remains rich and notable after having served as project architect and lead for some popular institutions namely Indus International School , National Public School & New Horizon School in Bangalore, Dhruva Academy in Pune, India International School at Jaipur, Asian School of Business in Trivandrum and a Higher education campus in Mysore, amongst others. Rajesh believes that a positive & energetic learning environment has the potential to bring out hidden talent & abilities. Hence the key challenge for designers is to create such rich environments not only within the buildings but also in the entire campus. Without compromising on the design intent, it is essential to optimize utilization of spaces to achieve better returns on investment. Rajesh is actively leading a team of architects from conceptual planning stage to the final execution of project at site coordinating with clients, engineering consultants, contractors & other project partners. He oversees the targets set for the team from Program Analysis to Detailed drawings including as built drawings for a number of projects being managed by EDA.
Mugdha works as a Team Lead for EDA. Prior to joining EDA, she worked as a green building consultant for a reputed firm in Bangalore conducting audits, feasibility studies and implementation of cost efficient green building strategies. She started her career in California with an architectural practise that specializes in sustainable architecture, where she got exposed to the green building industry, developed a deep understand & liking for it. She is experienced in educational and residential architecture as well as master and site planning. Mugdha has a Masters in Architecture from the University of Colorado, Denver, USA and a Bachelors in Architecture from University of Pune, India. She has worked on several LEED certified buildings and is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED –AP).
Vision, energy and a high level of design and technical expertise characterizes Michael’s 20 year career. The combination of these qualities has led to accomplishments with complex projects in a wide range of environments. These diverse experiences have exposed him to international approaches to educational architecture and master planning. Michael’s work has required him to communicate effectively within all stages of a project, serving not only as an architect but also cultural theorist, liaison, and educator. Most importantly, his working partnerships lead to projects success and client satisfaction.
With an extensive educational background ranging from Universiteit v. Amsterdam to Princeton University, Michael holds advanced degrees in architecture and a PhD in Environmental Psychology. He is a member in The International Union of Architects as well as being an adjunct professor at the Rhode Island School of Design and lecturer for several east coast architectural programs.
Michael’s previous experience range from an engagement with the United States Government renovating American campuses in the Benelux and Asia to designing High-profile projects in Tunisia and Dubai. His recent FNI projects include the North Central Shared Facility and The Regina Trades and Skills Centre, both in Saskatchewan, Canada. The Middletown Public Schools, Forest Avenue Elementary and Gaudet Middle School Pilot Projects in Middletown, Rhode Island, USA. The Leysin American School – Geneva, Switzerland. The Pechersk School International- Master Planning and Architectural Design in Kyiv, Ukraine. And lastly, the award winning Sri Kdu School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Receiving the 2009 Council of Educational Facility Planners International- Project of Distinction.
Mariana Boctor, M. Arch, LEED AP is a Senior Designer and Planner at Fielding Nair International, LLC (FNI), an award-winning school planning and design firm with offices in Minneapolis, Tampa, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Rhode Island, India and Australia. Mariana has designed and planned several schools since the first one she worked on in Los Angeles- Cahuenga Elementary School, which was a LEED and CHPS (California High Performance School Design Guidelines) pilot project. This school was the first LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District) CHPS pilot project, with an extra budget allocated for research on sustainable design for schools. This experience inspired her to earn her LEED credentials the first year it was offered in 2002. She has since collaborated on the design of several LEED certified school projects for 21st century learning.
Other schools she has designed collaboratively with her teams at FNI include: one of the top IB schools in the world- International School of Brussels (campus master plan for Grades 1-12 with new Arts Center and Athletics Center buildings), F.H. Collins High School in the Yukon Territories of Canada and Regina Public Elementary Schools in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Mariana grew up in South America in several countries attending IB International Schools and had the opportunity to contrast these wonderful learning spaces to California’s cells and bells 70’s public schools when she moved to a San Francisco Bay Area suburb. This experience of traveling and seeing the contrasts in schools and classmates behaviors led her to understand the effect good design can have on a child’s facility to learn. Mariana works in all phases of the design process, from facilitating design charrette and LEED workshops, to architectural and interior design. She works with clients to help them feel comfortable voicing their hopes and fears, while sketching and expanding their visions to set the groundwork for a collaborative relationship to create schools reflecting their school’s teaching paradigm and local ethos.
Mariana graduated from the Department of Psychology at UC Berkeley with a minor from the Department of Architecture in Social, Cultural and Psychological Factors in Architecture. She graduated from the Master’s Program at UCLA in the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning. Many of her experimental design build projects in Los Angeles were published in books, home design magazines as well as the NY Times and LA Times. Her residential and hospitality design-build skills have transferred to designing schools with home-like environments that pay attention to the details of structure, sustainable design, lighting design, colors, materials and dynamic yet friendly volumes.
As an adjunct professor at Woodbury University in Burbank, and at Parsons New School for Design’s School of Constructed Environments in New York, she has mentored students to help them become confident designers able to develop their concepts in a participatory design process as well as tackle technical issues of detailing by guiding them through hands on design build exercises. The site design and design workshop classes she team taught also challenged students to become innovators of the new global economy by analyzing the environmental fabric their proposed projects would exist in, and invent ways to transform space sustainably.
As an Interior Designer and Educational Planner, Jennifer’s role at FNI allows her to actively participate in all phases of the design process, including: facilitating design and planning workshops, developing Discovery Workbooks and planning materials for clients, produce Interior Design Workbook Guides, space planning and programming, and create 3D renderings and hand sketches for schematic designs. She is passionate about creating healthy and engaging learning environments so that students are uninhibited creatively and academically and inspired for a lifetime of learning. Working closely with the design architects, Jennifer ensures that the interiors function as a 21st century educational space to allow for maximum flexibility and variety with furniture selections and are aesthetically inspiring with interior details, lighting, finishes and color selections.
Jennifer also serves as an Senior Researcher for an innovative research project: Task Furniture for Education (TFE). TFE has involved top designers, furniture manufacturers and ergonomic experts from around the world to develop guidelines for educational furniture that responds to the recent trends in technology, flexibility, and collaboration in today’s schools.
With FNI, she has worked on numerous projects, including: International School of Brussels, International School of Vietnam, Sinarmas World Academy in Indonesia, Medford Elementary Schools, Herchmer Wascana and Arcola Community Schools in Regina, Saskatchewan, North Central Shared Facility and Regina Skills and Trade Center in Regina, Saskatchewan, LAS Almaty in Kazakhstan, LAS Leysin in Switzerland, American Community School of Abu Dhabi, and Georgetown Primary in the Cayman Islands. Most recently she served as a Project Manager for schematic designs for P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School in Gainesville, Florida and Thomas Jefferson High School for Design and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia.
She received her Master of Interior Design degree from the University of Florida’s College of Design, Construction and Planning. Her studies cumulated in a thesis titled “Investing action research as a planning and designing approach: A post- occupancy evaluation of University of Florida College of Law’s Legal Information Center.” She strongly encourages the collaborative process of design by use of action research methodologies. Allowing the stakeholders from the community to be apart of the team-based design process ensures positive outcomes and changes for present and future generations. The ideas that emerge from involving the teachers, parents, administrators, and students lead to creating inspirational learning environments that the community is able to truly take ownership of. She has a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Theater from Skidmore College where she studied in London with the prestigious Shakespeare Programme participating in acting workshops with masters from the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Hema is a Project Architect at EDA. She supports the team with her design documentation and detailing skills and works on both Architectural and Interior Design projects. She also contributes actively to design concepts, presentations and 3D modelling. Hema holds a B.Arch from SIT, Tumkur.
Annalise Gehling is a Melbourne-based teacher, geographer and planner and serves as FNI’s Educational Planning Consultant. Annalise has worked on National School Planning Standards in Abu Dhabi, trained Government Officials on School Facilities Assessment in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, researched and authored a detailed Master Plan of the Cayman Islands’ school environments, acted as chief planner for a school library refurbishment, and played a key role in FNI’s School Planning contracts in the United States, India, Ukraine, Victoria, Malaysia, Tasmania, New Zealand, UAE and the Cayman Islands.
In addition, Annalise has had a number of speaking engagements at regional, national and international events, and has authored papers for The Anneberg Institute at Brown University, British Council for School Environments, Australian Education Union, Edutopia and the School Libraries Association of Victoria.
Annalise’s work with FNI draws upon her recent teaching experiences, big-picture educational philosophy and broad understanding of educational literature. Annalise earned a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Adelaide, Australia, in 2002. Her excellent results in majors of Geography, and Media and Communication showcased her talents as a spatial and linguistic thinker. After working as a graduate in the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Annalise turned to her passion for education and completed a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary and Secondary) at Deakin University.
Annalise is a member of the Australian College of Educators, and also teaches part-time at several Melbourne schools.
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Arati has worked on a variety of projects from villas, apartments, farmhouses, community centers, lake front developments, car showrooms and others since 2004. Later she started exploring landscape architecture in the same palette of projects and experimented in incorporating green design elements in every planning approach. She is a senior architect at EDA and her focus is to implement the green approach in school design. Arati’s keen interest & focus is in creating spaces that are responsive to the outdoors. She believes in incorporating green building elements to bring down costs, improve functionality and create open & vibrant learning spaces through effective planning.
With a work experience of over 6 years Shubhi graduated from school of architecture Indore. Prior EDA she was working in Ahmedabad for Burt Hill Designs, a global architecture and design firm, where she worked on both national and international architecture projects. She has an experience of working on educational, residential, industrial and master planning projects. She posses strong conceptual and detailing skills with her inclination towards sustainable and climate responsive architecture. With EDA she is been actively involved in all phases of architectural planning , design and documentation. She strongly believes in EDA's unique approach & 21st century educational philosophy and tries to implant every bit of it through infrastructure planning, architecture and design.