2020 AAC&U Annual Meeting

Washington, DC

January 22-25, 2020

Small, medium, or large – it’s all active learning
Thursday, January 23 | 2:15pm-3:30pm

The concept of active learning is embedded in teaching pedagogy across a multitude of disciplines and course types, it is not just the SCALE UP classroom model.  When planning for these types of learning environments, what is the impact on square footage?  How do the furniture and technology impact the planning requirements for the space?  And what about training the faculty about the resources and technology in new classrooms?

Exploring a continuum of different spaces sized from 12 students to 300, this session will share lessons learned from the design of learning spaces in the last five years, drawing on construction projects with small, private liberal arts colleges, medical education programs, and large, state universities.


  • Charles Kirby
  • Melissa Burns


Charles Kirby

Charles Kirby, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

Academic Planning & Design

Melissa Burns

Melissa Burns, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Academic Planning & Design

Ann Barolak

Ann Barolak, AIA

Project Executive