"Learning studios help to transform the learning environment. 

No more sitting in the back of the classroom when there's no back of the classroom."

As a Learning Environment Consultant, I specialize in transforming K-12 learning spaces with a holistic approach to integrate learning design with physical space design and digital space design. 

I team directly with the people within a school district wanting to change their traditional learning spaces.

This transformation from 20th to 21st century learning spaces uses a new lexicon to describe the metamorphosis from- 
  1. Classroom to Learning Studio

  2. Library to Learning Commons

  3. Lab to Makerspace
My team-based approach is ideal as I often work with district central office education staff, IT/Ed Tech, Facilities, Procurement and Maintenance staffs.
Douglas G. McIntosh
President, Groupwerk Inc.
My project-based strategy is to accomplish the client's vision through my partnerships with authorized manufacturer vendors, and system integrators with expertise in furniture and technology installations. I'm here to work with you to design and create innovative learning spaces where students and teachers feel safe, nested and motivated to learn together.
"As educators, before we can get into 'collaborative learning,' we first need to talk about 'social and emotional learning' as the heart and soul to student communication and collaboration. As technology has become so ubiquitous in the twenty-first century, many people have come to lean on technology to lead educational systems change. However, we're more encouraged by the growing movement to focus on crafting 'well-being' into learning environments as a social and emotional support for learning. In a word, think of 'cozy' to guide a teacher, librarian, administrator or architect in their design of a learning space or school. Students today, still need the human touch to facilitate their conversations and collaborations as they maturate in both physical and digital learning spaces."  

(from Learning Environment by Design, by Doug McIntosh and Richard Oka)
Project Feature
Wellness Center
Lathrop Intermediate School, Santa Ana Unified School District

The Lathrop Wellness Center is a parent resource center that will provide a number of supports to parents and families for students within the Santa Ana Unified School District. This learning environment has 4 unique learning zones with collaborative and personal spaces. This facility is a springboard project for the District as they plan to have a Wellness Center at all of their 60 schools. 

Below is my furniture floor plan design and check out the complete slideshow. I would like to thank our project integration team including, D&D Resources as the vendor and, ITG as the furniture installers. (Note - We were not part of the AV integration on this project.)
Video Feature
TreoBytes is a non-profit organization that makes technology accessible to kids, especially those in underprivileged areas. Their work promotes creative problem solving, and design concepts that allow kids to become more comfortable with technology. Students develop and learn the basics of programming, social media and STEAM projects in a team environment. 

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