2017 Early Childhood Design Institute, Architecture and Landscape Architecture for Early Childhood

Wednesday, 2 August 2017 - Saturday, 5 August 2017


This intensive, three–day workshop provides practitioners with state– of–the–art, evidence-based design thinking for indoor/outdoor educational spaces for young children. Visits to best practice demonstration sites, applied theory, evaluation tools, and hands-on application will help participants think critically and creatively in implementing best practice design strategies serving young children in childcare centers, museums, public gardens, parks, etc.

Wednesday evening, August 2nd - Saturday afternoon, August 5th, 2017

College of Design, NC State University, Raleigh, NC


Registration closes July 26th

Lead faculty

Michael Lindstrom, AIA, (co-founder, Harvard Childcare Design Institute), studioMLA Architects, Brookline, MA.

Robin Moore, Dipl.Arch, MCP, Hon. ASLA, Natural Learning Initiative, College of Design, NC State University, Raleigh, NC.

Nilda Cosco, PhD, ASLA, Natural Learning Initiative, College of Design, NC State University, Raleigh, NC.


Program: Through field expert presentations, case studies, site visits, environment-behavior design theory, and hands-on design charrette in a small-group setting participants will acquire skills to execute early childhood designs that fit organizational culture, institutional context, and budget.


Cost: $490, including networking reception, site visits, meals, handouts, and other materials.


Participants: Architects, landscape architects and designers, childcare providers, early childhood program developers, facility managers, and all professionals interested in creating developmentally appropriate indoor/outdoor environments for young children.


CEUs: AIA, LACES, NC State University CEUs.



Wednesday, August 2nd

Welcome and evening reception.

Thursday, August 3rd

8:00      Registration. Continental breakfast.

8:30      Introductions. Schedule review.

9:00      Child development and design. Overview.

10:30    Field visits / traveling seminar to model sites, including LEED-Certified facility, in the

Research Triangle Area. Introducing and using Outdoor Learning Environment

evaluation tools.

6:30      Back at Campus.

7:00      Dinner/networking/discussion

9:00      Adjourn.

Friday, August 4th

7:30      Continental breakfast.

8:00      Early childhood design concepts applied to indoor and outdoor spaces. Case Examples. Presentation and discussion.

9:30      Networking break.

10:00    Full design process:

Ÿ Visioning, design programming, community/ stakeholder/client engagement. Concept design. Ÿ Design development, including budget (and reality check!). Ÿ From the vision to construction documents. Ÿ Case studies: designing and building facilities (indoors and outdoors) for young children.

12:00    Lunch

1:00      Current research informing evidence-based design. Working with best practice indicators and evidence- based evaluation tools.

2:00      Connecting indoors and outdoors. Transitional space: a critical design feature.

3:00      Networking break.

3:30      Design lessons: what the books do not teach.

4:30      Design charrette introduction.

5:00      Design charrette. Working in groups.

7:30      Working dinner.

Saturday, August 5th

8:30      Design session #1 with roving critiques.

10:00    Group presentations and discussion.

11:00    Design session #2 with roving critiques.

12:00    Group presentations and discussion over lunch.

1:00      Final discussion, conclusion, and wrap up.

2:00      Closing.

Schedule subject to change