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July 17, 2017, by Ed Melvin

What Does Your Playground Sound Like?

Remove yourself from this moment and return to the time when you were nine years old, full of hope and wonder. Visit your favorite playground; maybe it is the school yard, the neighborhood park, an empty wooded lot or Grandma’s garden. What do you hear? What does your playground sound like? Little voices are calling […]

July 12, 2017, by John Noble

ON PUDDLES AND RIGOR: The Academic and Playful Act of Puddle-Jumping

Imagine a puddle in the courtyard of your school. Then imagine the ways in which it could inspire learning. That is the premise of a pair of short essays found in “The Hundred Languages of Children” (the catalog to an exhibit on Reggio Emilia’s educational philosophy). These essays came to my mind after reading several […]

June 30, 2017, by Jeff Parker

Short Boards: an innovative tool for design thinking

Educators today are thinking ever more broadly and ever more creatively about learning and what it should look like to best prepare students for an unknown future. To prepare young minds for the challenges (and opportunities) of a future dominated by the magnitude of the unknown, Design Thinking is becoming an exciting framework on which […]

June 29, 2017

Jim Steed. The passing of an SHP icon.

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Jim Steed, the heart and soul of SHP, formerly known as Steed Hammond Paul. Born July 13, 1924 he passed away June 28, 2017 just shy of his 93rd birthday. Jim left a lasting legacy of iconic projects but more importantly he changed the […]

June 29, 2017, by Ed Melvin

What Is a Playground For?

What is a playground for? Fun, certainly. Exploration, without a doubt. Discovery and curiosity, yes and yes! Whatever the answer to this question, it is clear a playground should not be an afterthought, a leftover piece of land with some equipment, fall protection and very little thought. Rather, it should be understood to be an […]

June 21, 2017, by dthomas

9 Billion Schools: One School’s Journey

When considering the concept behind the 9 Billion Schools movement – to deliver personalized learning for all, as a matter of both human dignity and one’s ability to flourish – it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the immensity of the challenge. How can we truly accomplish such a feat? What shifts must occur in our […]

June 20, 2017, by SHP Leading Design

9 Billion Schools Video Series: Part Two

We recently produced a four-part video series that explains what the 9 Billion Schools movement is, how it came to be and what we hope it will inspire. The videos feature Lauren Della Bella, the president of SHP Leading Design, and Brian David Johnson, an acclaimed author and futurist. In the first video, both Lauren […]

June 6, 2017, by Lauren Della Bella

DSSS: A Framework for Successful, Lifelong Learning

It’s no secret I left SXSWedu inspired and energized by the conversations I had, people I met and best practices I learned. One of the sessions I most enjoyed was the Day 3 keynote address with entrepreneur, best-selling author and lifelong learner, Tim Ferriss. I was intrigued by the framework he suggested for successful, lifelong […]

June 3, 2017

9 Billion Schools Video Series: Part One

We recently produced a four-part video series that explains the 9 Billion Schools movement we launched earlier this year in Austin, Texas at SXSWedu. The series explains what the movement is, how it came to be and what we hope it will inspire. The video features Lauren Della Bella, the president of SHP Leading Design, […]

February 8, 2017

New Job Posting: Construction Project Manager

Have a passion for representing design work out on the field? Join us in our Columbus office as a Construction Project Manager!  This posting and three others are listed on our careers page. We can’t wait to hear from you!

December 14, 2016, by Greg Lewis

How Virtual Reality is Changing Our Design Communication

Virtual Reality, or VR as it’s commonly called, is becoming the new “it” thing for the future of interactive media. It’s finding its way to the architectural mainstream by quickly branching out of video gaming and into the hands of designers like me. By seeing our spaces in ways that weren’t possible a few years […]

November 7, 2016, by admin

This Election Day, and Always, Every Vote Counts

By Jerry Clark, former Superintendent of Piqua City Schools in Piqua, Ohio and current Business Development Manager at SHP. While most people are glad to see the 2016 election cycle come to a close, there is one aspect we all can agree on: this election has energized voter participation.  During my 45 years of working in […]

September 12, 2016, by Jim Messner

What exactly is Energy Star?

Energy Star.  That little blue logo you may recall seeing on your dishwasher, refrigerator, or water heater.  What is it and why does it appear everywhere? Energy Star is a certification system that was originally born from collaboration between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DoE).  Energy Star was launched in 1992 […]

September 1, 2016

Greg Galieti, AIA, LEED AP Joins SHP Leading Design as a Senior Project Manager

Columbus – September 1, 2016 – Greg Galieti has joined the Columbus office of SHP Leading Design as a senior project manager. In his new role, Greg will lead the development of innovative architectural design for SHP clients. Greg’s exceptional ability to understand, communicate and deliver on an owner’s project vision makes him an excellent fit […]