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February 29, 2016, by Charlie Jahnigen

How We Designed an Egyptian Montessori School in One Month

One of the fascinating aspects of our business is that every day presents a new opportunity to change the lives of students across the country, and occasionally, around the world. It’s what motivates us and gets us out of bed in the morning. Thursday, October 15, 2015 was certainly one of those days. It started […]

April 29, 2015, by Charlie Jahnigen

Beyond the Building

As architects, we’re always studying, learning from and drawing inspiration from the world around us. It’s why we attend industry conferences (like the Summit on Sustainability) and best practices calls, why we ask questions like, “what’s next?” and why we find ways to get involved with the local design community. It’s also why we must […]

February 10, 2015, by Charlie Jahnigen

The 2030 Challenge

In my last blog post, I shared some thoughts from the Design Futures Council’s 2014 Summit on Sustainability, which was held in September. One of the ideas that left me feeling inspired was Ed Mazria’s 2030 Challenge. Big Idea Over the past 10 years, Mazria’s research into building sector energy use and carbon emissions has […]

January 9, 2015, by Charlie Jahnigen

Summit on Sustainability Inspires Local Change

“Holy cow, this is a smart group of people.” That’s the phrase that runs through my mind every year when I arrive at the Design Futures Council’s Leadership Summit on Sustainability. Design Futures Council (DFC) is a group of thought leaders who come from the design industry; the group’s overall goal is to be a leadership […]

October 17, 2013, by Charlie Jahnigen

2013 – Five Lessons Learned

As Black Friday and Holiday Season is upon us, I want to take a step back and look at 2013. If I don’t do it now, the year will be over, so bear with me. The following points summarize my observations of the past year. 1. Time flies when you are having fun. Holy cow, […]

August 7, 2013, by Charlie Jahnigen

The Ever-Changing World Of Classroom Technology

A few weeks ago I wrote about 21st century learning environment “jargon”  being used in the marketplace. Obviously those terms go hand in hand with classroom technology. With school starting back soon, it’s interesting to see technology changes being implemented into the classroom. One of the popular changes is one-to-one or mobile technology as a […]

May 9, 2013, by Charlie Jahnigen

21st Century Learning Environment Jargon

The 21st Century Learning Environment topic has been discussed and debated in many circles (education/design/technology/politics/etc). As designers adapt to this new model of teaching, I have spent some time reading various publications on the topic. Below is a compilation of frequently used phrases I have seen that are tied to the built environment: • Collaboration […]

February 20, 2013, by Charlie Jahnigen

Time Flies When You Are Having Fun!

Wow, 2013 started off with a bang!  The new year always brings with it a sense of reflection and renewal.  I feel like I’m living more in the car and in meetings and have made a conscious effort to break the cycle and be a better dad at home. One recent opportunity was assisting in […]

November 28, 2012, by Charlie Jahnigen

Restaurant: Impossible – A 30 Minute Business Lesson

For a post-Thanksgiving blog it’s appropriate to talk food. I frequently watch the show Restaurant: Impossible which airs on Food Network. For those who have never seen the show, the concept is simple; Chef Robert Irvine has two days and a budget of $10,000 to save a desperate restaurant from impending failure. During the show, […]

September 12, 2012, by Charlie Jahnigen

Has This Economy Made You A Leader?

As Seth Godin discusses in his September 1, 2012 post titled “Different genes”, leadership can be a naturally occurring trait but more likely is a learned behavior.  In this challenging and ever changing economy, the playing field is open for architects and designers to rise as leaders at all levels of an organization.  Because of […]