National Design Award Winner: The Deck of Spaces Revolutionizes Equitable Design in Education

November 6, 2023

We are honored to share that the Deck of SpacesTM has been recognized with four international design awards: Metropolis Magazine’s Planet Positive Award, the A4LE Kelly Tanner Innovation Award, the CORE77 Product Design Award, and an award from San Francisco Design Week.

In October 2020, a study on belonging was performed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP); findings demonstrated that between 17% – 29% of high school and 14% – 27% of middle-school students did not feel a sense of belonging in their schools or classrooms. We believe that this number is too high. To this end, we created the Deck of SpacesTM — a conversation starter and a brainstorming tool that allows educators and designers to introduce novel spatial concepts to audiences — young and old, to create equitable learning environments that foster community and belonging.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Deck and want to learn more, please visit Authors include Principal David Reid AIA, Director of Research Michael Ralph Ph.D., Sally Wurtzler AIA, and Tayvia Triplett from Multistudio and co-authors Dr. James Basham, Professor of Education at the University of Kansas, and Sue Hardin, UDL Coach and Consultant to the Macomb Intermediate School District in Michigan.

Metropolis Magazine Planet Positive Awards 2023: Multistudio

METROPOLIS’s Planet Positive Awards recognize the most creative projects and products from around the world that benefit people and the planet, as well as firms and professionals leading the way to a better built environment. Judged by four expert juries across project types and product categories, the winners and honorable mentions below represent the highest achievements today in design that addresses climate change, ecosystem health, human health, and equity.

Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) Kelly Tanner Innovation Award

The Kelley Tanner Innovation Award showcases ideas and initiatives that explore and implement inventive approaches to navigating complex and changing external contexts for teaching, learning, supporting, and operating educational facilities. This award is designed to showcase and celebrate – and even stimulate – innovative and pioneering practices that enhance learning, our profession, and the communities we serve.

CORE77 2023 Product Design Awards

Recognizing excellence in all areas of design enterprise, the Core77 Design Awards annually celebrates the richness of the design profession as well as the insight and perseverance of its practitioners. Now in its eleventh year, the Awards program remains dedicated to excellence and inclusivity, offering both students and professionals the opportunity to promote their best work on a global scale across 23 distinct design disciplines.

San Francisco Design Week

The San Francisco Design Week Awards is an international design competition seeking to encourage thought leadership by supporting designers whose works contribute towards a positive future for society. The Design Awards celebrates and recognizes exemplary work in all fields of design including architecture, interiors, industrial design, communications, and user experience. Winning projects were selected by a jury comprised of distinguished professionals who reviewed submissions from an exceptionally competitive pool of applicants from all over the world.

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