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Campus Transformation: Designing for Change

Q3 BSA Client Conversations 09 September

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  • COST

    1 session | $20, BSA Members; $40, Non-members

    Discounted 3-pack sessions are available: 3 sessions | $50, BSA Members; $100, Non-members

  • TYPE





    1 LU/HSW AIA credit available

The practice of Build-to-Suit for a specific client’s needs at a specific point in time has been the default model in United States real estate for a long time. Now, with a massively disrupted market looking for new and viable ideas about the long term value of buildings, and increased accountability for the responsible use of resources, the time has come for the industry to enact real change.

We will explore how the Open Building concepts and movement is encouraging planners, designers and clients to think differently to reinterpret and understand what good building bones are, to allow for reuse and change.

During this session, Carey Upton, Chief Operations Officer of Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, together with HED Architect and Education Principal John Dale, will reflect on the evolution of learning and the supporting facilities on the campus of Santa Monica High School (Samohi) in Santa Monica, California. This campus has been developed over the course of a century, responding to varying imperatives in terms of learning styles and the facilities that house them. A recent master plan and two major new projects have begun a radical transformation that will re-shape the interaction of teachers and students for the next century. The first of these facilities, a major multi-purpose academic facility known as the Discovery Building, is designed based on Open Building principles and will open this summer. A new athletic and career technical / visual arts complex (The Gold Gym and Exploration Building) will soon follow. The new buildings are a radical departure from what has been created before. They will contain much more varied, flexible spaces, both interior and exterior, that will support a wide range of learning styles and activities - and are designed to change.

Please join us and explore these evolving strategies for design.

Carey Upton
Chief Operations Officer, Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD)

Principal and Pre-K12 Studio Leader, HED


Carole Wedge FAIA LEED AP
CEO, Shepley Bulfinch

Open Building Resources:
Why We’ll Need More Flexible Buildings in the Post-Covid Era
Open Building: Creating Resilient, Adaptive Learning Environments
Santa Monica High School Discovery Project Designed with Open Building Principles
Council on Open Building

Client Conversation Series

The BSA Client Conversation series is focused around quarterly themes, spotlighting clients with not only their projects, but their strategies for managing change through development and investment during these complex times. Conversations will span a range of market sectors, and provide insight into the capabilities and skills clients look for when selecting a design team.

Sessions will be hosted by Carole Wedge FAIA LEED AP. Programs will take place the second Tuesday of every month and will be presented in different formats—from panel discussions to interviews, virtual tours and more.


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