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Design Tools for Daylight

  • September 22, 2016
  • HCM

Design Tools for Daylight is a comparative research analysis of the daylight tools available to designers using a case study of a recently completed school.  It will compare the school’s daylight results from calculations, architectural modeling, and energy modeling, to each other as well as to the actual light measurements.

This comprehensive research project is being presented at the 2016 National American Institute of Architects Convention.

Design Tools for Daylight

Union Wharf gardens along promenade

Appealing to the New Senior Living Consumer, Leading Age Session, October 2014

  • January 16, 2015
  • jlange

Glen Tipton, FAIA and Principal at Hord Coplan Macht in the Senior Living Studio, co-presented this session at Leading Age 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.  This presentation has following Learning Objectives:

1. Realize how the “Silents” have already established “home” is an important part of traditional provider’s service area and market.

2. Analyze the demographic and psychographic trends driving new housing developments and service models.

3. Discover the highly successful programs aging services providers have already developed to support senior living in the community.

4. Recognize how the greater community is a potential source of value-added amenities and external services for your organization.

This linked file includes excerpts of the session presented by Glen Tipton, FAIA, along with Susan Brecht, Brecht Associates, Cecily Laidman, Executive Director, Cadbury Continuing Care at Home and Bestie Sassen, Vice President, Community Initiatives at Mather LifeWays.

Appealing to the New Senior Living Consumer

The Senior Living Consumer is looking for greater options than the old CCRC model typically offers. In this session, Glen Tipton offers his personal experience as aging baby boomer who is enjoying an urban lifestyle in a mixed used community. He applies that experience to the growing demand by seniors for more intergenerational living options within an urban setting.

2013 NAIS Annual Conference Workshop – Rethinking the Classroom

  • September 12, 2013
  • HCM


Change can be scary.  But whether or not you are afraid of it–change is inevitable. What is scarier than change itself is the prospect of not recognizing when it is happening, and then failing to respond in a positive, appropriate way. As we move through the 21st century, the changing landscape of education is something none of us can afford to ignore. By first understanding WHO the 21st-century learner is, and then embracing the ways that THEY are learning, we can create a transformative environment, where students WANT to be active participants. This interactive workshop examines the most fundamental of learning spaces–the classroom. By first identifying a more descriptive and appropriate way to refer to this space, then by developing prototypes that capture the essence of 21st-century learning, participants of this session will use a participatory approach to rethinking the classroom, and will contribute to developing more creative and relevant learning environments.

To view the presentation, click here.

Jim Albert and Dr. Richard Katz

Help Nurses Help the Smallest Patients: How Infant Care is Reorganized

  • April 23, 2013
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht Principal Jim Albert, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP recently spoke at the 2012 Healthcare Facilties Symposium and Expo in Chicago, IL.  This session detailed how the renovation program of highly specialized space incorporated a unique and bold method of distributed nursing.  By replacing a central nursing station with alcoves located directly outside patient rooms, the hospital provided increased privacy for visitors, encouraged more interaction among nursing staff, and also improved patient safety and security.  In addition, the renovation further encouraged family centered care by adding amenities such as a family resource library and improved play areas.

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You Have More Space than You Think: Expanding Without Building

  • February 26, 2013
  • HCM

Hord Coplan Macht Principals Tom Spies and Peter Winebrenner, along with Indian Creek School, Head of School Rick Branson, spoke at the 2013 National Business Officers Association Annual Meeting.  Their presentation addressed for 21st Century school can do more with less.

For all of the challenges and hurdles the “new normal” has created, the need to do more with less has also created opportunities for schools to become leaner and meaner – more efficient and effective.  As schools evolve and continue to evaluate and adopt new teaching and learning strategies, there is a real opportunity to create and alter the learning spaces in a more efficient manner.  Practically speaking, certain 21st-century learning strategies can actually reduce the need for instructional and support space, allowing schools to increase their capacity without adding and maintaining expensive square footage.

This session will examined several key learning strategies that are transforming the educational experience.  Concepts such as blended learning, the flipped classroom, schools without walls and others were discussed.  The session then looked at examples of how different physical environments have responded to these teaching and learning strategies.  Opportunities to actually reduce space needs, or increase programs and/or enrollment without adding new space were examined.

A copy of the presentation can be found here.