K12 Education

Designing Learning Spaces with Melissa Turnbaugh

Melissa Turnbaugh is a Partner at architecture firm PBK where she serves as National Education and Innovation Leader. She joins host Mike Palmer in a conversation about how architects approach designing K-12 learning spaces in a rapidly changing world, emphasizing the need for flexibility and personalization. Turnbaugh outlines emerging trends like outdoor classrooms along with integrating artificial intelligence and virtual reality technologies. She stresses designing schools to be learner-centric instead of teacher-centric, creating spaces tailored to neurodiversity and social-emotional needs. When asked about advice for education careers, Turnbaugh advocates being open to transformation and learning from outside perspectives. Throughout the conversation, she expresses gratitude for the challenging work educators do and seeks to support them through thoughtful design.

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