Outdoor Learning Environments

The AIA’s Committee on Architecture for Education recently hosted a great webinar on design of outdoor learning environments.  An outdoor learning environment differs from the traditional school playground in that it moves away from the simple notion of “outdoor recess”.  It fosters understanding of and appreciation for the natural environment, and supports the continuation of childrens’ learning through creative play and exploration.

You can view the webinar in the window below, and download the 35Mb presentation in .pdf format here.


Philip Anderson is a founding principal at Studio Laan, a Washington, DC-based architecture and design studio.