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Slate School is featured on ArchDaily

Slate School is a private, independent, coeducational non-profit elementary school located on a biodiverse 25-acre site in North Haven, CT. Founded by Jennifer Staple Clark and Alexander Clark, the School provides a unique nature-based learning environment that aspires to cultivate creativity, kindness, and stewardship of the Earth, while fostering a passion for learning and discovery. Full…

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Slate School: A Virtual Tour

As part of the 2020 Sustainability Week at AIA Connecticut and for the CT Green Building Council’s annual site tour, we were asked to guide a walking tour of Slate School. Due to the current health regulations, this has been postponed. As a small teaser, we are featuring a recent video of drone footage prepared…

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Interesting Summer Slammer Projects of 2019

The term “summer slammer” is often used to refer to design and construction projects that take place at schools while students are away. It’s meant to capture the urgency that comes with trying to complete all work before the school re-opens its doors in the fall.

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Summertime School Projects: Smart Scheduling is Key

Design and construction projects for schools involve unique challenges. One of the biggest is ensuring that work is completed in the summer months when students are away so that construction activities aren’t a distraction. Avoiding construction zones in a building during the school year also helps mitigate safety concerns.

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How Student Feedback Confirmed a School Building Design

If you want to know if a building’s design meets all the important criteria, ask the experts. In the case of a pre-kindergarten building, the experts are the children who play and learn in the space. So, that’s who we consulted on a school building project in southern Connecticut.     Greenwich Academy is an…

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Double Duty: How We Blended Education and Accommodations

One of the great thrills in architecture is when we’re able to create a design that leverages one structure for multiple purposes. We had that opportunity when we were asked to create a unique building for a local independent school. Greenwich Academy is a college preparatory day school for girls. The campus sits on nearly…

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How to Design a Natural Playscape

natural playscapes blog

As children, the first lessons we learn are about the natural world around us. And those lessons are important, because they become the framework for much of the learning that follows. That’s one of the reasons nature themes are so prevalent in childcare and early education settings. This includes outdoor play areas, where it seems…

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Helping Young Minds Bloom with an Educational Greenhouse and Gardens

educational greenhouse at Slate School

Slate School is an independent elementary school in North Haven, CT. Its 25-acre parcel is a beautiful plot of land, with both open meadow lands and forest. When school leaders approached us to design the school building, they expressed their vision of capitalizing on this incredible setting and having nature play a central role in…

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Sustainable design for a new elementary school

Sustainable classroom

One of our current projects, which we couldn’t be more excited about, is designing a nature-based independent school, called Slate School, on former farmlands in North Haven, Connecticut. The school’s educational philosophy is centered around discovery, curiosity, and nature. We’re no strangers to design for early childhood education with nature as a core principle, with…

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Designing a nature-based school

Nature-based school

Recently, we have been asking ourselves how to design to support the educational philosophy of curiosity and nature-based learning for a new independent elementary school called Slate School. When designing for a school, in particular, it’s essential to strongly adhere to its core principles in order to create the best environment for learning. To this end,…

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