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Inspired Design Solutions for Education: Architectural Walls

April 18, 2016
  • K-12 Education
  • Higher Education

As the education landscape evolves; how do you design environments that support a variety of learning styles and approaches? Architectural walls may very well be the answer!

The traditional definition of a wall is something that divides and separates space, creating a barrier. While architectural walls can do just that, they can also create the framework for flexible learning environments that support interactive and engaging educational activities for students and teachers.

Breaking Down Walls with Walls

The space needs of today’s students and teachers run the gamut from teaming, presentations and group discussion areas to individual research and environments for reflection. The ability to quickly reconfigure space is becoming more and more important for student and organizational success. The versatility of architectural walls allow users to adapt to these changing needs. Movable and reconfigurable, architectural walls offer a modular design solution which enables the quick and simple repurposing of learning environments.

Architectural walls are ideal for classrooms, libraries, student service centers, residence halls and administrative offices. Walls may also be incorporated into:

  • Touchdown areas
  • Study nooks
  • Small or large group meeting rooms
  • Confidential areas needing enclosed walls for privacy
  • Closed or open ceiling applications

Walls not only define space but become a multifunctional classroom tool. Walls with markerboard surfaces encourage ideation, collaboration and promote creativity among students. Integrate walls with technology, accommodating the growing need for connectivity and tech resources in the classroom.

Wall Art

In addition to functionality, architectural walls offer an aesthetic advantage to traditional drywall. Glass wall systems like Lightline promote natural daylighting and create clearer sight lines. It's possible to replace drywall with a more sustainable wall option like Evoke which is easily painted, wrapped or printed. Schools can mix glass and solid materials for walls with unlimited design opportunities and unique features. Think about the options for incorporating school colors, organizational branding and more!

Learn more about architectural wall solutions for education.

by Ryan Usiak  Architectural Wall Operations VP

As Vice President of Architectural Wall Operations, Ryan is responsible for implementation of the KI's architectural wall strategic sales and operations. He leads a team that is responsible for the day-to-day operations, ranging from pre-sale to post-installation. Ryan also assists with sales force development, technical selling and marketing. Ryan began his career with KI in 2007. He has since held a variety of positions in Product Marketing covering education products, healthcare products and architectural wall. His background is in electrical contracting project management and sales for commercial, industrial and civil construction.


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