5 Steps to Awesome Design for Education!

There is no uniformly accepted idea of what defines a 21st century school, so how do you begin to rethink updating facilities? Here at BLDD, we start by Thinking BIG. Through our five-step design-thinking process, students, educators, administrators and architects collaborate as co-authors of a design.

Add a little spice to your space!

Thanks to Forrest Gump, we all know that “life is like a box of chocolates,” but here at BLDD Architects, we say “design thinking is like making guacamole.”

Our design-thinking special sauce is called “Think BIG,” and it’s a recipe for success. Let’s dig in.

5 ways to Think BIG, for every personality type.

Are you the traditionalist? The minimalist? The dreamer? We’ve got the perfect way for you to start your day. Mom always said that breakfast was the most important meal!

Now that you’re off to a great start, we hope you’re hungry to learn more about Think BIG … starting with, what exactly is it?

How to reimagine your worn-out gym

In my 30 years of being in the profession, I have witnessed my fair share of school gymnasiums built in the 50s and 60s.  When a school district can finally afford to build a new competition gym, the old gym typically becomes underutilized and often times an eyesore.  But it doesn’t have to be that…

Takeaways from the 2017 A4LE Conference

The Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) annual conference is where some of the world’s greatest school facility minds get together to share their experiences, knowledge, and accomplishments. Each year I’m eager to go, looking forward to the learning we’ll bring back to our practice. This year we had more to look forward to, making our…

What Makes a Building Special?

On August 29, 2016, I had the honor of speaking at Grand Opening for the new Charles City Middle School in Charles City, Iowa. Actually, the honor started in July of 2013 when I became the project architect for the new school, but that’s not the point. For my two minutes of fame, I decided…