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SCUP Excellence Award Recipients to be Featured in National Design Publication “Best practices should be broadly shared,” said Michael D. Moss, president of the Society for College and University Planning. “Our Excellence Awards program showcases how the design of physical space impacts teaching, programing, and academic outcomes. This publication is an excellent match for us.”

November 28, 2017 (Ann Arbor, MI) Award recipients from the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) 2018 Excellence Awards Program will be featured in a special June 2018 edition of Learning By Design, a magazine that is a source for education facility design innovation and excellence. 

SCUP’s Excellence Awards began in 1989 and recognizes higher-education advances in planning, architecture, and landscape architecture. The new June edition of Learning By Design, will pictorially showcase and discuss the award-winning project portfolios.

Learning By Design has a distribution of 50,000 educational institutions and design firms nationwide. Its mission is to offer a multidisciplinary group of education facility design decision-makers a knowledge-based platform for creating environments for human exploration, learning, and well-being. The magazine is a resource for architects, administrators, and planners who focus on creating next-generation educational practices. For information about Learning By Design, please visit:

The 2018 SCUP Excellence Awards will open Monday, November 27, 2017 and will close Friday, February 16, 2018. For more information, please visit:

About the Society for College and University Planning

The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) is a nonprofit association of 5,000+ higher education leaders responsible for the integration of planning on their campuses and for the professionals who support them. For more information, visit

SCUP’s Mission

The Society for College and University Planning develops individual and organizational planning capacities to strengthen and transform institutions of higher education.


Kathleen Benton

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The EDspaces Innovation Award with this partnership of EDmarket and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) recently announced the winners of the 2017 EDspaces Innovation Awards. The awards program recognizes design excellence across a variety of six categories judged by a sterling panel, and including a Best of Competition Award presented to entrants whose products are evaluated on the different components of innovation, including: functionality, originality, aesthetics, sustainability, depth of user insight, and their potential for a positive impact on future learning spaces. Products were judged by jury appointed by IIDA and awards were announced at the EDspaces 2017 plenary session on Thursday October 26th in Kansas City, Missouri.

Of all the products judged, the 2017 Best of Competition honors award was bestowed to CEF-Custom Educational Furnishings for The Edison Table.

The Edison Table

The jury commented that this product exhibited true breakthrough solutions packed into every inch, the Edison Table embodies the inventor’s spirit, providing a complete maker experience. 

The 2017 EDspaces Innovation Awards winners are as follows:

Flooring (Carpet/Rugs; Hard Flooring/Resilient)

Manufacturer: Milliken & Company

Product: Moraine

Equipment (Playground Equipment, A/V Equipment, Lectern/ Teaching Station)

Manufacturer: Bretford Manufacturing Inc.

Product: TechGuard Connect Charging Lockers

charging lockers

TechGuard Connect paired with Bretford Connect, a cloud-based management software, supports remote locker management from anywhere in the world. IT administrators are able to access real-time locker stats, remotely unlock bays, and provide a full audit trail through data logging.

Furniture (Casegoods; Children’s; Display Cases; Student Desk; Systems; Tables)

Manufacturer: CEF-Custom Educational Furnishings

Product: The Edison Table

Furniture (Casegoods; Children’s; Display Cases; Student Desk; Systems; Tables)

Manufacturer: Viggi Corp.

Product: Vidget 3-in-1 Flexible Seating System

Seating (Classroom; Conference; Fixed; Guest; Lounge; Task)

Manufacturer: Virco Inc.

Product: Virco C2M 4-Leg Chair

 Seating (Classroom; Conference; Fixed; Guest; Lounge; Task)

Manufacturer: Howda Designz, LLC

Product: HowdaHUG Seats


All 2017 winning products and manufacturers will be featured on the IIDA and EDmarket Web sites, promoted on IIDA social media networks to more than 300,000 followers, and published in the April 2018 issue of Learning by Design magazine.

Find out how Khan Lab School uses VS America furniture to experiment with open spaces, creating collaboration among students and faculty. By making the learning space a part of the pedagogy, the possibilities for teaching and learning are unlimited. 

Earn your CEU's, including Health, Safety, and Welfare credits, from the comfort of your own office. The Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), a partner of Learning By Design magazine has both live and on-demand programs that offer some of the best case studies, relevant research and information, and innovative approaches and techniques. Here is a sampling of some of A4LE's upcoming programming:  LEARN MORE 

Thursday, December 7, 2017 
2:30 PM-3:45 PM EDS - 1 LU HSW
Make a Difference: Design Schools to Benefit Learning
How can you improve student achievement by up to 16% without changes to pedagogy, teachers, curriculum or students? The answer is through well-designed school facilities. This workshop will review current research from the University of Salford in Manchester, UK, Harvard University, and others that reveal clear evidence that the physical characteristics of a classroom impacts learning, and furthermore, that a link exists between well-designed school facilities and increased academic achievement.

Thursday, December 14, 2017 
2:30 PM-4 PM EDS - 1.5 LU HSW
Hacking the School Building: An Innovator's Guide to Future-Ready Learning Environments
Why aren't they using it the way we designed it? It's the question we are too embarrassed to ask. Research tells us that students learn differently. Educational leaders from across the globe teach us that learning must be made relevant, active, and engaging. Teachers tell us learning activities and strategies are changing. Architects are taught from day one that form follows function.....and we know if function is changing, so should design solutions. So we explore new solutions, we develop new concepts.

Thursday, January 11, 2018 
3 PM-4:15 PM EDS - 1 LU
Beyond Design Project Zero (DP0)
This session will require active participation from the attendees in understanding, identifying, and applying design thinking techniques. The session will highlight how design thinking has been applied to learning environments by both educators and learning environment planners. Case studies of how these techniques improved collaboration and creativity will be discussed and demonstrated.

Thursday, January 18, 2018 
3:30 PM-4:45 PM EDS

Inspired By Design

In recent years, we have made great advances in designing our schools to serve as teaching tools and to provide flexible spaces that foster project based learning. With such a strong focus on helping progressive pedagogies, have we put aside or neglected the ability of architecture to simply create inspiring spaces to elicit the curiosity and wonder ultimately needed for true learning and growing? 



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