Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Dina is a K-12 Education Design Leader, design researcher, speaker, and author working from the firm’s Washington D.C. location. She has cultivated a holistic approach to designs for learning that explores the transactions between people, places, and affordances that sustain engagement, foster health and wellbeing, and capture the human capacity for creativity. She pursues these interests in the context of trans-disciplinary collaboration efforts with experts from a variety of disciplines involving learning futures in a broad sense. From playful tinkering to social dynamics, Dina’s passion is to explore how spaces, experiences, and artifacts can be designed to support human learning diversity now and in the future.
“Meaningful innovation happens when we ask challenging questions about the future of learning and work closely across disciplinary boundaries to explore human capacity for creativity, curiosity, wonder, and well-being. Working together, we can take on valuable research questions and respond with a design in which every person can pursue their full potential.”
Dina’s primary research – collaborating with public health and childhood obesity researchers – investigates the power of school architecture to transform healthy eating and physical activity behaviors and social norms resulting in several peer-reviewed publications and the establishment of health-promoting Design Guidelines for School Architecture.
She is Co-Chair of the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) Research Sub-Committee, where she co-leads an interdisciplinary advisory working group, brings strategic research to design, and partners with companies, institutions, and organizations interested in the intersections between learning, teaching, design, nature, and technologies.