Driven by his love for science, art, nature, and photography, Stuart–a Principal in the PK-12 education practice–discovered his passion for architecture in high school, when his physics teacher inspired him to apply design thinking to solve complex science problems through hands on learning experiences. As a result of those lessons, he chose to dedicate his future career to the design of the built environment and K-12 schools.
Stuart is most inspired by designing learning environments that tap into students’ creativity and passion. He studies how the evolving fields of neuroscience and social science can be used to apply evidence-based principles to design for neurodiversity, equity, and inclusion. Stuart believes that by combining these influences, architects can design environments that foster intrinsic motivation for learning and shape a resilient future for students that will prepare them to become contributing and compassionate members of society.
Stuart’s 35-year career has focused extensively on educational projects including planning, renovations, additions, and new construction. He is recognized as an expert in K-12 design who works collaboratively with all stakeholders and has been praised by superintendents, school board members and educators across the country. Stuart leads the conceptualization and visioning process, co-creating schools that are resilient and adaptive to change, and promote wellness and sustainability. He is an active member of the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO), the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He speaks extensively at national conferences about K-12 design and sustainability, including the Green Schools National Conference, EDspaces, A4LE LearningSCAPES, and SxSW EDU.