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September 2021

Partners John Ruble, FAIA and Buzz Yudell, FAIA and Principal Jeanne Chen, FAIA, will be panelists at the International Symposium on Campus Planning and Design of Higher & Vocational Education in Hangzhou, China tonight. Their virtual presentation “Higher Education for a Dynamic Global Future: Defining Opportunities and Guiding Principles” will discuss trends in future education and include recent case studies of their work in the US and Asia.

Image: Santa Monica High School Discovery Building

Co-Design Architect: Moore Ruble Yudell

Architect of Record/ Co-Design Architect: HED Architect


Neal Matsuno, FAIA will be speaking on Wednesday, September 22 from 12:00-1:30pm for the “Design for Wellbeing” AIA CA Climate Action Webinar Series.

With the average American spending 90% of their time indoors, it is imperative that our buildings support human health and wellbeing. This session will outline the focus on health and wellness throughout the project design and operation of Washington University St. Louis [WUSTL’s] Hillman Hall. With the project as a new building for the Brown School of Social Work, social equity was at the core of the school’s values and vision to create positive social change. A healthy and high-performance environment benefits profitability, staff retention, and improves student performance, and should be considered from the earliest stages of design through operation.


Amy Eyler, Associate Professor at WUSTL

Neal Matsuno, Principal at Moore Ruble Yudell Architects and Planners


James Mary O’Connor, FAIA will be on a panel tomorrow from 8am-9:30am PST for the Boston Society for Architecture session “Design for Change: K-12 Educational Design Campus Transformation”

The presentation tracks the evolution of learning and the supporting campus facilities of Santa Monica High School. This campus has developed over the course of a century, responding to varying imperatives in terms of learning styles and the facilities that house them. A recent master plan and two major new projects have begun a radical transformation that will reshape the course of the school for the next century. The first of these facilities just opened this summer and is a major multi-purpose academic facility. The Discovery Building’s design is based on Open Building principles. A new athletic and career technical / visual arts complex (The Gold Gym and Exploration Building) will soon follow. The new buildings are a radical departure from what has been created before. They will contain much more varied, flexible spaces, both interior and exterior, that will support a wide range of learning styles and activities. With the opening of the Discovery Building, we will discuss the initial impressions of students and teachers as they begin to occupy and experiment in the new learning spaces.

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James Mary O’Connor FAIA, Moore Ruble Yudell

Carey Upton, Chief Operations Officer, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District

John Dale FAIA, HED