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Rickes Associates Collaborates on New Volume

In conjunction with the Colombian manufacturer Kassani, Rickes Associates has collaborated on the creation of “Aula 360: Ambientes y experiencias de aprendizaje” (“Classroom 360: Learning environments and experiences”), a new volume that explores how design and other considerations contribute to classroom quality, and by extension learning outcomes. Authoring the introductory chapter of the book, Rickes Associates staff provide a broad survey of multiple factors impacting classroom design, ranging from visual and auditory considerations to those related to physical comfort and issues of sustainability. The ways in which learning is impacted by design considerations are explored, as are factors that affect the efficacy of various teaching pedagogies. Following the introduction, other chapters, sourced from global experts, provide numerous precedent examples specific to Colombian and Latin American contexts, as well as discussion of other related research topics. Featuring a vibrant, engaging graphic layout, Aula 360 provides a vital compendium of current thought leadership on the issues facing instructional space design, particularly appropriate given the rapid pace of pedagogical change driven by technological advances and emerging research into topics as diverse as sustainability and ergonomics.

Rickes Associates has collaborated on the creation of “Aula 360: Ambientes y experiencias de aprendizaje” (“Classroom 360: Learning environments and experiences”)

Campus Master Plan Wins National Award

Rickes Associates is pleased to have contributed to the Campus Master Plan for Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario), recipient of the 2015 Award for Planning Excellence in Urban Design from the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP). The Award for Planning Excellence is the CIP’s highest honor for work by Canadian planners. Kudos to Urban Strategies of Toronto for their outstanding leadership of the Master Plan process!
The Canadian Institute of Planners, Awards for Planning Excellence

Queens University

Persis C. Rickes, Ph.D., Receives Distinguished Service Award

SCUP-48, San Diego, California – July 28, 2013 – Persis C. Rickes, Ph.D., President and Principal of Rickes Associates, was recognized by the Society of College and University Planning (SCUP) for her exceptional contributions to the activities and success of the organization.

For more than two decades, Dr. Rickes has been an active member of SCUP. She has acted as presenter, author, committee member, editor, reviewer, and has served on the Northeast Regional Council.

Dr. Rickes has spent her career in the service of institutions of higher education. In 1991 she founded Rickes Associates, a solution-oriented, higher education planning firm dedicated to providing colleges and universities with analysis and planning for issues affecting people, programs, and space.

Dr. Rickes is not the only member of her team to receive this award. In 2009, one of her long-time associates, Thomas B. Flaherty, Ph.D. was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award at SCUP-44.

SCUP Award 2013

Dr. Persis Rickes recently returned from the European University at St. Petersburg located in St. Petersburg, Russia

In conjunction with Architectural Resources Cambridge (ARC), Dr. Rickes assisted in the preparation of a detailed space program to quantify current and projected space needs. The University campus is currently located within the 18th century Small Marble Palace also known as the Mansion of Count AG Kushelev-Bezborodki. While beautiful and historic, the current space is less than ideal for the needs of today’s students. Dr. Rickes and the ARC team spent four days reviewing data, walking the current campus, and sharing findings and recommendations with key administrators. A space program of 70,000 ASF was recommended. The results of this study will be put use as part of an international design competition which seeks to re-envision the physical campus.

Rickes Associates at Russian College.

Dr. Rickes Returns to Colombia

In March 2013, Dr. Persis Rickes participated in a four-city speaking tour in Columbia where she had been invited back as a keynote speaker for the Second International Conference for Environments and Learning Experiences.  Dr. Rickes was asked to reprise last year’s presentation “Classrooms 360,” in which she discussed the classroom environment, the way in which today’s student learn, and general trends in higher education spaces. Speaking venues included Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, and Barranquilla – the four largest cities in Columbia.

The expansion of this conference from last year’s single city event to a four-city event is testimony to the educational renaissance taking place in Columbia today. The Columbian government’s goal is that half of young Columbians continue their education after high school, an audacious undertaking that will require significant expansion of the country’s higher education system.

Rickes Associates at Bogota College

Annual SUNY Physical Plant Administrators Association Winter Conference

Persis C. Rickes, Ph.D. was invited to present the keynote address at the Annual SUNY Physical Plant Administrators Association Winter Conference, January 29th-30th, 2013, held in Cooperstown, New York. In her presentation entitled, “Polishing Your Crystal Ball”, Dr. Rickes explored the topic of “futuring” campus space. Trends explored by Dr. Rickes included: changing demographics, Millennial and “Homeland Generation” student characteristics, the evolution of the classroom, and the “amenities race.” Conference attendees represented SUNY campus administrators from all over New York as well as senior officials from the SUNY Central Office.

This is not the first time Dr. Rickes has been invited by SUNY PPAA to present at this conference. In 2007, Dr. Rickes presented “Make Way for Millennials”.

The expansion of this conference from last year’s single city event to a four-city event is testimony to the educational renaissance taking place in Columbia today. The Columbian government’s goal is that half of young Columbians continue their education after high school, an audacious undertaking that will require significant expansion of the country’s higher education system.