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NAC Architecture is an award-winning design firm, with over 170 professionals and a track record spanning more than half a century. We are thought leaders, yet our legacy of listening and learning remains constant. The NACLab, NAC Architecture’s blog, features thoughts and lessons related to current issues. Authored by our established and emerging thought leaders, the purpose of the blog is to invite conversation and constructive reflection on the cultural and material complexities of design. We believe this dialogue ultimately informs stronger design solutions to our clients’ and society’s most challenging problems. Visit us at http://www.nacarchitecture.com/NACLab/default.aspx.
Healthcare Facilities | December 07, 2018 | NACLab Blog Dan Kurtz, AIA, LEED AP, Principal

A Hybrid operating room (OR) is an OR that is outfitted with advanced imaging equipment that allows surgeons, radiologists, and other providers to...

Healthcare Facilities | November 07, 2018 | NACLab Blog Jill Kurtz, AIA, NCARB, Senior Associate and Marcia Wall, ASID, Senior Associate

How can architecture decrease frustration, increase the feeling of self-worth, and increase the ability to re-connect?

Education Facility | October 08, 2018 | NACLab Blog Ron van der Veen, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal

While the programming and design for these buildings all kept a holistic living/learning experience at the core, they also had amazingly different...

Education Facility | September 12, 2018 | NACLab Blog Michael Pinto, AIA, Principal and Randy Wilson, AIA, LEED AP Principal

In order to effectively talk about school design, we need to start by understanding what a school is designed to do. 

Education Facility | July 06, 2018 | NACLab Blog Teresa Alvarado and Philip Riedel

Today, efforts toward equity in education encompass a wide spectrum of considerations including sex, gender identity, socio-economic background, an...

Healthcare Facilities | May 29, 2018 | NACLab Blog Daniel C. Jardine, Principal, AIA, LEED AP

Telemedicine is a broad term that covers many aspects and mediums of care, but primarily it refers to the use of video monitors to allow a virtual...

Architects | March 23, 2018 | NACLab Blog Emily Spillar, Associate IIDA

In order to understand why a school day can be so grueling for an introverted student, it’s important to know what it means to be introverted, writ...

Architects | October 31, 2017 | NACLab Blog Sean Joyner

People are enigmatic and inherently complex, which can make it difficult to design for a larger population.

Children at play in an early education center classroom
Education Facility | October 03, 2017 | NACLab Blog Melissa A. McFadgen and Helena L. Jubany

When the design of early learning centers is grounded in the science of developmental psychology and education, these educational environments can...

Children working on laptops
September 12, 2017 | NACLab Blog Larry Kearns, Principal, FAIA / LEED AP and Timothy A. Ballard AIA / LEED AP / PRINCIPAL

Simply defined, blended learning mixes face-to-face with online instruction.

Cherry Crest Elementary School, Bellevue, Wash. Photo: NAC Architecture

Education Facility | March 09, 2017 | NACLab Blog Matthew Rumbaugh, AIA, LEED AP, Design Principal, NAC Architecture

The art of designing schools lies not in just understanding what makes a functional classroom, but in how successful we are in creating a wide arra...

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