Chiaravalle Montessori School

CHALLENGE

How can we create a new "heart" of Chiaravalle that embodies Montessori principles?

 

PROJECT

Chiaravalle Montessori School is an infant through 8th grade learning community rooted in cultivating an individual child's learning journey in a diverse, community-centered context. As Chiaravalle looks to its next 50 years, TheThirdTeacher+ team and Cannon Design explored how Montessori philosophy could be expressed in shared spaces. With a historic Burnham building and a semi-public park site, this project had significant relevance to Evanston as well. This addition and renovation of the north wing –– containing physical, arts, dining, and community spaces – provided the opportunity to reinvent Chiaravalle's core and entry experiences.

Through our community-centered process, we integrated design conversations into the cultural, pedagogical, and strategic goals of Chiaravalle. The Discovery phase revealed deeply held values and aspirations of the Chiaravalle community. The hands-on Activation phase transformed principles into design drivers. Through the Design phase, we explored aspects of community partnership, cross-generational flow, and the cultural changes at the core of the project.

VISIONING + PROGRAMMING • USER RESEARCH • COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS • ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN • PRESERVATION

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ROLE + COMPETENCIES:

ENGAGEMENT LEAD• RESEARCH + STRATEGY • WORKSHOP DESIGN + FACILITATION 


 

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Process Components

  • Observation: of all ages and shared spaces

  • Group interviews: with students, teachers, parents, administration, and board members

  • Workshops: with kindergarten/elementary/middle school students, teachers, family, and sustainability
  • Survey: with family, administration, and teachers
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Discovery & Activation


Programming & Design


Construction

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Created in collaboration with TheThirdTeacher+ and Cannon Design. Teammates included Lori Day, Teri Wright, Geoffrey Walters, Sarah Malin, Emi Day, and Trung Le.