Smart design is more important than ever when designing schools that not only support your current teaching and learning practices, but can also inspire and easily adapt to evolving practices and technologies over time.

New Vista’s customized and targeted approach quickly educates your design team and school community on current research and best practices in school programming, facility design, and master planning, and engages a wide range of stakeholders in a visioning process that not only builds ownership and excitement, but ensures that your “future-forward” vision for your district and school can be fully realized. 


K-12 Facility Design

New Vista provides customized educational planning and architectural design services and workshops designed to help schools and districts to maximize the success of their school design process. Workshops can be tailored to each phase of the school design process, helping stakeholders to clarify educational goals, expand their thinking with regard to architectural possibilities, and develop targeted, innovative, and dynamic building solutions. 


New Vista projects run the gamut from high- and mid-budget new construction and renovations, to large school conversions, to modular and temporary campuses, to low or no budget school "makeovers." Tailored to the needs of each new project, New Vista design consultation aims to quickly educate design teams and stakeholders on current research and best practices in school programming and facility design, and engage all participants in a multi-faceted and hands-on design experience that helps them to develop clearly articulated educational and architectural priorities, and arrive at inspired design solutions.


Project-Based Learning

New Vista offers a range of professional development workshops, curriculum design services, and ongoing technical assistance to support schools and districts in the creation and implementation of project-based, STEAM (Science,Technology, Engineering, Art and Science)-focused, and CTE (Career Tech) programming.

New Vista's work is grounded in David Stephen's 25 years of experience as a teacher at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, curriculum coordinator for Jacobs High Tech High School, and teacher trainer for a wide range of public, charter, independent and CTE schools across the U.S.


Educational Visioning

With the goal of helping schools and/or districts to move their thinking forward, and thus take maximum advantage of the opportunities afforded by a new school design project, New Vista Design’s educational visioning process provides a targeted, sequential and thorough exploration of 21st century educational goals as connected to facility design priorities and possibilities. New Vista works closely with school leadership and key stakeholders to plan and facilitate a series of customized, highly participatory and engaging workshops that explore areas of focus determined to be most essential to each school’s design and visioning needs.

The visioning process begins with an exploration of future-ready teaching and learning and best practices within forward-thinking and technology-rich learning environments.     



Areas that may be explored include the following:


  • Best Practice Examples

  • Successful programs and initiatives

  • Curricular models and implications 

  • Virtual and physical school tours

  • Future Ready Learning Goals

  • The 6 Rs and 4 Cs

  • Student-centered learning, PBL, STEAM, and CTE

  • Technology integration and blended learning

  • Articulation of school’s 21st century learning goals

  • School and District Landscape

  • School character and traditions

  • Present and future learning initiatives 

  • Strengths, Challenges, Opportunities and Goal


All Services

Facility Design

Educational Visioning

A process of exploring and articulating a forward-thinking educational vision for your district and/or schools as connected to the design of future-ready school facilities Educational Visioning Overview PDF

Design Goal Setting

A process of exploring and prioritizing future-ready "Design Partners" that can be employed with your renovated and/or new school facility

Conceptual and Schematic Design

A process of exploring spaces and adjacencies thatwill bring your educational and architecturalvision to life within your renovated and/or new facility

School Study Tours

A process of identifying relevant and inspiring school programs and facilites that can then be visited virtually or actually

Architectural Programming

A process of identifying key spaces, adjacencies and square footage requirements for your renovated and/or new buildng prgram

Design Oversight and Review

A process of reviewing evolving conceptual and schematic designs for adherance to Design Patterns and Guilding Principles that have been prioritized during the Educational Visioning process

Architect Selection and Training

A process of assisting a schoolor districct in creating, finding, interviewing and hiring the right architectural firm for their renovation and/or school project

Feasibility Studies

A process of evaluating the appropriateness of an exsiting fcilities and building sites fir renovatin and/or replacement

Educational Specifications

A process of creating and Educational Specifications document that aligns with state guidelines and sets specific goals for the design and renovted and/or new school facility

Furniture Specifications

A process of identifying priorities and options for the selection of classroom and school furniture items

Curriculum Design

Academic Visioning

A process of articulating a forward-thinking educational vision and plan for your district and/or school as connected to educational goals and best practices

Future Ready Skills

A process of exploring and articulating forward-thinking learning goals for your district and/or school as connected to local and national trends and best practices

Project Based Teaching and Learning

A process of creating a customized set of tools for the planning, implementation, assessment and exhibition of student projects

Performance Based Assessment

A process of creating a customized set of tools and practices for the formative assessment of student work

New Vista offers architectural design services that support school projects through each phase of the design process, and help design teams to develop targeted, innovative, and economical building solutions. 

Additionally, New Vista offers curriculum design services and technical assistance to support schools and districts in the creation and implementation of project-based, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Science)-focused, and CTE (Career Tech) programming.

Services include: