The NPR member radio station, KJZZ of Phoenix, AZ, recently interviewed architect Becky Brady on their broadcast “The Show” to discuss how the design of a school can help promote safety.
A safe, secure building and an open, inviting space may seem at first to contradict each other, but it is the layering of community and inclusion that cultivates a safe environment in a school.
“The scale of a school within the community, (the school) serving as a community, and then having those micro-communities within the school,” Becky states in the interview. “All of these are working together to help ensure safety in the school.”
Becky is an architect specializing in K-12 education design and a leading advocate for the creation of safe, engaging learning environments. She is passionate about school safety, with an emphasis on prevention tactics that seamlessly blend into a positive school setting such as outdoor experiences, open design concepts, and streamlined entrances. Becky has authored content on this topic including Safer K-12 Design: School Should Look – and Feel – Like School and The Value of Outdoor Environments to K-12 Learning, Health, and Student Safety. She was also a student at Virginia Tech on campus during the 2007 shooting.
Listen to the full interview on KJZZ.