Franklin Hill & Associates History
35+ Years of "Futurism" and Creative Learning Spaces
Some think a futurist is some kind of a psychic. Not true! A futurist is a person who sees the present very clearly and can effectively project it forward in deeds and actions.
- What is the current situation?
- Does the trend really improve learning in the proposed circumstance?
- Will the trend last?
- Is the trend right for the intended community?
- Will staff adopt it successfully and with vigor?
- Does it make economic sense?
- Is the resultant design solution practical and flexible?
We believe our predictions have been accurate, practical, and are still used today!
2015 to Present
All students are special, and the fundamental demands essential to autism learning can and should be beneficially applicable and applied to all student learning and school environments.
Successful planning for the future must be based on a legitimate understanding of existing circumstances and educational trends. Then, appropriate trends must be conceptualized in practical designs that will be successful in new or remodeled schools.
As an urban planner, Hill’s work on a middle/high school project in Lafayette Louisiana became part of the Sugar Mill Pond community and will share facilities with the residential community and support stability of real estate values. When planning for the future, each incremental step must be tested against whether the trend continues and the idea will be successfully employed by others.
FHA assisted in planning future training facilities for thousands of foreign nurses to ultimately supplement international medical profession demands. Countries included the Philippines and Ghana.
Facility planning focused on unique cultural elements that impact learning style, modality, and technology use.
Low achieving students and gifted students appear to receive reduced educational opportunity because of the building design – “The Learning GAP”.
The Master Plan solution addresses and solved this problem.
FH&A reversed the question during his planning of the Enrenco Station community in Oregon. Hill asked, “How can the community itself be planned to better meet the emerging 21 Century needs of children?”
This question turned the planning process on its ear to create “small living communities” for children, within the larger emerging urban/suburban community.
Copper Hills High Schools, Utah - MHTN Architects
- FH & A provided exclusive educational facility planning for the Disney Celebration School working with national experts:
- David Johnson, Ph.D.
- Robert Johnson, Ph.D.
- Robert Slavens, Ph.D.
- Bill Glasser, Ph.D.
- Howard Gardner, PhD
- Florida League of Teachers
- This project creates the first “Small Schools” model for integrated learning neighborhoods.
- Hill integrates the school and campus plan into the Celebration community in coordination with Robert Stern, the project urban planner.
- Design architect: William Rohn Architects, Boston.
National School Board Publication
Creating Schools as “Learning Tools”
Over-head roof were re-designed to promote naturally drafted air through adjacent general classrooms in a unique energy conservation effort.
- Hill plans the first corporate partnership 21st century school in North American with assistance from:
- Disney World
- Sea World
- General Electric
- PBS Broadcasting
- Florida Solar Energy Center
Dr. Philip’s High School became the most visited high school ever built in North America.
Hill was VP for Educational Planning with PDR Architects of Orlando, Florida.