Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Architecture (MArch)



First Committee Member

Attila Lawrence

Number of Pages



Most educators agree that effective learning is preceded by effective teaching and that the school facility should provide an environment in which the pursuit of knowledge can be promoted. This study was completed to understand that relationship between the built environment and education; The research presents a review of some of the prominent learning theories of the twentieth century along with common teaching methods and their relationships to learning theory. Following this review, common school designs are analyzed based on the overall environmental needs identified through the study of learning theory and educational practices. Furthermore, the microenvironment of the classroom is analyzed based on prior studies; A determination is presented regarding classroom size (both by student numbers and square footage allotments), shape, amenities (seating, windows, and study spaces) and the usage of interior/exterior space. Finally, a review of the best school plan types for the Las Vegas region is presented.


American; Designs; Elementary; How; Methods; Reflected; School; Schools; Teaching

Controlled Subject

Architecture; Education, Elementary

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas


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