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Designing an UIC Classroom

Project: University of Illinois at Chicago Standard Classroom – from status quo beige to flying high color and textures to inspire students

Challenge: Remake a standard classroom in Lincoln Hall to create an enhanced learning experience for university students, i.e. keep them from falling asleep!


Starting point: Small windows, obsolete blackboard covering a large wall, many shades of beige


Timeline: All work had to be completed over a 4 week school winter break


Results: on time, on target

Design elements: Ebullient color palette with stencils of birds and geese interspersed throughout the room. Rear blackboard (originally scheduled to be removed at a hefty cost) was transformed into a mural, mirroring the elements of nature in the room. A custom wooden teacher’s desk was added to create a feeling of warmth, as was wood trim on the blackboard which mimics the existing coat rack. Crimson, pale blue and amber glass tiles which repeat themes within the room were installed at the tops of the windows. The radiator and both sides of the classroom door were hand painted with ethnic and vintage designs.

Feedback: The “new” classroom has gotten an enthusiastic “thumbs up” from the students and teachers. Word on the street calls for more “Ranchizing” to help increase brain wave activity and improve test scores.


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