Our Purpose

We exist to make the world better by improving environments for learning. As an interdisciplinary team of architects and educators, we partner with school organizations to design learning spaces and experiences that promote student agency, enrich well-being, and cultivate authentic learning communities. With nearly two decades of award-winning education projects across 50+ countries, we remain deeply committed to reimagining the future of education alongside the communities we serve.

About Us

Fielding International (formerly Fielding Nair International) is a global leader in education planning and architectural design. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota—and with locations in Maryland, Michigan, Rhode Island, and Singapore—we have provided consulting services to local, regional and national governments, public school districts, private schools,  international schools, and other educational clients since 2003.

What We Do

We create tailored education design using a thoughtful interdisciplinary engagement process—our architects, designers, and educators impact every phase of the project. We help our clients to envision and design innovative schools that support student-centered learning. The environments we design form both a continuum in our exploration of learning, and also a unique expression of our school partners and their missions.

We have worked on over $10 billion worth of schools and won 15+ international planning and design awards for excellence.

VISION AND PLANNING

  • Visioning for future-forward community learning centers
  • Long-range facilities master planning
  • School facility assessments for both small and large school systems
  • Master planning for individual schools
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping
  • Demographic analyses and enrollment projections
  • Redistricting studies
  • Community consultations & workshops—for school leaders, teachers, parents, local businesses, political leaders, community residents, and all other school stakeholders
  • Project and program budgeting

SCHOOL ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

  • Complete range of architectural services—including site selection, master planning, concept design, schematic design, design development, tender documents, and on-site supervision
  • Engineering services in collaboration with our partners
  • Design architecture services—where we are responsible for taking an educational facility planning project from concept design through schematic design and design development at which point a local project architect assumes responsibility with our firm serving in a quality assurance and review role
  • Sustainable design—we integrate sustainable and environmentally conscious design in accordance with LEED and net-zero principles

EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Best practice workshops and seminars for teachers
  • Project-Based Learning (PBL) training
  • Architecture for IB programs
  • PD needs assessment
  • Design of a customized PD program
  • Delivery of PD utilizing an in-class coaching model that is more sustainable over time since it will develop trained mentors within your community and reduce your dependence on outside consultants
  • Ongoing coaching and support for administrators and teachers
  • School tours—we can conduct educational tours of schools around the world that are successfully implementing a student-centered curriculum
  • Educational commissioning—training teachers and students to get the maximum teaching and learning value from new and renovated facilities

Education Change Management

To get meaningful results, our communities will often require the development of a comprehensive plan for change. We can help schools and school districts envision and successfully implement system-wide change. Our suggested plan for change includes the following categories:

  • Desired student outcomes
  • School learning principles
  • Leadership
  • Organization/management
  • Standards
  • Assessments
  • Staffing
  • Scheduling
  • Professional Development (PD) & capacity building
  • Youth development
  • Curriculum
  • Community & business connections