Learning Without Classrooms

The environment experienced by teachers and students in our schools is a function of a series of integrally related elements--Instruction, Technology, Time, Facilities Funding and Community—each impacting the other. To improve schooling, we must address all of these elements concurrently—incremental change will not work. The program will delineate how each of these elements might be shaped to create schooling for the future in the context of new schools and in transformed existing schools in diverse communities across the country.


Frank S. Kelly, FAIA is a planner and architect with a particular interest in education. He is Senior Planner with Stantec in their Houston office which is entirely focused on architecture for education—K-12 and post-secondary. A graduate of Rice University’s School of Architecture and a licensed architect, he taught at the University of Tennessee. He has served for more than 30 years on the RSA Dean’s Advisory Council and participated in many student reviews/juries. In 1984, he was elected to the AIA’s College of Fellows for his work in design. In 2009, Frank was named CEFPI's Southern Region Planner of the Year. Mr. Kelly has made presentations at education conferences including TASA/TASB, ASCD, TASCD, CEFPI, NSBA, ISTE, and USAA. He has co-authored two books with Ian Jukes and Ted McCain (Learning Without Classrooms, Teaching the Digital Generation) and a paper for Children at Risk’s Journal of Applied Research for Children entitled Artifacts of Schooling.