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Moses Brown Community & Performance Center

We believe in coming together to learn, play, perform and celebrate.

The Community & Performance Center is…

• A place where students will gather, perform, exhibit, present, rehearse, act, dance, study, announce, graduate, and meet.

• A facility that can be set up for events of different sizes, with different stage &audience configurations.

• A place that fosters interconnection and encourages learning in both formal and informal ways

• A unique summer performance space for regional theatre/music groups

• A project designed by internationally renowned architects of Third Teacher & team at Cannon Design in Chicago.



The Community & Performance Center will…

• instill in students a confidence for presenting, displaying, and defending their work in public.

• foster creativity, not only through theatre and music, but through spontaneous, cross-divisional and cross-disciplinary interaction.

• Create a new sense of home, pride and community by providing one place to meet, gather and celebrate.

• Serve as a physical and symbolic nexus of the campus, connecting all three divisions.

• Provide a flexible platform for students to design and arrange their own learning, performance and exhibition environments.

• Emerge from a participatory design and development led by globally recognized leaders in the field of education and architecture.

• Come to symbolize and embody seminal, memorable moments in a student’s life.

From: Moses Brown Community and Performing Arts Center



Cover Art
The Third Teacher - OWP/P Cannon Design, Inc. Staff; VS Furniture Staff; Bruce Mau Design Staff
ISBN: 9780810989986
Publication Date: 2010-03-01
Created by an international team of architects and designers concerned about our failing education system, The Third Teacher explores the critical link between the school environment and how children learn, and offers 79 practical design ideas, both great and small, to guide reader’s efforts to improve our schools.

Cover Art
Creative Confidence - David Kelley; Tom Kelley
ISBN: 9780385349369
Publication Date: 2013-10-15
IDEO founder and Stanford creator David Kelley and his brother Tom Kelley, IDEO partner and the author of the bestselling The Art of Innovation, have written a powerful and compelling book on unleashing the creativity that lies within each and every one of us.

Cover Art
Creating Innovators - Tony Wagner
ISBN: 9781451611496
Publication Date: 2012-04-17
IN THIS GROUNDBREAKING BOOK, education expert Tony Wagner provides a powerful rationale for developing an innovation-driven economy. He explores what parents, teachers, and employers must do to develop the capacities of young people to become innovators.

Cover Art
Make Space - Scott Doorley; Scott Witthoft; Hasso Platner Institute of Design at Stanford University Staff; David Kelley (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781118143728
Publication Date: 2012-01-03
"If you are determined to encourage creativity and provide a collaborative environment that will bring out the best in people, you will want this book by your side at all times." An inspiring guidebook filled with ways to alter space to fuel creative work and foster collaboration.


Design Thinking Approach


  We don't want to come up with a really good solution to the wrong problem!


Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University (the "")


Creative Confidence


Third Teacher + by Cannon Design


Design for change

We believe that design can be a powerful driver of organizational learning and change. Our process is human-centered, connection seeking, experiential, and iterative. We believe that this approach and mindset is crucial to uncovering who we are as organizations, communities, and cultures and shaping who we want to become. Our process helps us facilitate authentic and holistic conversations on change. The design of places and spaces helps make manifest these shared values and empowers communities to learn, work, play, create, and connect more richly. 


A new lens for the emerging learning ecology: Trung Le


Reimagining School: Why Creativity and Innovation Matter


Perkins Eastman - Great Designs

Concordia International School

Shanghai, China

K- 12 Client list

Perkins Eastman views every school project as an opportunity to understand the present and envision the future, each time challenging ourselves to create relevant and inspiring learning environments that propel students to identify their potential to grow. We believe that schools should function as the centers of their communities. Our passion is to improve school facilities for our national and international school clients by incorporating each institution's unique core values, goals, and mission.


Realities of school and life

           Let's mix it up!

           Image: by Gever Tulley



Lovett School and Cannon Design (Third Teacher +) Experience


Moses Brown School and Cannon Design (Third Teacher +) Experience

Dean Woodman ’46 & Community & Performing Arts Center

Expert Thinking, iLab & World-Class Teaching


Architect Trung Le, principal for the Third Teacher + group of Cannon Design, is working with the MB community in the design of this innovative space.


Design Thinking in Schools


Strategic Planning

I like the SWOT data we gathered from the Focus groups in 2011

I wish we had an opportunity to reflect and utilize the data to inform our discussions

It would be game changing if we applied Design Thinking to drive discussions about the task at hand



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