Amy Yurko

Sunday, March 10, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Ferrara Theatre, America Center
Core Competencies: Facilities Management, Student Learning, Planning, Communication

Amy Yurko is an architect. She is also an educator, writer, speaker/presenter, and community volunteer.

Yurko is the founder of BrainSpaces, a consulting firm that offers collaborative visioning, programming, and planning expertise to school districts throughout the United States. She is both a licensed architect and educator who believes in applying brain-based strategies to the design of learning environments.

Yurko has developed a keen understanding of the challenges in education today and how they can be addressed through effective learning environments. Her thoughtful integration of education, learning, and architecture allows for fresh approaches to programming and planning as well as accurate translations of educational goals into clear and effective directions for school facilities. For more than 20 years, she has planned and designed meaningful places for learners throughout the country and around the world. Yurko has participated in the planning and design of more than $1 million of public and private, domestic, and international school projects, ensuring that best practices in educational facility planning and design are considered throughout the project’s development.

A recognized expert in her field, Yurko is consistently invited to teach, speak, write, and participate in design juries and summits. As designated advocate for curriculum strategies on the national American Institute of Architects’ Board Knowledge Committee, she is leading efforts to strengthen continuing education for its 80,000 members worldwide. An engaging communicator and facilitator, she demonstrates an innate ability to envision, coordinate, and apply complex solutions to challenging design projects. She is known for her straightforward style and no-nonsense approach and has a proven talent for bringing people and ideas together in new ways—promoting dynamic collaborations with compelling results. Yurko received her Bachelor of Arts in architecture and her Master of Architecture degrees from Washington University in St. Louis.

Amy is passionate about learning environments and physical space, which relates to our work in the college union and student activities field. It will help us to better understand the needs of our students in terms of their academic and cocurricular learning inside and outside the classroom.

Updated Jan. 9, 2013