SHANA HETHERINGTON

Little Diversified Architectural Consulting

SAY IT LOUD - North Carolina Exhibitor

North Carolina Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Innovative educators! Not all people learn the same way; so why create schools that are all the same? Understanding social and emotional responses is so critical in creating effective learning spaces for students and the communities they support.

SHANA HETHERINGTON

Bio:

I am a licensed architect who has developed a broad range of experience in the design, planning and construction of K-12 and higher education facilities. My emphasis is on immersive learning environments, building design, building technology and the design process. My passion is for sustainable living and design and their impacts upon people and learning. I’m focused on creating educational spaces that help shape the lives of children and in supporting clients to exceed their educational goals

 

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

I’m the daughter of an engineer and realtor. I grew up analyzing homes and then figuring out how to make them better. I loved walking through unbuilt houses just thinking about how people will shape their lives one day in these spaces.

What do you do?

I’m a problem solver. A community builder. Technically, a project manager, but I like to think I’m helping create solutions that support clients to do their jobs in ways they couldn’t have imagined they needed.

What excites you in the work you do?

People. I like working with communities, and groups of individuals. It’s important to collaborate by bringing a variety of viewpoints, social differences, and ages together in order to create a space that all groups view themselves experiencing.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Innovative educators! Not all people learn the same way; so why create schools that are all the same? Understanding social and emotional responses is so critical in creating effective learning spaces for students and the communities they support.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Every Opening Day! Seeing the responses kids have is my proudest moment every time. Comments like, “Wow, they did this for US?” when the school prior was over 60 years old and the kids didn’t think they deserved more.

Featured Project Name: 

CMS Olympic Relief High School

 

Featured Project Location: 

Charlotte, NC

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

Summer 2023

 

Role in Featured Project: 

Project Manager

 

Featured Project Description:

CMS's latest high school creates a safe, healthy, immersive and resilient learning community. It will incorporate core academics for 2500 students, sciences, arts, and career technologies such as environmental sciences and advanced manufacturing. The school is infused with natural light, allowing connection to the outdoors and biophilic design choices. Areas for gathering outside of classroom interactions were included to support the social and emotional well-being for all students.

Photography Credit:

Skyscraper 3d - Little

Featured Project Name: 

Charlotte Latin Upper School

 

Featured Project Location: 

Charlotte, NC

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2018

 

Role in Featured Project: 

Project Manager

 

Featured Project Description:

Charlotte Latin’s ambitious goal for the new upper school classroom and central administration building was to create a clear entry threshold to campus and a 21st Century Learning Environment. By creating a easily identifiable entry tower and transparent lobby, a new identity for the campus was created. This idea of transparency was furthered in the design of the learning spaces, creating flexible and adaptable 21st Century Immersive Learning environments.

Photography Credit:

N/A

Featured Project Name: 

Shamrock Gardens Elementary school

 

Featured Project Location: 

Charlotte, NC

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

Summer 2022

 

Role in Featured Project: 

Project Manager

 

Featured Project Description:

To accommodate explosive growth in Mecklenburg County, the 1953 school will be replaced with a modern learning environment. The school is centered around a secure courtyard for playground, outdoor learning, and the raised plant and butterfly gardens that are a significant part of school history and learning. To create a healthier learning environment, hand sinks are conveniently located outside the cafeteria and classroom wing where students leave the playground, to encourage hand washing.

Photography Credit:

Skyscraper 3d - Little