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Dr. Jeff Lackney is partner, educational planner and architect with Fielding Nair International. Through School Design Studio, he conducts design research and publishes widely on learning environments.

Jeff Lackney has committed over 20 years of practice as a licensed architect to creating high-quality visionary learning environments for children and youth around the world. Dr. Lackney is dedicated to authentic community involvement in school planning, believing that the best solutions come from working in concert with people to identify desires and expectations for the future of education, and building on the creative potential of the surrounding community culture. Currently, with FNI, he advocates innovative vision-driven approaches to planning for education working on projects in the United States, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and the Cayman Islands.

In addition to his practical experience in school design, Dr. Lackney has conducted extensive research, published and presented internationally on the influence of the physical setting on learning, assessing the fit between educational programs and older buildings, community-based planning, action research, planning for small learning communities, the role of the physical setting in mediating school climate and culture, post-occupancy evaluation in schools, and neighborhood schools planning. He is co-author of a new textbook entitled “Educational Facilities Planning: Leadership, Architecture and Management”, published by Allyn and Bacon in 2006. He published a highly proclaimed digest entitled "Thirty-three Educational Design Principles for Schools and Community Learning" for the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF) that outlines innovative strategies and trends in educational design. He work has attracted the attention of media outlets CNN.com, NY Times, BBC Radio, National Educational Association (NEA) and Edutopia.

Prior to his educational planning consultancy practice, Dr. Lackney was assistant professor within the Department of Engineering Professional Development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he conducted continuing education courses in architecture and facility management. He manages several websites dedicated to collaborative design and action research at School Design Studio. Visit http://schoolstudio.engr.wisc.edu and http://schoolstudio.typepad.com/. From 1998 to 2000, he served as the first director of the Educational Design Institute (EDI) at Mississippi State University, an interdisciplinary collaborative between the College of Education and the School of Architecture that promotes innovative practices in educational facility planning and design. He also worked as educational planning consultant with Hammel Green & Abrahamson, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN from 1997-1998, and served as assistant director of the Johnson Controls Institute for Environmental Quality in Architecture at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1995-1998.