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    Amy M. Yurko, AIA

    Amy M. Yurko, AIA

    Adjunct Associate Professor
    Principal/Director, BrainSpaces


    Office Hours:
    Phone: 312.567.3230
    Fax: 312.567.5820
    Web: BrainSpaces.com


    • Educational facilities programming, planning and design


    • M.Arch., Washington University, St. Louis

    Curriculum Vitae

    Courses Taught

    Research & Major Accomplishments

    Over her 20+ year career as an architect, planner and educator, Amy has planned and designed meaningful places for learners throughout the country and around the world. She has been involved in the needs assessments, programming, facility planning and design of over $1 billion of public and private, domestic and international school projects, promoting best practices and brain-based considerations throughout the projects' development.

    A recognized expert in her field, Amy is consistently invited to teach, speak, write and participate in design juries. As Chair of the Continuing Education Committee for the American Institute of Architects, she is leading efforts to develop curriculum-based professional development strategies for its 85,000 members worldwide.  She has taught in the professional development program at Harvard Graduate School of Design and has taught design studios at Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Southern California.

    Current Projects

    • Facilitation, Vision Planning and Programming for individual districts throughout the State of Wyoming Public Schools


    • AIA CAE Honor Award, 2008, Marysville Getchell High School



    Selected Publications

    “The League of Extraordinary School Designers” – Panel, AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE), 2008

    “Vision to Reality: The Planning & Design of Marysville Getchell High School” – AIA  CAE Spring Conference, 2008

    “Matri.ARCH.itect” – AIA National Convention, San Antonio, 2007, & by-line article in AIArchitect, 12/2007

    “Calculating School Capacity: Local, State & National Perspectives” – CEFPI, 84th Annual International Conference, 2007

    “Managing Design” - AIA National Convention, Las Vegas, 2005

    “Educational Adequacy Assessments: Case Studies” – CEFPI 82nd Annual International Conference, 2005

    Practice Management Digest – Quarterly Digest of the AIA PMKC, Editor, 2005

    “Mastering the Metrics that Matter” - AIA Practice Management Conference, 2004

    “Community Use Spaces in the K-12 Learning Environment” – by-line article, School Planning & Management, 2004

    “Planning Surge Space for the Expanding College Campus” – by-line article, College Planning & Management, 2003

    “The Role of Aesthetics in Quality School Design” - CEFPI Alaska Chapter, Annual Conference, 2002

    “Utilizing Cultural Context in Planning International Schools” – AAIE Annual Conference, 2000

    Chicago Women in Architecture - Projects Exhibited, Art Institute of Chicago, 1998

    “School Construction Report: The State of the US School Market” – by-line article, 1998

    Professional Society Memberships

    Editorial Board Service

    Professional Society Service

    Grants and Fellowships

    Community Service