David Epstein (photo Oliver Parini)

David Epstein AIA, LEED AP

Managing Principal


David is available to speak at meetings, conferences, and events. For more information, please contact: David Epstein, AIA, LEED AP Managing Principal depstein@truexcullins.com 802.488.8214

David Epstein AIA, LEED AP

Managing Principal

David leads TruexCullins’ Education Studio in the design of K-12 schools both in the US and overseas. He has brought his leadership in sustainability and educational design to international schools in 11 countries on 3 continents, and has spoken on these issues at the Nordic Network (keynote), AAIE, CEESA, ECIS and AASSA conferences and writes about 21st Century School Design for the blog “Digital Crayon“.

PRESENTATIONS Flexible Learning Environments 

Effective schools today offer many pathways to learning. Students learn in a variety of settings: alone, in groups, by doing projects, with movement or skits; each mode playing to different learner’s strengths. In combination with rapid technological change, it is no wonder educational facilities must provide flexible and adaptable learning environments. From furniture to design to construction, this session will provide an overview of the exciting possibilities and potential issues you may face when exploring these concepts at your school. We will look at examples of both built projects and design examples and may just rearrange the furniture before we are done!

High Performance Learning Environments

Learn how to create learning environments where kids can excel by design. High performance schools optimize daylighting, indoor air quality and energy efficient strategies to create superior school facilities. This discussion centers on practical strategies that boost student performance and demonstrate environmental stewardship while saving on energy and maintenance costs.

Design for the Whole Child

The mission of our schools has expanded beyond purely academic goals to meet the needs of the whole child. Learn how school design can promote your school’s academic, social, health and community goals for each student. See how innovative, flexible, collaborative environments facilitate 21st century learning approaches. Hear how informal social spaces foster interaction and support the creation of your learning community.

Greening Your Existing Facility

Learn about the meaning of green utilizing the LEED Green Building Rating System as a framework for understanding sustainable design principles. This presentation explores both the goals and the process for reducing your environmental footprint using case studies from international and US based projects Walk away with concrete examples for action at your school.

Emerging Trends in School Design

This engaging talk explores the impact of 21st century learning concepts on facility design and renovation. What kind of spaces do schools need today to create effective learning environments? We will look at these issues through the lens the whole child. How do we meet the learning, wellness and community needs of our students? In this talk, we will discuss the many ways schools from around the world are addressing these important needs.


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