Our approach to crafting learning environments is unique: it’s grounded in the many years of international experience gained by Peter C Lippman as an educator, researcher and educational facility planner.

As educators, we understand pedagogy and the learning process.  This knowledge provides insight into the everyday experiences of learners and what needs to occur to create a personalized learning environment.  Furthermore, this knowledge allows us to build relationships with educators.

As researchers, our investigations are grounded in Evidence Based Design. Past and current research provides insight in to how learning environments function and how to organize places to support the manner in which learners acquire knowledge.  The research leads to the realization of places where students are inspired to learn and enjoy being in school every day.

Building on the recommendations, an educational brief (educational space program) is prepared that embodies the soul, the mission and vision, of each setting in the learning environment.  Whether a module classroom, renovation of an existing building, or new construction, we have been able to create activity based learning environments that support the everyday experiences of learners.

Given our approach and background, the wording in the brief can be transferred and transformed into a spatial design that supports the trans-actions, goals and motivations of the learning community.  Each design is unique, because it is crafted to suit the needs of a specific learning community.  This approach has been successful in Sweden, Australia and the United States; for settings are supportive to the ways that teachers teach and learners learn.  The reason for this is that the ends justify the means.

‘If a place is desired that encourages learning, it cannot be designed to WOW the community, but rather must be designed with an understanding of what occurs every day.’ Peter C Lippman

Assoc. American Institute of Architects, Recognized Educational Facility Planner


City University of New York
Doctoral Program in Environmental Psychology;
Masters of Philosophy;
Masters of Science in Psychology,
Bachelor of Architecture,
Bachelors of Science in Architecture.

Columbia College, New York, New York
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.

Professional Experience

EIW Architects, Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia; 2011-2016). Associate Director involved in all phases of the architectural practice.

JCJ Architecture, New York, NY; 2006-2011.  Educational Facility and Resource Planner involved in all phases of the architectural practice.

Body-Lawson Associates, Architects & Planners, New York, NY; 2005-2006   Responsible for managing the Mt Calvary Pentecostal Faith Church in Manhattan, New York and The Co-op City Intergenerational Outreach Community Center, Baptist Church in The Bronx.

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP, New York, NY; July 2004 to June 2005.  Assisted with the Construction Administration Phase of the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City a joint venture with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

Perkins Eastman Architects, New York, NY; March 2001 to July 2004.  Project Architect

Studio A + T Architects, New York, NY; 2000-2001.  Project Manager for the Adult and Pediatrics Aids Clinic for Harlem Hospital in New York City.


“Peter’s enthusiasm is so infectious! He has helped us create an environment that will encourage staff to relax in an informal setting.”
Eric Radice

Yule Brook College, Paddington Western Australia