SXSW EDU to Feature Three HDR Experts

Three of HDR’s architecture employees are presenting at South by Southwest EDU’s 2018 Learn By Design competition March 5-8 in Austin, Texas.

Kevin Augustyn, design architect in Omaha’s architecture studio, along with Rebecca Stavick, executive director of the Do Space in Omaha, Nebraska, will present the Do Space project to a panel of judges. The HDR-designed project is one of 10 selected as a finalist in the competition.

The Do Space presentation will be followed by a Q&A from a panel of judges, comprising experts in the field and SXSW EDU staff. Finalists will be evaluated for innovation, accessibility, effectiveness, practicality and impact.

Minneapolis-based Brian Giebink, project architect, and Bethany DeLine, designer, along with representatives of Allsteel and Spero Academy, are speaking on a SXSW EDU panel. Their session is titled “Empathetic By Design: Designing Educational Spaces for Students with Autism.”

Giebink’s and DeLine’s session will focus on research on the current state of autism-friendly design, insights and lessons learned from the Spero Academy, a new K-6 school that HDR designed for students with autism in Minneapolis.

The SXSW EDU Learn by Design competition “celebrates the collaboration of designers and educators in the pursuit of design-based solutions to challenges within education,” according to The projects and design solutions selected enhance physical learning environments for students of all ages. Representing the categories of higher education, pre- K-12, informal learning and conceptual, one winner will be selected from each category.

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