Ennead's Alex O'Briant and Minh Tran Present at EARCOS


Ennead Principal Alex O’Briant AIA and Associate Principal Minh Tran AIA are in Bangkok this week for the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) 2023 Leadership Conference, where they will present two case studies on Ennead’s international K-12 work related to the conference theme of “Creating Safe Harbors”.

“Using Post-Occupancy Analysis to Create a More Inclusive Campus” will examine the findings from Seoul Foreign School’s evaluation of its new high school and how well it is meeting the needs of the community, and how the information from that analysis can support an even more welcoming environment.

“Promoting Belonging: A Case Study in Advancing Wellbeing and Pedagogy Through Campus Design” looks at how a campus can foster social and emotional wellbeing, and the design principles that can help to promote belonging within a learning community. Ennead’s work for the American School in Japan (ASIJ) will be the lens to explore how these principles are put into practice and result in a transformational learning environment that will create a sense of connection for all.


Getting it Right: Using Post-Occupancy Analysis to Create a More Inclusive and Welcoming Campus


Use of post-occupancy analysis to evaluate building performance and improve inclusive practices


Seoul Foreign School has evaluated its new high school, completed five years ago, to determine how well it is meeting the needs of the community. The analysis has identified several adjustments that can EASILY be made to craft a more inclusive and welcoming environment. SFS will present its findings and engage the audience in a discussion of lessons learned on other campuses.


Don Weinreich, FAIA is a Partner at Ennead Architects who brings deep experience with K-12, international school, and higher education clients. Don is dedicated to guiding clients to think both broadly and specifically about their facilities and how these can help realize their institutional missions through architecture.

Alex O'Briant, AIA, is a Principal at Ennead Architects and has led the planning, programming, and design of numerous academic buildings, exploring the movement towards interdisciplinary learning and educational spaces that are shaped by communal engagement. Alex's creative approach is driven by the belief that design and institutional culture can merge to create intellectual communities that prioritize learning over teaching and teamwork over individual achievement.