Designing Secure Schools

Designing Secure Schools

In the wake of the tragic shootings in Connecticut, parents are asking if there's any way to make schools more secure. Architect Roger Lewis explores the challenge of designing schools that are both secure and welcoming for kids.

In the wake of the tragic shootings at a Connecticut elementary school, parents are asking if there's any way to make schools more secure. Architect Roger Lewis joins Kojo to explore the current thinking about school design and the challenge of creating buildings that both keep kids safe and make them feel welcome.

Guests

Roger Lewis

Architect; Columnist, "Shaping the City," Washington Post; and Professor Emeritus of Architecture, University of Maryland College Park

Chris Graae

Principal at Cox Graae + Spack Architects

Mwangi Kimenyi

President, RETA Security; Credentialed Physical Security Professional

Photo Gallery: School Security Architecture

Images and illustrations depicting how two D.C. public schools, Woodson High School and Wilson High School, secure the inside and outside of their academic buildings.

School Security Vestibule Schematics

Schematics for schools that have an entry vestibule for security. Document courtesy Paul Timm at RETA Security

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