Dina is an award-winning, nationally recognized K-12 Education design leader, strategist, public speaker, and author with a notable background for achievement in the design of healthy, high-performance schools. Dina’s unique background in the arts, architecture, and interdisciplinary research informs her holistic approach to designs for learning that stimulate well-being and creativity. Dina’s commitment to interdisciplinary exploration drives the development of advantageous frameworks for innovation in architecture and applicable research for future-forward designs. Fluent in all aspects of educational philosophy, Dina’s penchant for ‘seeing through the eyes of a child’ gives priority to what activates learning environments for all learners by design. Dina’s passion is to combine architecture, lived experiences, and well-designed affordances to support learning diversity now and into the future. have pioneered significant contributions to school architecture and public health resulting in the development of the first ever health-promotion design guidelines for school architecture. learner-centered models like the Most Livable Building in the U.S. Bluestone Elementary School in Harrisonburg VA [USA Living Buildings Award UC Berkeley Center for the Built Environment] and the health-promoting James D. MacConnell Award Finalist Carter G. Woodson Education Complex in Dillwyn, VA in addition to the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Award Winner Discovery Elementary School [largest Net Zero Energy school] in Arlington, VA.
Dina is the co-chair of the national AIA-CAE [American Institute of Architects – Committee on Architecture for Education] Research Subcommittee and founder/editor of Dialogues: Emerging Research at the Intersection of Designs for Learning published annually by Learning by Design, V/S America, and the AIA-CAE Foundation.