Imagine a Place Podcast with Meredith Williams and Doug Shapiro

Can design thinking fix education?

Today, we bring you a story about a school in North Carolina and how the power of place transformed the future for a group of high school students. Meredith Williams is the principal at North Rowan High School. Her story takes us behind the scenes on how the courage to see things differently opened up a new world of possibilities for her students. Today, with visionary leadership and a new way of thinking about learning spaces and curriculum, they’re changing the conversation about how we can inspire young minds.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Education Design
  • Design Thinking
  • Human Experience
  • Learning Spaces

Quotes from Meredith Williams:

“Students are taught by more than their teachers. They are taught by their environment.”

“We started looking into design thinking as a way to encourage students to use what makes them uniquely themselves—their creativity and ability to work with others—to think about problems in a different way.”

Watch the full Imagine a Place story:

Related Imagine a Place podcast episodes: 

Katherine Ankerson (University of Nebraska-Lincoln): Design education in the new world.

Brigitte Preston (Perkins+Will): Creating environments of meaning

Regan Donoghue (Newmark Knight Frank): Design thinking for the new world


  • Doug Shapiro
  • Meredith Williams
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