Trung Le is a pioneer of Cannon Design’s education practice and has an incessant energy and passion for learning. Le is widely recognized as an advocate for incorporating multiple intelligences and learning styles in the design of education environments. As the lead designer for Cannon Design’s education group, he creates spaces that encourage student inquiry and imagination and offer students a sense of what it means to be a part of a global community.
Le also leads The Third Teacher, an education design consultancy within the ideas-based practice of Cannon Design that helps learning communities better serve 21st century learners. With an eye on the future of learning, the multidisciplinary team collaborates with these communities to formulate systemic strategies for pedagogical, curricular, and environmental change.
Le’s work has yielded awards from the Chicago, Illinois and national chapters of the American Institute of Architects during his 20 years at Cannon Design. Le’s projects have been published in such periodicals as Architectural Record, Contract Design and Edutopia. Le is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences such as Big Ideas Fest, TEDx Reset Istanbul, CEFPI and the AIA National Convention. His recent collaboration with Bruce Mau resulted in the publication of The Third Teacher, a cabinet of wonders on how design can transform the ecology of learning.
Big Idea: “A New Lens for the Emerging Learning Ecology”
Education is the mechanism which moves humanity forward. By passing on discoveries and stories from one generation to the next, we galvanize around our sacred knowledge as we forge new insights that take on the wicked challenges of our own time. The education model that propelled society forward in the 20th century engendered some remarkable successes. However, complex global challenges remain as daunting problems we must solve. A new learner-centered approach is emerging. Rather than structuring learning on mechanical processes and economic incentives, this approach takes inspiration from nature’s carefully orchestrated ecosystems and organisms.