Randall Fielding

Chairman of Fielding Nair International

United States of America

Randall Fielding (AIA), is the Chairman and Design Director of Fielding Nair International, LLC (FNI), an award-winning school planning and design firm with studios in Minneapolis, Tampa, New York, Washington D.C., Melbourne, and Mumbai. The firm has provided design consultations in 27 countries. Randy leads FNI’s mission to empower students to take charge of their own learning, providing them with light-filled, richly varied environments that unleash each learner’s passion for learning.

Randy is recognized as an international authority on school design and has received more than a dozen design awards, including the CEFPI Planner of the Year Award in 2007—the most prestigious honor of any individual in the field of educational design. One of Randy’s “signatures” is his ability to come down off of the podium, sharing ideas with political leaders, educators, and children with equal passion. This spirit of sharing extends to more than a million people each year, through DesignShare.com, an online forum for innovative learning environments that Randy founded in 1998. He continues to serve as DesignShare’s Creative Director, but the focus of his work is to lead communities in the design of environmentally responsive campuses that foster personalized learning and strong connections to the community. 

Randy’s design work leverages more than 500 case studies from 30 countries — the largest library of innovative school designs in the world. The interactive planning and design process pioneered by FNI is also grounded in a seminal book that Randy co-authored with Prakash Nair, entitled The Language of School Design. The book establishes key learning modalities and design patterns for success in the Creative Age. Randy uses these research-based design patterns as a launching point for developing customized solutions for each individual community, campus, school or district that FNI works with.