Dina Sorensen

Dina Sorensen



Dina's design philosophy posits the need for a new architecture to translate and express the ongoing dialectical relationship between pedagogical theory and individual agency across the K12 spectrum. Incorporating design ecologies that encourage creativity, diversity, connectivity, and a symbiotic relationship between nature and technology – the newly opened Buckingham County Primary and Elementary Schools celebrate the sophisticated, multisensory intelligences of children through a healthy foodscape and a positive physical activity environment that further the integrated relationship between pedagogy and architecture.

Trained at Parsons School of Design, NYC/Paris, and the University of Virginia – her background in art, design, architecture, art theory/criticism, and film underscores her belief in the necessity of nourishing creativity, imagination, and discovery as pathways for innovation, invention, and a lifelong love of learning.

Dina's current primary research – collaborating with public health and childhood obesity researchers – investigates the impact of school design on healthy eating behaviors and socio-cultural norms among students. Her collaboration with VS America, Dr. Terry Huang of the University of Nebraska, and Dr. Trowbridge of the University of Virginia resulted in the publication of Insights 3: Healthy by Design / Architecture’s New Terrain - The Dining Commons / Promoting Healthy + Active FoodSmart™ Kids as well as several peer-reviewed scientific journal articles published by the American Journal of Public Health, CDC and PlosOne. Dina currently serves as the chair of the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education’s Research Task Force.