The designed environment is a spatial experience model capable of addressing many of the complexities involved in how we learn.

Famed psychologist Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences suggests that people learn in alignment with their intelligence (or, abilities), which take multiple forms; including musical-rhythmic, visual-spatial, verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic. Gardner was one of the first to acknowledge the diverse ways that people develop knowledge. Environments and exhibits create opportunities for many kinds of interactions, supporting diverse learning styles and expanding people’s access to information and ideas.


Gardner, H. (1993). Frames of mind: The theory of multiple intelligences. New York, NY: BasicBooks.