Shirley Dugdale, AIA


Shirley Dugdale, Principal of Dugdale Strategy LLC, leads all engagements and is nationally recognized for her expertise in learning environments and library planning.

Throughout her career Shirley has been interested in planning that stimulates transformation and in building types that are subject to rapid technological change.  While working with libraries and institutions rethinking their services, pedagogy and organizations, she has helped many to envision how space can support strategic change.  Prior to starting the practice in 2012, she was a Director of DEGW North America and led their Learning Environments practice for thirteen years, doing many strategic planning and programming projects in higher education and collaborating within DEGW’s international community of practice.

She developed her Learning Landscape approach in 2001 to inform the planning of learning spaces in libraries as a response to the wider campus context and increasing mobility. Since then she has continued to seek out initiatives that will help influence our next generation of innovative buildings.

  • Learning Space Rating System, co-creator with the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative since its inception in 2010

  • Learning Space Collaboratory, Advisory Committee member, LSC Assessment Initiative Leadership Task Force member

  • FLEX space (Flexible Learning Environments Exchange) Research & Evaluation Working Group member


  • American Institute of Architects

  • Society of College & University Planners

  • American Library Association

  • Association of College & Research Libraries

  • EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative

  • Learning Spaces Collaboratory


Master of Architecture,
Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Bachelor of Arts
Smith College

Registered Architect
New York