Higher Education

Colleges and universities are reinventing the student experience to activate learning through collaborative discovery and research.

The Future of STEM

Trinity University

Center for the Sciences & Innovation

An inventive Makerspace drives up STEM enrollment at this #1-ranked liberal arts college.

Mountaintop Machine

Mountaintop Campus' flexible high-bay space

Lehigh University

Mountaintop Campus

The adaptive use of this former Bethlehem Steel research facility is revolutionizing college education by giving Lehigh students the freedom and unique Makerspace to "effect constructive, sustainable change."

Innovation Modernization

The Maker Movement… What’s Next?

by Kip Ellis, Toni Loiacano

The Maker experience represents a profound change in how things are being created today. The formal boundaries and divisions between people of different backgrounds and skills are not only dissolved by the Creative Class, they are informed by the interaction brought about by diversity of ideas, experience, and contribution to advancement. As designers of multidisciplinary research and teaching/learning environments of all kinds and active members of an academic faculty team running an interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial maker studio, our experience helps create more idealized and appealing environments that attract, retain, and engage the Creative Class and help those who wish to learn more about this valuable paradigm. The experience of Making offers great hope for making our world a better place through innovation, and the ultimate beneficiaries of these efforts will be all of us, together.

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New York University

College of Nursing, College of Dentistry & Bioengineering Institute

New York, NY

Health Education

Simulation labs increase opportunities for students to refine skills and advanced techniques in an inter-professional environment.

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University of Houston

Student Center

Houston, TX

Student Life

Bigger, brighter, and better than ever, the facility celebrates the University's academic leadership and the power of Cougar pride.

Exterior facade of Loyola Science Center at dusk

University of Scranton

Loyola Science Center

Scranton, PA

STEM

Prominently sited alongside a highway, this signature campus gateway communicates the intellectual rigor that is a hallmark of the Jesuit tradition.

Research Reveals ROI

In this conference presentation, Vice President for Design & Expertise Leila Kamal shares quantitative data that demonstrate the positive impact of flexible spaces on student engagement and learning.

STEM Research Collaborative Space

Seaworthy

SUNY Maritime College

Academic Building

This signature building is inspired by its prominent and challenging NYC harborfront site.

Exterior of Virginia Tech New Classroom Building

Virginia Tech

New Classroom Building

Blacksburg, VA

Academic Innovation

Informed by research and concept testing, unique classrooms activate collaborative learning.

view of student lounge

Framingham State University

North Hall

Framingham, MA

Student Life

Flanking wings extend from a central glass “lantern” where lounges bridge neighborhoods to foster a more home-like environment.

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Bowie State University

Fine and Performing Arts Center

Bowie, MD

Arts

Dynamic design positions the performing arts to play a starring role in the region’s economic development.

Awards & Honors

  1. Green Building Award

    City of San Antonio

    Trinity University

    Center for the Sciences & Innovation

  2. Honor Award for Design Excellence

    AIA New England

    College of the Holy Cross

    Integrated Science Complex

  3. Palladio Award

    Traditional Building Magazine

    Harvard University

    Widener Library

Living-Learning Research Shows Residential Community Spaces Crucial to Student Success

by Sara Stein

Residential community spaces, including lounges and study areas, come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are crucial to the engagement of students within residence halls. In an article for StudentHousingBusiness.com, EYP student life planner Sara Stein shares our research demonstrating the value – to individuals, the campus community, and the institution – of including an adequate number of flexible community spaces.

An engaged student population builds a strong sense of community, which then directly links back to individual student satisfaction. Engaged and involved students are much more likely to stay on campus at their institution, give back to the community at large, and likely contribute back to their campus as alumni.

Designing innovative, forward-thinking learning environments with students in mind creates stronger opportunities for student-faculty interaction, enhancing the academic environment and fostering success.

John Baxter, AIA, LEED AP Higher Education Sector Leader