STEM

Inspiring one million more STEM grads and promoting interdisciplinary thinking is critical to our nation’s future.

Science on Display

University of Scranton

Loyola Science Center

Transparent design and strategic adjacencies of labs and classrooms with informal spaces make science more accessible.

Design Impact of STEM Buildings

Chem lab with wall of windows

Since the opening of the Taylor Science Center in 2005, Hamilton College has seen a 33% increase in STEM majors - a rate nearly twice the national average. Our analysis of the data - statistical indicators maintained by various campus offices, including Admissions, the Dean of Faculty’s office, and the Registrar’s Office - assessed the impact of our STEM facility design on multiple organizational goals, including student satisfaction, faculty turnover, and grant funding. 

Research Advancing Mission

Facilitating STEAM Education

Wheaton College

Mars Center for Science and Technology

The design of the Mars Center supports Wheaton's approach to unifying the arts and sciences, moving from STEM to STEAM to educate whole-brain thinkers.

Advancing Mission STEM Research
Common learning area

James Madison University

Bioscience Buiding

Harrisonburg, VA

STEM

Environmental stewardship presents educational opportunities inside and around an innovative facility.

exterior view of building

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Feigenbaum Center for Science & Innovation

North Adams, MA

STEM

Educating tomorrow’s workforce in biotechnology, nanotechnology, engineering, and health care is of vital economic importance.

exterior view of building showing main entrance

Middle Tennessee State University

Science Building

Murfreesboro, TN

STEM

Tomorrow’s leaders in science education are testing experimental learning spaces today.

Exterior facade at dusk

College of the Holy Cross

Integrated Science Complex

Worcester, MA

STEM

Transparent design brings science out from behind closed doors to make this interdisciplinary center a campus destination.

Recruiting

A dynamic and inviting building makes it clear that STEM has a high priority on campus, and inspires everyone to greater challenges.

Advancing Mission

Design Impact: Rethinking the STEM Building

by Leila Kamal

The most successful colleges and universities we know with new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) buildings have not merely built new buildings, they have rethought them from the ground up. These institutions have radically redesigned them — either building entirely new structures or dramatically renovating existing ones — in ways that have improved professors’ teaching and students’ learning processes. The impacts, which EYP has tracked during the last 10 years and chronicled in our formal research studies, have been eye-opening in four dimensions: student enrollment and retention; faculty recruitment; learning experience; research and collaboration opportunities.

Design Research in Action

Garage doors of the Cube

Our latest white paper reports on the new genre of STEM buildings invigorating campuses.

STEM Research Advancing Mission

The faster that students get access to research, the more they’ll stay with science. Only 40% of students who come in with a declared major in science actually graduate with that major, so if we could just get 10% more of those students to stick with science, our nation wouldn’t have a shortage of people with STEM skills.

Charles Kirby, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C Academic Planning & Design