Academic Innovation Center

Bryant University

Smithfield, RI

Academic Innovation Higher Education

Innovation Forum in the new Bryant University Classroom Building

The University’s signature academic building is designed to promote the entrepreneurial spirit that characterizes the College of Business brand experience for both students and faculty. its prominent site expresses Bryant's forward-thinking curriculum and immersive creative culture.

The facility is organized around the Innovation Forum, an immersive, highly flexible space whose furnishings and whiteboards can be reconfigured to support various group learning activities, enabling collaborative hands-on discovery. Reinforcing the concept that the building belongs to the entire university rather than to a particular department, the program replaces assigned faculty offices with a flexible Faculty Workshop – including conference and storage space – that any faculty member can use whenever they are in the facility to work with students.

A café located near the building’s main entrance attracts students and faculty from all over campus, fostering opportunities for dialogue across disciplines.

Building Facts

  • 50,000 GSF
  • innovation forum
  • faculty workshop
  • cafe

Awards & Honors

  1. Grand Prize, Architectural Design

    College Planning & Management

  2. Illumination Award for Interior Lighting Design

    Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)

  3. Illumination Award for Energy and Environmental Lighting Design

    Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)

Experiential Learning

Bryant’s student-centered learning community is nationally recognized for its forward-thinking approach to active, engaging education. Flexible, open, and technology-infused spaces allow faculty and students to integrate theory and practice.


Design that Fosters Innovation

Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley and lead architect Kip Ellis explain how the trailblazing Academic Innovation Center creates an environment that nurtures intellectual collaboration.

Innovation Collaborative Space

Building Bryant's Innovative Academic Future

The Lead Designer discusses inspiration and design strategies for creating a loft-style learning environment to encourage student entrepreneurialism.

Advancing Mission

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