Charles Kirby, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

Academic Planning & Design

Charles is a nationally recognized expert on designing innovative academic environments that enhance the quality of STEM education and collaborative learning. His focus reflects a deep passion for creating inviting spaces that encourage interdisciplinary dialogue. A senior member of EYP’s STEM Research Team, his designs seamlessly integrate technology to put science on display, demonstrating the excitement of scientific discovery to majors and non-majors alike. He is an author and frequent lecturer on the special challenges and issues of designing for higher education at Tradeline, The Society of College and University Planners (SCUP), and Project Kaleidoscope. His participation in the national dialogue advances the evolution of science learning and teaching environments.


Amidst research and reports showing that a third of U.S. post-secondary institutions are struggling financially, many of them see a highly competitive STEM program as a key to their future success and survival. More

To further assess the impact of the new Integrated Science Complex (ISC) at the College of the Holy Cross, EYP analyzed trend data from several administrative offices. More

EYP conducted two post-occupancy surveys, one of faculty and theother of students, in spring 2013. Based on survey responses, the new Mars Center has succeeded in accomplishing several goals. More

Research universities and liberal arts colleges are taking a closer look at how they apportion lab space to provide the best research environment for faculty and an optimal learning atmosphere for students, while adhering to safety protocols, reducing costs, and adding institutional flexibility. More

We assessed existing STEM buildings on the Trinity campus in comparison to an EYP-designed facility.  More

Our mission is to design buildings that improve the quality of science education. To go beyond anecdotal evidence that it is fulfilling this mission, we aim to develop a plan to systematically evaluate its designs. More

This report analyzes the research results of the pilot assessment conducted at the College of the Holy Cross. More

Representative Projects

Atrium with students

Peter Irving Wold Center

Union College


An academic "town square" puts science and sustainability on display.

exterior view with outside classroom in foreground

Mars Center for Science and Technology

Wheaton College


Dynamic design attracts students to explore ideas in a "living lab."

Exterior facade at dusk

Integrated Science Complex

College of the Holy Cross


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

Exterior of Virginia Tech New Classroom Building

Classroom Building

Virginia Tech

Academic Innovation

A first-of-its-kind facility is redefining the collegiate educational experience.

Trinity University

Center for the Sciences & Innovation (CSI)

Trinity University


Inspired collaborations: undergraduates feel empowered by hands-on discovery.

Exterior view of building

Center for the Sciences

Radford University


An immersive "Main Street," complete with planetarium, presents a pervasive science experience.

Exterior view of building at dusk

Taylor Science Center

Hamilton College


Communities of faculty offices and student/faculty research spaces help maintain the intimacy of the College’s experience within this expansive facility.

Exterior facade of Loyola Science Center at dusk

Loyola Science Center

University of Scranton


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