John Baxter, AIA, LEED AP

Higher Education Sector Leader

John Baxter brings more than 30 years of experience to his projects on college and university campuses. He has deep expertise in the strategic programming, planning and design of academic and student life facilities and is dedicated to ensuring that every project delivered is a remarkable and successful learning environment that creates a stronger connection between students and faculty.

John regularly shares his expertise through presentations and publications on topics ranging from managing an efficient design process, to creating effective campus spaces for formal and informal collaborative learning. He has worked on many campuses, including Georgetown University, American University, College of William and Mary, Virginia Tech, Boston College, and Sam Houston State University.


We systematically investigate the impact of the spatial environment itself on student engagement, perceived experience, and sense of community. Our investigations at Michigan State University build on our living-learning research at the University of Michigan to provide evidence to how the architectural design of college residence halls impacts student engagement and development. More

As American colleges and universities increasingly recognize the value of educating the “whole student,” the effect of campus residential life on various student outcomes – campus engagement, peer interactions, etc. – has been the subject of ongoing study. EYP is one of the first to systematically investigate the impact of the spatial environment itself on student development, attitudes, and outcomes. Our Living-Learning research findings offer colleges and universities, as well as architects and builders, key insights into how space types and usage impact student learning and development, so that they can maximize resources to enhance student experience. More

The purpose of this study is to assess how key spaces in residence halls (i.e., living-learning spaces vs. traditional residence halls) create environments that are conducive to student learning. More

Representative Projects


Fine and Performing Arts Center

Bowie State University

arts & culture

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

Exterior view at dusk

Katzen Arts Center

American University

arts & culture

Strong sculptural forms express the University's ambition to be a force for meaningful change.

Recording Studio

Kreeger Hall

American University

arts & culture

Integrated modernization enables this recording facility to keep pace with a nationally recognized Audio Technology program.

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.


Campus Consolidation

Pace University

Student Life

Closing one of two campuses focused resources on enhancing the collegiate experience.

Exterior View of building

Lee Hall

University of Mary Washington

Student Life

This modernized signature building is a popular destination.

Exterior View of campus buildings

Newell and Richmond Halls

Towson University

Student Life

These residence halls forms an iconic campus cornerstone, creating a premiere student housing experience while celebrating the University’s rich architectural tradition.

Gibbons House exterior at dusk

Gibbons House

University of Virginia

Student Life

The newest residence hall on campus is designed especially for freshmen.