Charles Kirby, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

Academic Planning & Design

Senior Principal

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.


The Center for Science & Innovation (CSI) is the future of STEM for Seattle University. More

Immediate impact from Carleton College’s new Integrated Science Center is felt among science disciplines as they explore a new age of learning in open, light-filled, cross-disciplinary spaces, fostering collaboration among the campus community

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

Charles Kirby and Toni Loiacano published findings on STEM laboratory planning in Tradeline.

“Laboratory space is much more than laboratory bench, and the way faculty members perceive space is different than what students need,” says Charles Kirby, academic design and planning principal at EYP Architecture & Engineering. “Faculty members know what they are doing in their laboratory space, and students are looking to discover their personal scientific passions.”

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