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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.

Publications

How Colleges & Universities Invigorate Campuses Through A New Genre of STEM Buildings

by Leila Kamal, Kip Ellis, Toni Loiacano, Charles Kirby

Trinity's Garage Doors

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.

Assessment of the College of the Holy Cross Integrated Science Complex II: Analysis of Administrative Data

by Leila Kamal, Charles Kirby, Kip Ellis, Toni Loiacano

Integrated Science Complex exterior

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.

Wheaton College, Mars Center for Science and Technology: Post-Occupancy Evaluation Surveys

by Leila Kamal, Toni Loiacano, Kip Ellis, Charles Kirby

Mars Center for Science and Technology exterior

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.

Trends in Space Allocation at Educational Research Laboratories

by Charles Kirby, Toni Loiacano

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.

Assessment of Trinity University STEM Buildings: Pre-Occupancy Evaluation Surveys

by Leila Kamal, Toni Loiacano, Charles Kirby, Kip Ellis

Trinity Center for the Sciences & Innovation exterior

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

Plan to Evaluate the Impact of STEM Buildings on College and University Campuses, Volume 1: Dimensions of Assessment

by Leila Kamal, Charles Kirby, Kip Ellis, Toni Loiacano

Integrated Science Center exterior

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.

Evaluating the Impact of STEM Buildings on College and University Campuses, Volume 2: Pilot Assessment - College of the Holy Cross

by Leila Kamal, Charles Kirby, Kip Ellis, Toni Loiacano

College of the Holy Cross Exterior

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

Representative Projects

Atrium with students

Union College

Peter Irving Wold Center

STEM

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

exterior view with outside classroom in foreground

Wheaton College

Mars Center for Science and Technology

STEM

With its dynamic curves, green roofs, and outdoor gathering spaces, this LEED Gold design resolves the dynamic tension between the grid of the campus plan and the adjacent wetlands.

Exterior facade at dusk

College of the Holy Cross

Integrated Science Complex

STEM

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

Exterior of Virginia Tech New Classroom Building

Virginia Tech

Classroom Building

Academic Innovation

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

Trinity University

Trinity University

Center for the Sciences & Innovation (CSI)

STEM

Inventive design has helped increase STEM enrollment at this #1-ranked liberal arts university.

Exterior view of building

Radford University

Center for the Sciences

STEM

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

Exterior view of building at dusk

Hamilton College

Taylor Science Center

STEM

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

University of Scranton

Loyola Science Center

STEM

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