John Baxter, AIA, LEED AP

Higher Education Sector Leader

Senior Principal

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.


Higher Education Sector Leader John Baxter speaks to the phenomena in the BD+C 2019 University Giants Report

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