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Toni Loiacano, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

Academic Planning & Design

Toni specializes in programming and planning science teaching and research laboratories. An active member of EYP’s research team, she manages our STEM initiative. Toni shares her expertise through presentations at conferences hosted by Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), Labs 21, Tradeline, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).

Publications

Assessment of the Center for the Sciences and Innovation at Trinity University

by Toni Loiacano

Trinity University's Center for the Sciences & Innovation

To assess the impact of the Trinity Center for the Sciences and Innovation (CSI), EYP conducted surveys of students and faculty before and after construction of the Center.

The Maker Movement… What’s Next?

by Kip Ellis, Toni Loiacano

Trinity Cube

The Maker experience represents a profound change in how things are being created today, which in turn requires a paradigm shift in how and where students can most effectively be educated.

Assessment of the Impact of the Taylor Science Center at Hamilton College

by Leila Kamal, Toni Loiacano

Taylor Science Center exterior

We designed the Taylor Science Center to meet several strategic goals - ten years after its opening, we returned to the Clinton, New York campus to analyze the impact of our design.

STEM Design Components That Pay Off: Metrics Show Benefits of New Science and Engineering at Trinity University

by Toni Loiacano

Trinity CSI

EYP's Toni Loiacano shares pre- and post-occupancy data with Tradeline about Trinity University's Center for the Sciences & Innovation (CSI) in San Antonio, Texas. Studies indicate that the new CSI is attracting more students from all departments to the building, boosting integration between science and non-science majors, and increasing interest in STEM studies among incoming students at a rate of 50 percent.

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.

Maker Culture and the Human Factor

by Toni Loiacano, Jeff Schantz

Throughout 2015, Metropolis’s publisher and editor in chief, Susan S. Szenasy, led the Metropolis Think Tank series of conversations on the seismic cultural shifts reshaping our society and the importance of injecting a new humanism into design and architecture in order to better deal with emerging challenges. In "Maker Culture and The Human Factor", Susan spoke with EYP about the process of creating educational spaces that foster engaged, hands-on learning and making.

Makerspaces on the Rise for Interdisciplinary Higher Education

by Toni Loiacano

Trinity Cube

This article from High Profile explores what makes makerspaces such engaging learning environments for students from all disciplines. Drawing on her lab planning and STEM research experience, the author explains the Think/Model/Make design concept with examples from her favorite makerspace - Trinity University's unique innovation center, "The Cube." 

Experiential Learning Paradigms Enhance Education

by Toni Loiacano

Engineering Education is experiencing a reinvention. More than ever before, colleges and universities are employing experiential learning paradigms to enhance and solidify learning.

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

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.

rendering of maker space studio

Lehigh University

Mountaintop Campus

Academic Innovation

The adaptive use of this former Bethlehem Steel research facility is revolutionizing college education.

Rendering of atrium

Concordia College

Science Facility

STEM

Hybrid "T-search" spaces increase space utilization in the STEM building year-round.

exterior view of building

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Feigenbaum Center for Science & Innovation

STEM

Educating tomorrow’s workforce in biotechnology, nanotechnology, engineering, and health care is of vital economic importance.

Exterior rendering of Agricultural Engineering Building

The Pennsylvania State University

Agricultural Engineering Building

STEM

Highly specialized yet flexible labs will adapt to keep up with research in emerging fields.

corridor overlooking open study space

The College of New Jersey

New STEM Building

STEM

Advancing STEM education fosters student opportunities and economic growth.

exterior view

Carleton College

Integrated Science Facility

STEM

High-performance design adds square footage while decreasing energy consumption.