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Higher Education

Our team brings more than 25 years of experience on over 135 college and university campuses, we enhance student living and learning through design. We have earned a national reputation as a leader in the programming, planning, and design of student life projects in higher education.

We are passionate about creating memorable, life enhancing spaces that are highly functional.

Our buildings are more than bricks and mortar, they’re places of community, life experiences, and personal engagement that celebrate the human spirit. Integrated lounges for quiet study, group activities, and recreation encourage interaction to build a vital community.

We provide human-centric solutions with a focus on sustainability, inclusion, and well-being.

We are passionate about creating memorable, life enhancing spaces that are highly functional. Our buildings are more than bricks and mortar, they’re places of community, life experiences, and personal engagement that celebrate the human spirit. We provide human-centric solutions with a focus on sustainability, inclusion, and well-being. We have earned a national reputation as a leader in the programming, planning, and design of student life projects in higher education.

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We are thought leaders when it comes to student life and wrote THE BOOK on student unions. Since 2005, the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) has recognized our expertise with 18 Facility Design Excellence Awards, more than any other architecture firm. Over the past 25 years, we have worked on over 135 different college and university campuses to enhance student living and learning.

Our designs focus on creating spaces that promote both physical and mental well-being. We take into account users’ experiences from move-in day to the daily activities that support students' healthy balance between study, relaxation, and socialization. Integrating student life programming into residential environments has proven to be successful in creating identity and a sense of community.

Academic libraries are ever evolving. As we look to trends in academia, we incorporate integrated lounges for quiet study, group activities, and recreation encouraging interaction to build a vital community. Finding a balance between privacy and isolation and interaction and engagement is a constant study in every project.

Designing spaces for learning involves creating flexible, technology-rich environments that foster collaboration and innovation. Incorporating natural light, comfortable seating, and adaptable layouts ensures these spaces support diverse learning styles and activities. Additionally, integrating sustainable materials and practices reflects a commitment to environmental stewardship and enhances the overall educational experience.

We have provided studies and designs for over 90 higher education dining facilities. Our team listens to students, project stakeholders, and staff to develop unique solutions customized to project needs. Designing facilities that highlight the uniqueness of the campus and the pillars of the student experience are ideals at the forefront of every one of our projects.

Our recreation and wellness centers are symbolic of the “body, mind, and spirit” ideology. We understand the profound influence that an environment has on health and wellness and we create uplifting and encouraging spaces. These facilities not only design the space to challenge the body and foster development of self-reflection, but also house activities within an environment that encourages excellence.

Campus planning and programming involves creating a comprehensive vision that aligns with the institution's strategic goals and future growth. This process includes analyzing current facilities, forecasting future needs, and designing spaces that enhance the academic and social experience. By engaging stakeholders and incorporating sustainability, the plan ensures a cohesive, forward-thinking development that supports the institution's mission and community.

Designing academic campus infrastructure requires a strategic approach to create resilient, sustainable, and technologically advanced facilities that support the institution's educational mission. This involves integrating energy-efficient systems, adaptable spaces, and advanced technology to foster an environment conducive to learning and innovation. Additionally, a focus on accessibility and community engagement ensures the infrastructure meets the diverse needs of students, faculty, and staff.

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Our Services

  • Full Design Services: Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design
  • Building Analysis and Assessments
  • Test Fits, Programming, and Feasibility Studies
  • Master Planning

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“From the onset your team worked hand in hand with the entire College design team to create a truly remarkable facility. Your knowledge of student life best practices and understanding of residential trends was instrumental in the development of the unique program for this project – one that provides living options for all levels of students. ”

- Brenda Greenfield, Executive Director, Environmental Science & Forestry College Foundation, Inc.

Higher Education Design Recognition

The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) has recognized our expertise with 18 Facility Design Excellence Awards, more than any other architecture firm.

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