specialty / higher education

Higher Education Architecture

While the way that universities operate is changing, we see an opportunity to create designs that improve the student experience, as well as your bottom line.

Specialty / Higher Education


The education of your students is the primary focus of our approach and is fueled by our unique design philosophy, Upward Thinking. This philosophy embodies our student-first mentality for colleges and helps deliver on our promise to a create a better experience for students and faculty.

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Campus of Morningside University



We Listen to Your
Pedagogical Approach

Understanding your students and the way your university approaches education is our priority at the beginning of the design process. We seek to discover your desired educational outcomes and make sure that our designs match the needs of your students and curriculum.



We Review Your
Strategic Plan

We know that your university must function as a business in addition to being a school. With increasing competition among institutions, we prioritize working within your capital management plan to design architecture that stands out from the rest and meets your needs.



We Look at
the Facts

We evaluate the current facility conditions including the useful lifespan of your buildings and your current space utilization. In some cases, we’ve found that just repurposing the space you have can solve many problems and address your needs in an effective way.

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Collaboration is Critical to our Approach

We value input from your staff, administration, students and community. Our collaborative process with your educational professionals and students helps us determine the right pedagogical method. We know that your students are the heartbeat of your college and your student body culture is something that makes your university unique. That’s why we see no substitute for receiving input directly from students. The insight into their needs is invaluable and helps us to design spaces specifically with your students in mind.

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Incorporating Campus Heritage and Legacy with Design

Higher education institutions are more than just places for learning; they are storied environments steeped in history, tradition and a strong sense of identity. As architects and designers, we have a unique opportunity to honor and celebrate these attributes while creating innovative, functional, and aesthetically appealing spaces. In this blog post, we will delve into the ways in which campus heritage and legacy can be seamlessly woven into the fabric of design.


Contact us for more information and for all of your project inquiries.

Our offices across Iowa and Nebraska have specialists ready to work on projects throughout the country. Learn more about each office below and reach out to discuss your next project.

CMBA Architects

302 Jones St #200, Sioux City, IA 51101 View larger map and directions

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319 SW 5th St #102, Des Moines, IA 50309 View larger map and directions

CMBA Architects

505 Grand Avenue Spencer, Iowa 51301 View larger map and directions

CMBA Architects

208 N Pine Street, Suite 301 Grand Island, Nebraska 68801 View larger map and directions

CMBA Architects

1111 N 13th Street, Suite 205 Omaha, NE 68102 View larger map and directions