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.
We Listen to Your
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Student anxiety saw an increase of around 20% over the last 10 years. Without a doubt, there are many factors that lead to higher levels of anxiety in students, and it’s important to consider all of them when searching for solutions. The design of the higher education built environment can be a powerful tool in this process – especially if schools apply research into environmental psychology and occupant well-being.
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