CMBA Newsletter

Wow! Our Team Rocks!

2020 has been a trying year for everyone, but our team stepped up to support our local communities! Not only did we raise over $25K (collectively) for United Way this year – we also increased our giving by 25%...showing the generosity and commitment of our amazing people! [Read More]

Understanding the Student Experience

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Inclusive Schools for Those with Disabilities

a child in a wheelchair sitting in a classroom

To considerately design for disabilities in the classroom can be a challenge. Yet, it is perhaps one of the most powerful ways architects can help society. Students with disabilities have just as much right to a quality educational experience as other students. When each and every student has a... [Read More]

Designing for Student Union: The Key to Retention?

students in a union on campus

Studies indicate that the longer a student remains on campus – and in an academic mindset – the greater their chance for academic growth and success. So, if retention is a key strategy for success, then colleges must consider design solutions that offer a “sense of place” for students outside the... [Read More]

Behavioral Healthcare in the Age of COVID-19

Since the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, behavioral healthcare providers have had to provide the best care to their most vulnerable populations, while simultaneously adapting to the impacts the virus has had on facility design. To better understand the long-term effects of COVID-19 and... [Read More]

Designing for Mental Health in the Emergency Room

a patient holding their hands in front of a doctor writing on a notepad

Emergency rooms are hectic. As a point of first access for patients, they’re responsible for handling an unbelievably diverse range of illnesses with differing levels of severity. But that's not to say that there aren't trends and commonalities. Quite to the contrary; more and more hospitals are... [Read More]

Acoustic Considerations for K12 Schools

stacked sphere shapes covered in fabric

Communication is a predominant component of classroom learning. The ability to recognize spoken word is, unsurprisingly, critical for the cognitive process. But what does that have to do with the design of your school? Studies consistently reveal that student retention and performance rank higher... [Read More]

Glass as a Design Tool for Creating more People-Oriented Environments

two people sitting in a lounge area

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What can Workspaces Learn from Customer-Centric Design?

 a man sitting at a table in an office

An office isn't the only place work gets done. Any space that produces value is effectively a workplace and the nature of that environment shapes the experiences of the people who use it. There are plenty of insights to be gained from examining trends and innovations in other industries, especially... [Read More]