Author: CMBA Architects

The Impact of Furniture in Higher Education

A typical college or university campus is built to last for about a century. Programs and curricula can change in that time. Is it possible to accommodate these changes without making dramatic physical changes to the campus itself? Yes! The creative use of flexible furniture can be an economical... [Read More]

The Emergence of Single-Dwellings in Student Housing

The COVID pandemic arrived just as digital environments were being tested and shifting many established norms. As an immediate response to the need for social distancing, universities implemented remote learning systems on a scale never seen before – but what long-term solutions have been... [Read More]

Meet Our 2022 Interns

Anna Boor Iowa State University  Des Moines office [Read More]

Enhance Your Spaces With Architectural Psychology

“Architectural Psychology” is the study of the connection between people and the physical environment. It has become a hot topic in recent times and could even be considered a new ‘trend’ in architecture. While the term itself might be relatively new, the concept is not. Put simply, it’s about... [Read More]

Better Meeting Rooms Are In Demand

While much of today’s office work can be completed remotely, one of the biggest draws of working on-site continues to be employee collaboration – something that was seriously lacking during the worst of the pandemic. Demand for in-person collaboration has grown. In fact, meeting room bookings... [Read More]

Design Considerations for the Smart Patient Room

With smartphones, smartwatches, laptops, and more, our everyday lives are deeply integrated with technology. Unfortunately, this technology hasn't often evolved to support the patient experience in many hospitals. The technology to connect patients and family members to their caregivers exists, but... [Read More]

Providing Respite for Healthcare Workers

According to a recent study by the University of Utah Health, more than half of all doctors and nurses treating COVID-19 patients were susceptible to mental health problems. These issues ranged from depression and insomnia to anxiety and even substance abuse. The risk was comparable to rates... [Read More]

The Impact of Furniture Within the Classroom

A typical school is built to last. Programs and curricula can change in that time. Is it possible to accommodate these changes without making dramatic physical changes to the school building itself? Yes! The creative use of flexible furniture can be an economical way of manipulating a physical... [Read More]

Evidence-Based Classroom Design

“It is largely assumed that a classroom is one thing. If there’s enough room for rows of desks and enough space for a teacher to stand, the classroom is both functional and finished." We think this view of the classroom is short-sighted at best. Here's why. The reason lies partly in the implied... [Read More]

CMBA Named a Best Place for Working Parents

We are proud to be listed as one of The Best Place for Working Parents businesses that are leading the way in family-friendly policies! [Read More]