Category: higher ed general

Can Hospitality-Inspired Design Drive Students Back to Campus?

It's been over a year of remote learning and many students aren't ready for it to end. When health concerns subside, colleges that want their students to happily return will need to intentionally design in ways that make coming back more appealing than taking online classes. By taking some... [Read More]

Prioritizing Mental Health in Higher Ed Design

The mental well-being of college students has a powerful impact on their development and educational success. COVID-19 has only served to highlight these needs and the necessity of creating a healthy school environment from the ground up. [Read More]

Attracting Students with Campus Design

Increasing enrollment numbers is a high priority for most institutions. Colleges and universities are racing to stay unique and relevant in a highly competitive marketplace in order to attract new students and to retain current ones. As if this weren’t enough, institutions are faced with rising... [Read More]

Designing for Student Comfort in Higher Education

It doesn't matter how great your educational material is – odds are, there's at least one student struggling to stay focused. While reasons vary, a common and highly fixable reason is that they simply aren't comfortable! You don't have to be a rocket scientist to conclude that students learn best... [Read More]

2020 Year in Review

As I have thought about writing this year-end article, many things have run through my head about the year we all went through in 2020. Some of the things we saw last year, we hope to never see again – cross your fingers. [Read More]

Designing for Student Union: The Key to Retention?

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]

Impact of the Shift to Virtual Learning on the Future of Higher Ed Design

COVID-19 is transforming many aspects of life, and higher education is no exception. As crisis-driven "experiments" begin launching, we should be collecting data and paying attention to the affect on higher education’s business model and the accessibility of quality higher education to discover... [Read More]

Designing for Safe, Clean, and Flexible College Campuses

So much uncertainty remains as colleges and universities reopen or plan for the reopening of their buildings to students and educators. This has us thinking a lot about design strategies that create a balance between the facilitation of a quality education, and the safety of students and faculty. [Read More]

Designing an Attractive "Campus Life"

If you’ve spent any amount of time on a well-designed university campus, then you understand the importance of architecture when it comes to influencing higher education. Not only can architecture inspire imagination and creativity, but it can unite students, educators, and the community. Campus... [Read More]

Designs that Improve User Experience, Health, & Productivity on Campus

What does it mean to design architecture for health and student, faculty, and staff productivity on campus? Not too long ago, concepts like these were considered pseudoscience. Now we know better; indoor aesthetics have a significant impact on health and performance. So, what does a college design... [Read More]