We're passionate about design for Higher Education because it allows us to utilize our strengths: stakeholder engagement producing innovative, resilient design that supports success for diverse populations. Each design is approached as a unique research project, tailored to your campus context, incorporating the latest research, and relying on cross-disciplinary collaboration. Our expertise is focused in three primary areas from the scale of a classroom to an entire campus, and from preliminary planning services to full construction documents:
Adaptive Reuse for Active Learning
Supporting emerging methods of learning within existing buildings can be challenging. Our experience in teaching in active learning classrooms is a unique asset, enabling us to communicate effectively between faculty, facilities staff, and administration. We cut through transitory trends to design high-impact spaces within tight constraints that aim to improve student learning outcomes. Our projects range from technology-enhanced, flexible classroom design to integrated classrooms and teaching labs for fine and performing arts, workforce, technical, and healthcare programs.
Student Success and Academic Support
First impressions matter when designing centers for student success and academic support. It is critical to create accessible and approachable spaces for students from diverse backgrounds, encouraging them to seek support initially and continually.
Excellent Campus Plans begin with deep listening: to campus stakeholders; to existing site and facilities conditions and use; to the data revealing the demographic, economic, and political context. We even develop new ways of listening, through gamification and productive stakeholder engagement exercises. From this solid foundation, a clear vision for future campus development emerges that responds to immediate concerns and is flexible enough to adapt to an unknown future. Our greatest joy is using creative problem solving to develop plans that satisfy diverse needs which at first seem to be competing.
“Elizabeth worked with my college on a major redesign of an historic but architecturally challenging building. Throughout the project, Elizabeth was collaborative, client focused and creative both with her ideas and methods for engaging all key stakeholders in the process. I am so grateful to her for the gorgeous, innovative and user friendly space I now spend my days teaching and working in. I hope other college campuses are able to benefit from her technical and engagement skills as they address their own space needs.”
Associate Professor of Social Work
St. Olaf College
◦ Century College*
◦ North Hennepin Community College*
◦ Oak Hills Christian College*
◦ St. Olaf College*
◦ Rochester Community and Technical College*
◦ Minneapolis Community and Technical College*
◦ University of Wisconsin Superior*
◦ Wright State University*
◦ Bemidji State University*
◦ University of Texas Medical Branch*
* Work completed while employed by Perkins+Will and LHB, Inc.