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.

Campus Planning

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.” 

           Susan Smalling
          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.

The Macalester College Sustainability Advisory Committee is celebrating ten years of campus sustainability leadership! The College has ambitious environmental goals, including Climate Neutrality by 2025 and Zero Waste by 2020.

This summer Elizabeth attended a workshop on Sustainability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education hosted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and several local colleges. The following is a reflection on her...

Elizabeth was a Research Assistant for the Salovich Zero Plus Campus Design Project at the University of Minnesota from 2010-2011. The project explored the potential for the Campus to become net-positive in terms of energy and water consumption and serve as a living la...

UMore Park is comprised of nearly 5000 acres of primarily agricultural and research land currently owned by the University of Minnesota. For several years through 2013, the University explored potential future development of the site as a large-scale demonstration of t...

Elizabeth teaches the capstone course for the Sustainability Studies minor at the University of Minnesota, SUST4004: Sustainable Communties, with Amir Nadav. She lectures on systems thinking, resilience, and design thinking, and coaches students on how to work effectiv...

Four practices impacting campus carbon neutrality are increasingly common at Colleges and Universities in the United States: faculty and students are engaging in hands-on sustainability curriculum, facilities personnel are analyzing campus energy consumption data, admi...

The Campus Resilience Game helps players to quickly understand the benefits of an integrated approach to planning in meeting multiple demands that campuses face while being resilient to unknown events. It is conducted as a workshop on campuses, and our team has present...

In November 2017 we traveled to St. Olaf College to attend the dedication ceremony of a building that I had helped design. What made the project particularly special was that it was a renovation of an academic building at my alma mater, St. Olaf College. She had good m...

I was honored to present the Campus Resilience Game at the National Association for College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Annual Meeting this week with Erika Bailey-Johnson from Bemidji State University, Shane Stennes from the University of Minnesota, and K...

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