University Buildings

Not only are the world’s youth educated in these buildings, but much of the globe’s most ground-breaking research takes place here. Requirements for housing students are more expansive than ever, but need to be balanced with the university’s real purpose: the pursuit of knowledge. Great design can inspire that pursuit.

A simple system for versatile architectural forms

| September 29, 2016 | ALPOLIC

The largest building on campus, it was designed by ...

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The Campus North Residential Commons, located at the north edge of the University of Chicago's campus in the Windy City's Hyde Park section, is meant to create a “gateway” for students and the community alike. Image: Tom Harris Photography/courtesy of the University of Chicago

September 12, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Abundant common spaces give students more chances to interact.

Rendering courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. via ArchDaily

August 16, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The arts center will foster creativity for making and presenting works across all disciplines

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A dramatic, three-story wood sculpture of North Carolina State University’s wolf mascot highlights the central atrium of the school’s $120 million Talley Student Union in Raleigh, N.C. On the Building Team: Duda Paine Architects (design architect), Cooper Carry (interior architect), Stewart, Inc. (SE), Stanford White (MEP), Kimley-Horn & Associates (CE), and Rodgers Builders/Russell/Dayeco (joint CM). Photo courtesy of Rodgers Builders.

August 10, 2016 | Mike Plotnick, Contributing Editor

Budget constraints are compelling some public institutions to pursue alternative methods of finan...

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UW Health at The American Center, Madison, Wis. Photo: Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing 2015, courtesy Flad Architects.

August 09, 2016 | BD+C Staff

AECOM, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Jacobs top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking o...

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Westcott Building Auditorium at Florida State University. Photo: Pixabay

August 09, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Turner Construction Co., The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co, and Skanska USA top Building Design+C...

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Talley Student Union, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C. Duda Paine Architects (design architect), Cooper Carry (interior architect), Stewart, Inc. (SE), Stanford White (MEP), Kimley-Horn & Associates (CE), and Rodgers Builders/Russell/Dayeco (joint CM). Photo courtesy of Rodgers Builders. 

August 09, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Gensler, Perkins+Will, and CannonDesign top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the...

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UC Merced's campus will greatly expand over the next four years, as the state's Board of Regents has approved a design and construction plan that would allow the 11-year-old university to increase its enrollment by nearly 50%. Image: Courtesy UC Merced

July 22, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The state’s Board of Regents has approved a $1.34 billion plan that would add nearly 1.2 million...

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Drexel's Korman Center. Renderings courtesy Gluckman Tang Architects. Click here to enlarge.

June 13, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

A large screen sets a living room vibe for the Philadelphia academic building. Plans call for 9,0...

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Rand Hall, a three-story student center and dining area at the center of the Vanderbilt University campus. Photo: Bob Schatz. Click here to enlarge.

June 13, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Virtual learning rooms, gaming stations, and self-check-out kiosks are among the perks—and necess...

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Form4 designs curved roofs for Stanford tech park

Innovation Curve Technology Park in Palo Alto, Calif. Renderings courtesy Form4 Architecture. Click here to enlarge.

June 10, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Fabricated of painted recycled aluminum, the wavy roofs at the Innovation Curve campus will symbo...

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Gonzaga's new student center is bustling social hub

The new John J. Hemmingson Center’s “main street” features several dining options, including a Starbucks. Photo: Christian Columbres. Click here to enlarge.

May 31, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Retail mall features, comfortable furniture, and floor-to-ceiling glass add vibrancy to the new J...

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U. of Chicago approves Diller Scofidio + Renfro design for new campus building

The University of Chicago's David M. Rubenstein Forum. Courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Click here to enlarge.

May 26, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

With a two-story base and 165-foot tower, the Rubenstein Forum will have room for informal meetin...

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SmithGroupJJR’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Building wins Lab of the Year award

The New Electrical and Computer Engineering Building, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Photo courtesy SmithGroupJJR. Click here to enlarge.

 

April 27, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Sustainable features like chilled beams and solar screens help the University of Illinois researc...

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New University of Calgary research center features reconfigurable “spine”

The atrium of the Taylor Institute. Image courtesy Diamond Schmitt Architects. Click here for larger view.

April 25, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The heart of the Taylor Institute can be anything from a teaching lab to a 400-seat theater.

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Technology defines growth at Ringling College of Arts & Design

Shepley Bulfinch designed the new library at Ringling College of Arts & Design. Images courtesy Ringling College of Arts & Design. Click here for larger view.

April 13, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Named America's “most wired campus" in 2014, Ringling is adding a library, visual arts center, so...

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5 ways universities use new buildings to stay competitive

The 9,000-sf, Gensler-designed Fast Forward incubator at Johns Hopkins University has been so popular with entrepreneurs that the university is more than quadrupling a second incubator on its east campus to 30,000 sf. Photo:[email protected] Karchmer. Click here for larger view.

April 13, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

From incubators to innovation centers, schools desire ‘iconic gateways’ that appeal to students,...

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Behnisch Architekten designs Harvard’s proposed Science and Engineering Complex

The proposed Science and Engineering Complex, located on Harvard University’s Allston campus, integrates one of the country’s most diverse and exciting engineering programs into a 497,000-sf structure. Renderings courtesy Harvard/Behnisch Architekten. Click here for larger image

March 15, 2016 | BD+C Staff

The 497,000-sf building will be the home of the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied...

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Live-learn student housing becomes recruitment strategy for colleges and universities

Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle opened its first on-campus student housing building last fall. The residence hall has 16,850 sf of academic space as well as a first-floor “living room” with a fireside lounge. Photo courtesy Ankrom Moisan Architects

February 29, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

In the hyper-competitive higher education sector, colleges and universities view residence halls...

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Photo Credit: Mike Tuell, Tom E. Lutz, AKBD

February 01, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Charging stations, built-in coffeemakers, and pet stations—these are among the top kitchen design...

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AASHE’s STARS tool highlights the university sector’s holistic approach to sustainability

Colorado State University students gather outside of the school’s LEED Platinum Pavilion at Laurel Village in Fort Collins. The 11,500-sf, $5.5 million facility was designed by 4240 Architecture to function as a village square, with a sloped green lawn for outdoor performances and outdoor seating areas. Photo: Raul Garcia, courtesy 4240 Architecture

December 10, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Buzzwords like “living lab” and “experiential learning” are indicative of the trend toward more h...

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Yale completes Singapore campus

Rending courtesy Yale-NUS. Video courtesy Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

November 04, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Yale-NUS College has three residence halls and two administrative and academic buildings, wit...

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Vietnamese university to turn campus into ‘terraced forest’

Renderings courtesy Vo Trong Nghia Architects

September 21, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Pockets of plantings will be dispersed throughout the staggered floors of the building, framing t...

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Innovation districts + tech clusters: How the ‘open innovation’ era is revitalizing urban cores

The explosive demand for tech office space in and around metropolitan areas has led to creative redevelopment opportunities for Building Teams. The Playa Jefferson complex in Playa Vista, Calif., remade a series of nondescript, low-rise office buildings into state-of-the-art tech space for mature and startup companies. Photo: Benny Chan Fotoworks, courtesy Gensler

August 26, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

In the race for highly coveted tech companies and startups, cities, institutions, and developers...

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AIA selects nine educational facilities for Education Facility Design Awards

Photo: The New School University Center, MusikAnimal/Wikimedia Commons

August 13, 2015 | AIA

Georgia Tech's Clough Commons, Boston's Berklee Tower, and seven other facilities were honored fo...

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UNIVERSITY SECTOR GIANTS: Collaboration, creativity, technology—hallmarks of today’s campus facilities

The $50 million Oakland University Engineering Center, in Rochester, Mich., was completed last August by Walbridge (CM at risk). The five-story, 149,879-sf facility, designed by SmithGroupJJR, pulls together functions that were scattered over four buildings. The center provides instructional and R&D space for the university’s School of Engineering and Computer Science. Photo: Jason Robinson Photography, LLC 

August 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

At a time when competition for the cream of the student/faculty crop is intensifying, colleges an...

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Consensus Construction Forecast: Double-digit growth expected for commercial sector in 2015, 2016

Photo: Cjp24 via Wikimedia Commons

July 29, 2015 | AIA

Despite the adverse weather conditions that curtailed design and construction activity in the fir...

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K - 12 Schools, college, Brighton, architecture, Rem Koolhaas, OMA

The project has been described as the biggest construction project in the school’s 170-year history. Renderings courtesy OMA

July 28, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Designs for what will be the biggest construction project in the school’s 170-year history featur...

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Design for new pavilion in Toronto includes a ‘peel-away’ façade, Ontario, Bortolotto Architects, OCAD

Renderings courtesy Bortolotto Architects

July 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

An architect's proposal for a renovation of the main office building at the Ontario College of Ar...

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Texas senate approves $3 billion in bonds for university construction

Ezekiel W. Cullen Building at the University of Houston. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

May 30, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

For the first time in nearly a decade, Texas universities could soon have some state money for co...

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