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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.

The wing-like exterior design of the Student Union is inspired by birds in flight and is meant to convey the school’s mission for innovation and discovery. All photos: Brad Feinknopf.

October 22, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Mori Hosseini Student Union at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University takes home a Silver Awa...

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The Weekly show: Universal design in multifamily housing, reimagining urban spaces, back to campus trends
October 22, 2020 | BD+C Editors

BD+C editors speak with experts from KTGY Architecture + Planning, LS3P, and Omgivning...

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Banner University Medical Center exterior

All photos: Jeremy Bittermann / Joel B Sanders Agency

October 21, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Tucson’s Banner University Medical Center is honored with a Gold Award in the 2020 Building Tea...

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City Tech auditorium with people

The 1,000-seat theater, which sits atop a basketball court, required early planning to manage front- and back-of-house circulation, accessibility, infrastructure, and the integration of building systems. All photos: Andrew Rugge/Perkins Eastman

October 21, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The CUNY New York City College of Technology Academic Building wins a Gold Award in BD+C’s 2020...

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The new Health Science Education Center is designed and built to promote student-faculty interaction and training. Image: Peter Seiger

September 16, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Health Sciences Education Center includes two floors for simulation and immersive training....

DMU new campus

All renderings courtesy DMU

September 10, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

RDG Planning & Design is the design firm.

The Weekly show: Curtis Fentress, FAIA, on airport design, and how P3s are keeping university projects alive
September 10, 2020 | BD+C STAFF

The September 10 episode of BD+C's "The Weekly" is available for viewing on demand.

William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center exterior

All photos courtesy HOK

September 08, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

HOK and RTA designed the project.

Courtesy UNCC.

September 02, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Woolpert provided design and engineering upgrades for the project.

Loyola University Seville integrated campus

Photo courtesy luis vidal + architects

August 31, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

luis vidal + architects designed the project.

The Arts and Computational Science Building at UC Merced in California is the result of a P3 whose development team included a consortium of financial experts, contractors, operations and maintenance teams, architects, engineers, and consultants. WRNS Studio, the Academic Architect on this project, provided the image.

August 27, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Transparency and communication are imperative, says new white paper on these agreements.

August 20, 2020 | Mike Porritt, Vice President, International Advisory Services at Scion Group; Doug Campbell, Ghafari Education Director; and Mike Durand, Ghafari Vice President, Healthcare

Student housing remains a vital part of the student and campus experience.

Learning Landscape building exterior

All renderings courtesy ZAS Architects

August 12, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

ZAS Architects designed the building.

UC Davis Latitude exterior

All photos: Kyle Jeffers

August 11, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

HED designed the project.

OSU North academic building exterior

North Hall will include a bridge to the existing building, and a future link across all buildings for a second floor internal walking path.

August 05, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Dewberry designed the project.

A community space in Clark Nexsen’s renovations to Edens Quad Residence Hall at Duke University.

August 03, 2020 | Peter Aranyi

Clark Nexsen’s Student Life practice leader, Peter Aranyi, discusses the benefits of renovation...

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R&D hubs, modular-built hotels, and an award-winning student center on the August 6 “The Weekly”
August 02, 2020 | BD+C Editors

R&D hubs, modular-built hotels, and an award-winning student center on the August 6 “The We...

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A hybrid learning approach could redefine higher education - university architecture

Arup and Suffolk Construction are part of the Building Team for Northeastern University’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering complex, whose second phase is currently in the works. A new pedestrian bridge spanning five subway and rail lines provides a key link to the campus. Photo: Evan Patten


July 24, 2020 | By John Caulfield, Senior Editor 

Universities reassess current assets to determine growth strategies.

CO Architects worked with Frederic Zernhausern, a professor at the University of Arizona, to fit out a half-floor of a building on campus. Custom labs designed to the specifications of star researchers help research universities attract and retain valued talent. Image: Bill Timmerman

July 24, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

CO Architects is among a handful of firms that caters to this trend.

Cal Poyl Pomona residence halls and dining hal

Photo: Lawrence Anderson

July 23, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

HMC Architects designed the project.

Cal Poly Frost Center exterior

All renderings courtesy ZGF Architects

July 15, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

ZGF Architects is designing the building.

Courtesy Cornell College

July 14, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The plan will reduce the college’s energy usage by 20%.

Barnes Hall of Science at Franklin College

The Barnes Hall of Science at Franklin College, Franklin, Ind., underwent a complete renovation with a new wing.


David Miller of BSALifeStructures offers technical advice on renovation of college and universi...

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June 02, 2020 | Matt Pearson

COVID-19 hasn’t just upended healthcare delivery, the workplace, and all levels of education –...

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UConn Student Rec Center Exterior

All photos courtesy JCJ Architecture

May 20, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project sits at the center of the Storrs campus.


Clemson's Outdoor Education Center

All photos: Jonathan Hillyer

May 19, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Cooper Carry designed the project.


DSU Human Performance Center exterior

All photos courtesy Hastings+Chivetta

April 29, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Hastings+Chivetta designed the project.

COVID-19 patient rooms in alternate care facility

Typical COVID-19 patient room layout in an alternate care facility. Photo: Henderson Engineers


COVID-19: Converting existing unused or underused hospitals, hotels, convention centers, and ot...

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Study Areas at the Trone Student Center, Furman University

April 09, 2020 | Doug Campbell, AIA, LEED AP, Ghafari Director of Education

Since many academic departments have been concentrated in their own buildings or portions of ca...

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Courtesy Pixabay

March 26, 2020 | Bryan Langlands, Principal, NBBJ

While student dormitories are well-suited to certain alternate healthcare uses — from housing c...

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