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 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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Vanderbilt University's Rand Hall offers ample indoor and outdoor dining space along one of the most high-traffic paths through campus. Photo courtesy of GS&P.

August 05, 2016 | Patrick Gilbert, AIA, LEED AP

Location, visibility, and adaptability are three important ideas to keep in mind when designing c...

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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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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Horizon Village. Images courtesy VOA.

 

July 06, 2016 | Steve Siegle, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Universities across the country are striving to meet the demand of on-campus housing. VOA's Steve...

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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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Images courtesy SRG

June 09, 2016 | Kent Duffy, FAIA

Bringing people together remains the main objective when designing academic projects. SRG Design...

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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: @Alan 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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3 key trends in student housing for Boston’s higher education community

Image: University Student Living.

April 04, 2016 | Lynne Deninger

The city wants to add 18,500 student residence beds by the year 2030. CannonDesign's Lynne Dening...

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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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Ohlone Community College’s Academic Core project in Fremont, Calif., introduces three new academic hybrid buildings that build community and enhance learning. Rendering courtesy CannonDesign

March 11, 2016 | Carisima Koenig

Even in the face of funding challenges and historic precedent, there are emerging examples of how...

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The 5 most questionable college and university rankings of 2015

Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., claimed the number one spot The World University Rankings. Photo: Todd Van Hoosear/Creative Commons

March 01, 2016 | David Lantz

SmithGroupJJR's David Lantz identifies five of the most flawed higher education rating systems, i...

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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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New ideas to help universities attract and empower STEM students

Rendering of an interior environment at University of Utah’s Lassonde Studios, a first-of-its-kind hybrid building that brings college housing together with a 24/7 entrepreneurial garage. Images courtesy Cannon Design

February 17, 2016 | Stephen Blair

Educational institutions are focusing on new learning strategies that engage students in activiti...

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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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Invasive probes, including test cuts of existing EIFS cladding, can uncover hidd
January 14, 2016 | Arthur L. Sanders & Benjamin J. Robinson, Hoffmann Architects

This AIA CES Discovery course discusses the six elements of an EIFS wall assembly; common EIFS fa...

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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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How active design is reshaping higher education campuses

Photo courtesy LPA

November 05, 2015 | Glenn Carels

Active design, a dynamic approach to design with a primary focus on people, assists students in l...

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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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5 ways architecture defines the university brand perkins+will

Image courtesy Perkins+Will

October 16, 2015 | David Damon

People gravitate to brands for many reasons. Campus architecture and landscape are fundamental in...

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Competency-based learning: A glimpse into the future of higher education?

Photo: Xbxg32000 via Wikimedia Commons

October 16, 2015 |

For better or worse, the higher education experience for many young Millennials and Gen Zers will...

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