Imagine the typical university classroom and what do you see in your mind’s eye? Odds are that while rooms may be more colorful – or chalkboards have given to smart screens – there are still rows of small desks and hard-surfaced chairs. In other words, academic classrooms really haven’t changed all that much in the past century.
Student Drive Academic Design May be the Wave of the Future
Fortunately for the next generation of students, administrators, architects and designers are paying more attention to studies showing how environmental factors can enhance or detract from students’ learning experience. This information, plus direct input from the students themselves, will have a greater impact on future academic design.
For example, take a peak at this article about UNH Manchester, in England. There, university administrators have taken recent research to heart and are designing new additions to the school with serious attention placed on researcher’s findings regarding things like lighting design and furniture arrangement. This is similar to the process that was undertaken prior to the re-design of the Stetson/Sawyer Library at Williams College.
It was important to all involved on the re-design, including our firm-Leslie Saul & Associates Architecture & Interiors- that the final design reflect the target market’s interest.