Higher Education Spaces

How Architects Are Innovating the College Dorm

A new article by Architectural Digest is intriguing as it studies the latest innovations of student life and residence halls. See below for a few of our favorite highlights and click below to read the entire article:

A Shift is Occurring

“For decades, college dormitories were bare-bones—to put it mildly. They provided basic living units constructed from the cheapest, toughest materials available while squeezing the largest number of students into the smallest amount of space—without much else. However, in recent years, the design of residence halls has undergone a fundamental shift as universities and colleges seek to make their campuses magnets for the brightest young minds.”

Design Creates Student Incentive to Stay and Interact

“For one thing, better-designed housing provides a more attractive lifestyle for prospective students while encouraging existing students to live on campus longer—which can benefit the college in the long term, as well. “There’s all kinds of research that indicates if students live in on-campus housing, they will be more successful in their learning and go on to be much more involved in the alumni community,” 

Lines Are Blurring

“People now understand that learning happens everywhere, and universities have really taken that concept to heart,” says Jim Curtin, a principal in SCB’s Chicago office who specializes design for education. “We’re blurring the lines between a traditional classroom and traditional residence hall. Really, the two are merging together.”

In other words, the residence hall is no longer just a residence, he adds: “It’s a village.”

Click below to read the entire article by Architectural Digest: