The Education practice area experts at OZ Architecture are on the forefront of innovation when it comes to building trends in higher education, and this encompasses more than simply new technology or aesthetics. In fact, the latest thought leadership on college campus design has to do with creating opportunities for interpersonal interaction that impacts how students learn well into the future.
In a recent article for College Planning and Management, OZ Principal and LEED-AP, Tracy Tafoya, delves into the concept of incorporating collaboration spaces into college campus design. In many ways, this brings new learning and soft skills development opportunities into more and more spaces within the campus setting.
Instead of being restricted to the traditional classroom alone, modern architects and designers like the pros at OZ make use of corridors, rooftops, outdoor areas, entryways and staircases as opportunities for students to meet, collaborate, study and relax. This kind of out-of-the-box thinking helps to create pathways that serve students well as they move into collaborative work environments in post-graduate careers.
In the article, Tafoya highlights the importance of seating arrangements, and how various seating types, from bar-height to traditional desk chairs to lounge seating can all affect an area’s utility and accessibility. Mobile, flexible furniture is especially popular when it comes to giving students control over how they use the space, and more opportunities for managing their own learning and collaborating opportunities.
Learn more about how OZ Architecture is leading the way toward the future of collaborative campus design in the latest newsletter from College Planning and Management.
Images: University of Colorado Boulder Visual Arts Complex