Spaces4Learning Summit 2023

Designing Spaces for Higher Education: Trends and Best Practices

Tuesday, June 13, 2023
1:00 p.m. ET - 4:00 p.m. ET






About This Free Virtual Summit

Spaces4Learning is launching its inaugural virtual summit, focusing on one of the most important aspects of educational facilities. Join the editors of for this free half-day summit, where they will bring you together with independent experts who plan, design, and develop learning spaces and facilities for colleges and universities. Learn about trends in space design, as well as best practices for planning and implementation. Be sure to join us!



  • 1:00 p.m. ET
    Successful Student-Centered Spaces
    Michelle Rossomando, AIA, RID, Principal of McKinney York Architects
    Will Wood, AIA, RID, Principal of McKinney York Architects
    Navvab Taylor, AIA, RID, LEED AP BD+C, Associate of McKinney York Architects

    As higher education is transformed by online learning, forward-thinking institutions are seeking ways to make themselves more attractive to top students and faculty. The quality of the campus as a learning environment has become an ever more important differentiator in the minds of students and faculty. This session will examine the qualities of successful student-centered spaces, as well as explore design challenges and opportunities using case studies of three different projects at the University of Texas at Austin: the Rox, Duke, and Danay Covert Admissions Welcome Center; the William C. Powers, Jr Student Activity Center South Courtyard, and the Holland Family Student Center at the Jackson School of Geosciences.

    Learning Objectives:

    •  What makes a successful student-centered space?
    • Ways of integrating alternative learning places into an established campus.
    • Solving technical challenges in the integration process.
    • Finding sustainable opportunities in the creation of student-centered spaces.
  • 2:00 p.m. ET
    Trends in Community Commons Areas
    Benjamin Strain, AIA, LEED AP, Higher Education Design Leader | Principal at DLR Group

    Students need a place of refuge from the rigors of their academic schedules and a place to socialize without pressure. Reimagining a community commons space can provide more opportunities for socialization and activities. A diverse range of spaces for multiple uses can be created – from individual study to small group or large team activities – and integrated technology for continuous connectivity throughout the building.

    Join us to see examples of ways to rethink your community commons by creating a unified and centralized social space for students.

    • Creating an Environment of choice
    • Maintaining Flexibility Space
    • Designing for Sensory Inclusion
    • Integration of Technology
  • 3:00 p.m. ET
    Hottest Third-Party Solutions
    Our partners demonstrate how their products and services help enhance learning in the classroom and beyond.

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