Trends in Community Commons Areas

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


Benjamin StrainBenjamin R. Strain, AIA, LEED AP
Higher Education Design Leader | Principal
DLR Group

Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Spaces4Learning HigherEd Virtual Summit Agenda

SESSION 1     10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT
Successful Student-Centered Spaces

SESSION 2     11 a.m. PDT / 2 p.m. EDT
Trends in Community Commons Areas

SESSION 3     12 p.m. PDT / 3 p.m. EDT
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