Successful Student-Centered Spaces

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:

  1. What makes a successful student-centered space?
  2. Ways of integrating alternative learning places into an established campus.
  3. Solving technical challenges in the integration process.
  4. Finding sustainable opportunities in the creation of student-centered spaces.


Michelle RossomandoMichelle Rossomando, AIA, RID
McKinney York Architects

Will WoodWill Wood, AIA, RID
McKinney York Architects

Navvab TaylorNavvab Taylor, AIA, RID, LEED AP BD+C
McKinney York Architects

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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