Entries by Sarah Hempstead

Sympathetic Design

Towards A More Sympathetic Aesthetic In so many situations when designing for the higher education facilities, the values of context and continuity are every bit as important as the desire for the cutting edge. The art form is to harmonize the old with the new, without tensions, so as to create a worthy next chapter […]

Making Art a Priority

How do you balance two priorities for a new building: a need for high-tech learning and the desire for a beautiful and inspiring space? It’s working at the new Evans Center for Health Sciences at Marian University. The building was recognized at the Monumental Affair with an Achievement Award in the Public Art category in 2013. It […]

College Attendance. Don’t Drop Out. Do Tune In!

40 years ago that forerunner of virtual learning, the correspondence course, was mostly the preserve of those either struggling to gain acceptance to college, unable to attend for financial reasons, or looking to gain very precise professional qualifications while working fulltime. Today, the choices and access points for remote education are growing exponentially. The social […]

I’m Considering Your Offer

40 years ago, most undergraduates were delighted to gain acceptance to their college of choice. The “honor gradient” ran from the institution, at the notional “top”, down to the individual undergraduate, very much at the “bottom”. Today, the situation could not be more different with fierce competition for prospective students. With roles reversed, and the […]

Coming Home to College

40 years ago, college accommodation was a lot more basic. If not always actively uncomfortable, most boomer graduates have tales of stubborn damp patches, odd smells, and of gurgles and groans from antiquated infrastructure. Today’s undergraduate and graduate populations have much higher expectations, of a home away from home. What are the design and building […]

Graduating Green

40 years ago, our principal preoccupation with energy consumption issues was whether we had integrated enough of the right technology to keep the campus warm in winter and cool in summer. Those solely selfish considerations of personal comfort have given way to a completely different approach; one where the planet is also seen as a […]

Crime prevention through environmental design

As communities work on neighborhood revitalization, one strategy of note is to deter crime through design. When Schmidt Associates studies opportunities in a neighborhood, we use a variety of crime deterrence design strategies including; Natural Surveillance – adding first floor windows onto the street, lowering hedges and fences, providing proper lighting, all provide both the […]

10 Commandments for University Design

There are many constants when designing a building, regardless of the end user. These include space layout, aesthetics, function, cost, and durability. Designing for a university use has some differentiators, though. The list below culminates Schmidt Associates 10 Commandments for University Design. Overall, designing for a university takes a lot of collaboration between the design […]

Patience is a Virtue – A New Academic Facility for Ivy Tech Anderson

Ivy Tech Anderson has a defined mission to accommodate unprecedented growth over the past decade. As such, they were committed to constructing a new building to provide much needed academic space to continue the commitment to change lives in Indiana through education and workforce development.  This building will provide additional academic space for the Anderson […]