Building functional, collaborative spaces

Within the architectural design and engineering community, we often hear about learning by doing. Likewise, a major emphasis in K-12 education is on teaching students through hands-on project experience in the subjects of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). This can lead to programs based around community needs such as healthcare, agriculture, or even […]

Student Mentors Success: Myrisha Powell

Schmidt Associates is proud to offer its Student Mentors program for high school students to get a professional glimpse of everyday life in the field before graduating. While the firm’s leadership always enjoys educating young people and helping shape their futures, the real excitement comes from success stories like Myrisha Powell. As a Project Lead […]

Designing College Campuses for Student Health, Equity, and Performance—Part 1

Distraught, a friend described having sleepless nights concerned about her 19-year-old freshman son’s mental health. She wasn’t alone as many students across college campuses had a rough journey filled with isolation and anxiety from COVID-19. College is about connecting, community, and forming relationships. As they prepare to welcome students back, administrators’ focus will be on […]

Using Biophilic Building Design to Improve Patient Outcomes

Whether it’s home, work, school, or elsewhere, we spend more than 90 percent of our time indoors today. When everything from the furniture we sit on to the sources of our light are artificial, it is easy to lose the connection to the natural world that we need as human beings. This can have a […]

Designing K-12 Education Spaces for Student Mental and Emotional Wellbeing | Part 1

Architectural and Interior Design Considerations     The mental and emotional wellbeing of students has a significant impact on their development and ability to learn. The onset of COVID-19 has highlighted those needs and the critical nature of creating a healthy school environment in all aspects. A 2020 Pulse Point survey of college presidents by […]

Design Crossover: Filling the Higher Ed STEM Pipeline Starting in K-12

How Purdue University is combining community engagement, early program exposure, and cutting-edge education design to increase its engineering student pipeline. STEM careers are in increasingly high demand. Today, we don’t have the volume of prepared applicants funneling into higher education institutions to meet the workforce needs of tomorrow and continue to successfully compete in the […]

Sneak Peek: Spalding University Health Sciences Campus Expansion

  Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, is expanding its health sciences campus. We’ve partnered with them to design a training environment that helps differentiate its health sciences programs, further develop its graduate portfolio, and enhance interprofessional education. The new space is a renovation of the existing Cooke Building, a former automobile showroom. The goal is […]

Finding the Right Professional Partners for Your Mission-Based Organization

Mission- or value-based organizations—such as philanthropic organizations, non-profit colleges or universities, social service organizations, charitable foundations, and other not-for-profit entities—have additional considerations when looking for professional services partners. It’s not just about who can do the work best, but also who aligns with their brand and core values. Professional services partners can include any external […]

Designing STEM Higher Education Spaces to Fuel Economic Growth

By Sarah Hempstead and Sara Richey Creating and enhancing STEM programs, especially for engineering, is critical to developing the next generation of innovators. Feeding a pipeline of workers to support our local and regional communities is just a starting point.   Designing academic spaces for students in professional programs requires a tailored approach based in […]

How a Wind Study Informs Building Design

A wind study is an engineering tool we can use to help clients make informed design decisions. It’s not a primary component of most projects and is not done for every building design, but when it is needed, the results can make a significant impact on the daily experience users have with a building or […]