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 […]

Ask an Architect: COVID-19 Office Changes

Watch the Video Playlist:    Watch on YouTube   Now that many industries have spent several months working from home, business leaders have new questions about office needs and design. Do we even need a physical office anymore? Should we transition from an open office plan back to cubicles or walled offices? What changes can […]

Design Podcasts to Add to Your Queue

By Cassidy O’Hara  |  Cassidy is an architecture student at Ball State University, completing an internship with Schmidt Associates.   As a self-described lifetime learner, I love trying new things, teaching myself new skills (most recently rollerblading and sewing), and learning about anything and everything. Yet as a full-time architecture student, I don’t always have […]

Efficient Architecture: How Building Design Impacts Energy Consumption

When you think about a building’s energy efficiency, you likely think about its mechanical systems, such as HVAC and lighting. Improving building system design and using new technologies are critical in reducing a facility’s energy consumption. However, the building’s architectural design also plays a role in its efficiency. In fact, it sets the very foundation […]

4 Ways to Improve School Safety Through Site Design

School districts regularly tell us that student and staff safety are top priorities when taking on a new project. But safety and security don’t just mean cameras and metal detectors. As designers, we can implement strategies that help create a secure environment before you ever walk into the building. Crime prevention and traffic control are […]

Material Selections to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Healthcare Facilities

By Elizabeth Bishop, Interior Designer specializing in Healthcare. The COVID-19 pandemic was an unexpected blow to the healthcare system. Just weeks into the pandemic, we were talking about dramatic changes to how hospitals and other healthcare facilities should be designed and operated in the future. If you didn’t have a renovation already in the pipeline, […]