A collegiate education is an opportunity to leave home, broaden experience, and grow: socially, academically, and in perspective. That does not mean all home comforts have to be left behind. Today’s undergraduate and graduate students increasingly expect a home away from home when it comes to their living accommodation. The quality of that accommodation is an important factor in their college decision process and a key component of every institution’s reputation.
Accommodating High Expectations Through Design Excellence
The Schmidt Associates Design Team believes first and foremost that institutional accommodation never needs to be institutionalized. Faceless blocks, anonymous spaces and a utilitarian ethos do nothing to enhance campus pride or provide positive differentiation in a competitive higher education market. That’s why our philosophy is the direct opposite of institutionalized. From our initial designs to our final finishes, we strive to build places to live as opposed to “units of accommodation”.
Whether we are refurbishing are existing accommodation or breaking fresh ground with a completely new building, we challenge ourselves to creating environments we would be pleased to call home. In part, this means a welcoming and human scale rather than a regimented, monolithic approach. It means designing for a balance between privacy and socialization, so that all residents feel they can be alone when they want to but are never isolated. It means creating a solid base, from which students can start their day feeling secure and energized and to which they can return with a real sense of coming home.
So Much More Than Somewhere To Crash
For today’s students, their accommodation is much more than a mere dorm room or just somewhere to crash. It is their social center, their technology hub, their fitness center, and the forge where their college day memories are cast. The institution that understands these expectations and exceeds them is well placed in the drive to grow positive reputation, strong appeal, and supportive alumni. To discover more about how our Schmidt Associates team can help you successfully accommodate the next generation, talk to us.