Higher Education

Designing Vital Places for Inspired Learning

Learning communities nurture the intangible yet invaluable—minds eager for gaining and sharing knowledge. Yet, the higher education marketplace is experiencing rapid transformation across the spectrum including technology, funding, pedagogy, resiliency, partnering and demographics. At SmithGroup, our team of higher education specialists embraces these changes and the role that design can play. We are focused on the future of this dynamic ecosystem while respecting the context and legacy of the institution and are dedicated to the mission of higher education. We design places that ignite curiosity and nurture innovation. These environments embrace new technologies and pedagogies. They foster collaboration, inspiration and engagement. They inspire future leaders. Partnering with our clients, we challenge current models and forecast how campus and student experiences will evolve over time—advancing education through design.

University of Houston-Victoria STEM Building

University of Houston–Victoria STEM Building

Across a global network of offices, SmithGroup’s Higher Education team leads the development of strategic, forward-looking planning and design for institutions of higher learning throughout the world. Offering services in design, campus planning and campus analytics & strategy, our integrated, interdisciplinary team unites architects, campus planners, engineers, strategists, landscape architects and other specialized professionals who have spent their careers dedicated to serving the vast varieties of academia. Because of our integration across markets—healthcare, research, workplace, urban design and education—we are able to help clients navigate the greatest challenges impacting their institutions from all sides. That depth of experience and breadth of talents has led to resonant and relevant solutions for more than 700 Higher Education clients spanning Ivy League schools, major public research universities, local community colleges and private liberal arts institutions.

Risman Plaza

Kent State University Risman Plaza and Student Green

Virginia Tech Innovation Campus and Academic 1 Building

Virginia Tech - Innovation Campus and Academic 1 Building

University of Michigan-Dearborn Engineering Building

University of Michigan-Dearborn Engineering Lab Building 

Texas A&M University–Commerce Nursing and Health Sciences Building

Texas A&M University–Commerce Nursing and Health Sciences Building