Modern teaching environments are designed to respond to various modes of learning and support the social needs of students, while addressing factors related to sustainability, security, technology, and culture. Incorporating these complex drivers is central to our planning and design work for universities and colleges.
Our experience ranges from comprehensive studies aimed at renovating outmoded facilities to delivering state-of-the-art facilities both on campuses as well as in nontraditional environments. In 2007, San Francisco State University opened its new Downtown Campus in the Westfield Center – part of the largest shopping mall in the Western U.S. Huntsman planned and designed 130,000 square feet of classrooms and support spaces for the College of Extended Learning, the College of Business MBA program, and various other departments. The planning concept acknowledges the urban mixed-use context by linking the public spaces of the university to those of the shopping center, as opposed to separating the two. Since the opening of the campus, enrollment has exceeded projections for all programs, and the facility continues to be a draw for both staff and students.
Huntsman has completed campus facilities for private educational institutions throughout the Western U.S., including technical facilities for programs including culinary arts, fashion design, set design, and audio and video production. In addition, we have provided design and long range strategic planning services for institutions including New York University, Stanford University, the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and California State University - East Bay where our focus was re-imagining the campus library to accommodate future technology and learning modes.
Going, Going, Gone? The Dilemma of a Midcentury Campus Building
by Keith Turner, AIA
Essential Ingredients for Successful 21st Century Teaching and Learning Environments
by Keith Turner, AIA
"Nontraditional Sites for Academic Campuses," Urban Land, March 2008
by Daniel Huntsman, LEED AP and Sascha Wagner, IIDA CID LEED AP