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Higher Education

Colleges and universities are challenged by an ever-changing landscape of issues: declining enrollments, decreasing public support or private fundraising, cultural shifts, student debt and affordability, inclusion, student engagement, success and retention, aging infrastructure and space planning, and accommodating new technologies.

Helping our institutional clients negotiate the issues and create environments that will serve their communities of learners and host communities into the future is a responsibility we take seriously.


Higher education has been at the core of Newman Architecture’s practice since its founding in 1964. We are consulted as both national experts and local partners, understanding the challenges and working with educators to make decisions about diversity, cost, retention and success, in addition to the nuts and bolts of design and construction. Our portfolio includes a variety of program and project types on more than 60 campuses throughout the United States and Canada.

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Whether campus master planning and new construction, or repurposing and adapting cherished buildings to meet the demands of future-ready learning, our higher education practice prioritizes campus context and a high level of design. We believe its buildings should reinforce the great outdoor spaces that make campus environments inspiring and beloved for students, educators and alumni. We excel at fundamental sustainable design strategies for projects that enhance the complete student experience: academic spaces and laboratories, learning commons, media commons, gathering spaces, dining and student centers, libraries, worship spaces, residence halls, athletic venues, and performing arts facilities.

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Clients depend on our ability to build consensus among university stakeholders, promote successful town-gown relationships, tailor projects to their needs and expectations, with different levels of funding (small to large institutions, private and public), and to support the fundraising process.

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Today’s learning spaces must accommodate evolving pedagogies and flexible learning styles. Integrating academic and social environments enriches and enlivens campus communities and learning, providing daily opportunities for intellectual, creative, social, and spiritual development. Addressing these goals with a signature architectural expression allows us to integrate high design and function with the requirements of each campus.

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