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July 16, 2021

Campus Tour | Drexel University

Founding Vision and Turning Points

This campus tour will explore the campus by era, illustrating how various forces and prevailing attitudes towards city life have influenced the campus’s evolution.
Abstract: From its beginnings in 1891, Philadelphia’s Drexel University has been a distinctly and intentionally urban institution. This campus tour will explore the campus by era, illustrating how various forces and prevailing attitudes towards city life have influenced the campus’s evolution. We will begin our tour with the extraordinary Main Building and conclude by sharing recent partnerships—with developers, the School District of Philadelphia, and others—that are enlivening the campus and strengthening its connections to the city.

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July 16, 2021

Campus Tour | Temple University

Main Campus

This campus tour will explore how Temple University has improved the student and visitor experience through facility upgrades and the use of ’found’ outdoor and interstitial spaces to expand its footprint.
Abstract: Over the past several years Temple University’s Main Campus has undergone an impressive physical transformation, the result of completed multiple projects from two facilities master plans and a landscape master plan. The campus has redefined its identity from an assemblage of bland modernist-era buildings to a dynamic environment with signature contemporary architecture, an active and unifying landscape, and a preserved historic architectural core. This campus tour will explore how Temple University has improved the student and visitor experience through facility upgrades and the use of ’found’ outdoor and interstitial spaces to expand its footprint.

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July 15, 2021

Go Outside! Learnscapes and Optimizing the Spaces In Between

In this session, we'll discuss how to connect structure, landscape, and sustainability to counter VUCA and establish stable and productive learning environments that enhance performance, creativity, and wellness through connections to nature and newly-expanded views and perspectives.
Abstract: Pandemics aren't going away, which is why institutions must invest in permanent outdoor learnscapes to optimize educational outcomes. In this session, we'll discuss how to connect structure, landscape, and sustainability to counter VUCA and establish stable and productive learning environments that enhance performance, creativity, and wellness through connections to nature and newly-expanded views and perspectives. Come discover new ways to transform your outdoor campus spaces with wellness-oriented designs to offset enrollment decline, maintain stable learning conditions, and stabilize class sizes.

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July 15, 2021

Building Diversity Through Innovative Engagement and Flexible Design

Join us to learn how you can engage diverse student groups in the design process with social media and new technology to create more inclusive and equitable campus spaces.
Abstract: Historically disenfranchised students are now gaining unprecedented empowerment and awareness, and in this session, we'll show how strategic and innovative engagement further empowers student diversity through design. Designing campus spaces with equitable access for all students can greatly improve their sense of engagement, safety, wellness, and belonging. Join us to learn how you can engage diverse student groups in the design process with social media and new technology to create more inclusive and equitable campus spaces.

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July 15, 2021

Observed Themes in Higher Education Planning and Design From the 2021 Excellence Award Entries and Recognition of Winners

The 2021 jury members will share observations and trends from this year’s entries and acknowledge award recipients. Award certificates will be distributed at the end of the program.
Abstract: Awards programs are a way to not only recognize and applaud those individuals and organizations whose achievements exemplify excellence but also to provide learning opportunities for everyone whose lives and passions involve higher education. The 2021 jury members will share observations and trends from this year’s entries and acknowledge award recipients. Award certificates will be distributed at the end of the program. Congratulations to the 2021 winners!

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July 15, 2021

Campus Tour | Loyalist College

Destination Loyalist

Join us for a campus tour that will guide you through the college's state-of-the-art facilities and give you an inside look at its uniquely supportive community.
Abstract: As Ontario's destination college, Loyalist College empowers its campus community through experiential, industry cluster-based education, training, and applied research programs. The college is a key driver of social and economic health in eastern Ontario, offering more than 70 full-time programs in a variety of fields including sciences, business, and skilled trades. Join us for a campus tour that will guide you through the college's state-of-the-art facilities and give you an inside look at its uniquely supportive community.

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July 15, 2021

Campus Tour | Wilfrid Laurier University

Lazaridis Hall

Lazaridis Hall at Wilfrid Laurier University is a new campus landmark designed for academic collaboration and connection with the community.
Abstract: Lazaridis Hall at Wilfrid Laurier University is a new campus landmark designed for academic collaboration and connection with the community. To satisfy the demands of the growing technology focus within Waterloo, Ontario—the heart of Canada’s technology triangle—the building serves as a state-of-the-art incubator space to promote collaborative research between the university and community. Lazaridis Hall reframes this inward-looking campus with a new urbanity and profile, bridging the physical divide across University Avenue from the main campus. Join us for a tour of a new campus precinct that provides much needed versatile indoor and outdoor gathering spaces.

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July 14, 2021

Every Campus Has One

Redeeming the Intractable Modernist Building

In this session, you'll learn from three institutions' different but successful approaches: wrapping an existing building; inserting new construction within an existing complex; and reorienting an existing building.
Abstract: Renovation—opposed to new construction—leverages existing assets, which is inherently more sustainable and cost-efficient, and allows facilities to remain in their established central campus locations. Virtually every campus has at least one building that seems to defy any attempt at renovation, but with some imaginative reinvention, we'll demonstrate how you can transform your campus's outdated facility and realize its full potential. In this session, you'll learn from three institutions' different but successful approaches: wrapping an existing building; inserting new construction within an existing complex; and reorienting an existing building.

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July 14, 2021

Connecting Wellbeing With Learning and Engagement

We'll demonstrate how two universities are using design to drive impact, sharing resources, and working together to build programs that prioritize student wellbeing.
Abstract: During the pandemic, institutions are pivoting away from traditional silos and turning to internal integration to advance whole student wellbeing—building human capacity, resiliency, and confidence to meet challenges and persist. Wellbeing should not be an afterthought, but rather a driving principle that guides decisions throughout the planning process. We'll demonstrate how two universities are using design to drive impact, sharing resources, and working together to build programs that prioritize student wellbeing. Join us to find out how intentional integration of curriculum, adjacencies, policies, and recruitment can benefit your bottom line and campus environment.

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July 14, 2021

Campus Tour | Tshwane University of Technology

A Journey Towards Digital Transformation

Join us to find out how this people’s university makes knowledge work in our journey towards digital transformation via integrated planning and effective monitoring, evaluation, and reporting.
Abstract: Tshwane University of Technology is the largest multi-campus contact university in South Africa and one of the preeminent universities of technology on the African continent. Join us to find out how this people’s university makes knowledge work in our journey towards digital transformation via integrated planning and effective monitoring, evaluation, and reporting.

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