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Adapting Campus Spaces for Generation Z at Carnegie Mellon University

Published March 9, 2021
Presented by Matt Plecity, GBBN Architects | Tyng Peck, Carnegie Mellon University | Bob Reppe, Carnegie Mellon University | Stephen Mrdjenovich, GBBN
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Carnegie Mellon University

Generation Z is now on campus and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has been preparing. Different from Millennials, Gen Z are digital natives who need campus spaces that engage with this expertise and their preference for hands-on learning. In this session we'll share two recent CMU projects addressing Gen Z's preference for experiential learning, their digital proficiency, and their entrepreneurial spirit. Join us to find out how CMU uses space to engage Gen Z and apply these methods to learning spaces on your campus.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain how to integrate Gen Z's characteristics and experiential learning preferences into your campus planning while addressing the added stress they face in uncertain times.
  2. Provide Gen Z students ease of access by marrying academic spaces with student services.
  3. Identify strategic adjacencies in academic maker spaces to engage Gen Z students.
  4. Apply strategies to dynamically program existing buildings for better engagement with the Gen Z student population.


Matt Plecity

Associate Principal
GBBN Architects

Tyng Peck

Architecture Student
Carnegie Mellon University

Bob Reppe

Senior Director
Planning and Design Carnegie Mellon University

Stephen Mrdjenovich


Continuing Education Units: AIA LU 1.0 Unit (SCUPM21C1000) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit

Recorded March 9, 2021.

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