Conference Recordings

Mid-century Make-over

Creating a 21st Century Learning Center and Student Hub
Published March 16, 2020
Presented by Richard Gluckman, FAIA, Founding Partner, Gluckman Tang | Nancy Trainer, FAIA, University Architect and Associate Vice President for Facilities, Drexel University | Thomas Amoroso, PLA, ASLA, Principal, Andropogon
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Drexel University

Addressing current student expectations on campuses with mid-century buildings and a tight budget requires collaboration between the client and design team as well as creative placemaking solutions. As part of repositioning for the 21st century, Drexel University renovated the Korman Center, a 1950s library, and the academic quad to serve as a 24/7 student hub and interdisciplinary academic study center that encourages student collaboration. You will learn how to develop practical, sustainable, and design-forward solutions for updating mid-century buildings and spaces that will attract and retain a diverse student population.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Actively participate in repositioning your institution to enhance its values and mission with every building project.
  2. Advocate for retaining and reusing mid-century buildings instead of overlooking their potential and writing them off as obsolete.
  3. Identify bold and sustainable design solutions that will give your institution an advantage in a competitive marketplace.
  4. Explain how to develop and implement a communication and working protocol with project teams to help insure on-time and on-budget results.

Continuing Education Units: AIA LU 1.0 Unit (SCUPM20C412) | AICP CM 1.0 Unit

Member Price: $35 USD | Non-member Price: $50 USD
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