Higher Education

Silicon Valley Vibe Permeates Higher Ed Building Design

University of Maryland Computer Science Facility Emphasizes ‘Hackathon’ Energy

Published 6-23-2021

A onetime University of Maryland student who struck it big in the tech industry returned to donate significant funding for a new computer science center—one that brings Silicon Valley facilities, visible building tech, and up-to-the-minute environmental controls into College Park. Brendan Iribe left school and ended up cofounding Oculus, which was later sold to Facebook for $2 billion. He returned to Maryland with a vision for inspiring innovators of the future by providing them with spaces in which to create new technologies.

Curricular and Co-Curricular Spaces Merge Seamlessly in a Single Academic Facility

Rollins College’s New Campus Center Exemplifies an Applied Liberal Arts Education

Published 6-9-2021

Kathleen W. Rollins Hall at Rollins College in Orlando, Fla., embodies the social/entrepreneurial mission of the college and exemplifies the meaning of an applied liberal arts education. Opened in January 2020, the 29,225-sf facility collocates 10 programs that immerse students in global learning opportunities and partnerships, both on and off campus.