Academic

At VMDO we are dedicated to creating enduring and engaging academic environments for learning and research that encourage and support student and faculty engagement within and across curricula, campuses, and communities.

Academics

Whether designing for the sciences, humanities, business, engineering, fine arts, or other educational disciplines, we strive to make academic buildings that support and build strong academic communities, connect people to one another, and expand the knowledge and inquiry shared between people in those communities.

The design process begins with creating and reinforcing a building’s connections to the larger campus, landscape, and natural setting and carries inside to the design of generous community spaces that foster day-to-day interaction and encounters between students and faculty, which can be so fruitful for discovery and exchange. Along with these areas for congregation, we carefully consider and design circulation spaces such as corridors and stairs, so that these unscheduled places support learning outside the classroom.

For the design of academic instructional spaces, we couple a detailed understanding of the spectrum of learning environments and ongoing evolutions in them, with a delight in advancing learning space design through deep engagement with faculty and students. From the traditional lecture and seminar room, to the active learning classroom, to group study and informal learning spaces, and across specialized laboratory and technical instructional settings, we tailor solutions to support the teaching and learning approaches and evolutions appropriate to each institution.

At the same time that technology increasingly plays a larger role in the classroom and allows for transmission and exchange across distance and time, we endeavor to incorporate it in intuitive ways that support intentional interaction and celebrate the power of place in supporting deep and meaningful academic exchange and discovery.

Whether designing for the sciences, humanities, business, engineering, fine arts, or other educational disciplines, we strive to make academic buildings that support and build strong academic communities, connect people to one another, and expand the knowledge and inquiry shared between people in those communities.

The design process begins with creating and reinforcing a building’s connections to the larger campus, landscape, and natural setting and carries inside to the design of generous community spaces that foster day-to-day interaction and encounters between students and faculty, which can be so fruitful for discovery and exchange. Along with these areas for congregation, we carefully consider and design circulation spaces such as corridors and stairs, so that these unscheduled places support learning outside the classroom.

For the design of academic instructional spaces, we couple a detailed understanding of the spectrum of learning environments and ongoing evolutions in them, with a delight in advancing learning space design through deep engagement with faculty and students. From the traditional lecture and seminar room, to the active learning classroom, to group study and informal learning spaces, and across specialized laboratory and technical instructional settings, we tailor solutions to support the teaching and learning approaches and evolutions appropriate to each institution.

At the same time that technology increasingly plays a larger role in the classroom and allows for transmission and exchange across distance and time, we endeavor to incorporate it in intuitive ways that support intentional interaction and celebrate the power of place in supporting deep and meaningful academic exchange and discovery.

Recent Work

Virginia Wesleyan College Greer Environmental Sciences Center

Virginia Wesleyan College Greer Environmental Sciences Center

The Greer Environmental Sciences Center’s spatial and visual connections will help create an inspiring…

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Graduate Center for Jefferson Fellows

Graduate Center for Jefferson Fellows

The mission of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation is to attract graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral candidates…

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George Mason University Innovation Hall Renovation

George Mason University Innovation Hall Renovation

Working closely with GMU’s Division of Instructional Technology and Information Technology Unit, VMDO…

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Recent Blog Posts

Unveiling Virginia Wesleyan College’s Greer Environmental Sciences Center

In May 2015, we were proud to join Virginia Wesleyan College in revealing the design of the new Greer Environmental Sciences Center.

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Learning Spaces Design

At VMDO we strive to create spaces and buildings that support and enhance student learning in all of its diverse forms.

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Learning Spaces Collaboratory

​On April 8, 2016, Principal Joe Atkins participated in the Learning Spaces Collaboratory’s 2016 Roundtable at Boston University.

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