Residence Life

A residence hall is at the heart of students’ campus experience. At VMDO, we design residence halls that support a rich living and learning environment, resonant with the culture and goals of their campus communities.

Residence Life

Student success is rooted in social connection, academic engagement, and physical well-being. A well-designed residence hall encourages all three. At VMDO, we work with our clients to establish a clear and compelling vision that captures goals that are specific to each new project. Then we find the design strategies – from campus connections to living units – that will help each unique population of students succeed. ­

Since the commission of our very first project, we have been creating residence halls designed to promote social, academic, and physical wellness. Inviting, memorable gathering spaces located along students’ natural paths of travel encourage students to interact, join in a variety of activities, and forge strong social connections. Carefully-crafted learning spaces blend social and academic experiences – encouraging singular and group study, providing the flexibility and technology to explore ideas together, and even generating opportunities to connect with professors as appropriate. Meanwhile, a safe and healthy indoor environment – with natural light, connections to the outdoors, acoustical privacy, and opportunities for both boisterous movement and calm quiet – promote the kind of well-being that is a foundation of student success.

While we offer a depth of residence hall design experience and insight, our design vision and approach is unique to each of the campus communities we serve. With consistent input from our clients, we work to develop design strategies that support the social, academic, and living experiences of students in ways that befit their student housing environments.

Student success is rooted in social connection, academic engagement, and physical well-being. A well-designed residence hall encourages all three. At VMDO, we work with our clients to establish a clear and compelling vision that captures goals that are specific to each new project. Then we find the design strategies – from campus connections to living units – that will help each unique population of students succeed. ­

Since the commission of our very first project, we have been creating residence halls designed to promote social, academic, and physical wellness. Inviting, memorable gathering spaces located along students’ natural paths of travel encourage students to interact, join in a variety of activities, and forge strong social connections. Carefully-crafted learning spaces blend social and academic experiences – encouraging singular and group study, providing the flexibility and technology to explore ideas together, and even generating opportunities to connect with professors as appropriate. Meanwhile, a safe and healthy indoor environment – with natural light, connections to the outdoors, acoustical privacy, and opportunities for both boisterous movement and calm quiet – promote the kind of well-being that is a foundation of student success.

While we offer a depth of residence hall design experience and insight, our design vision and approach is unique to each of the campus communities we serve. With consistent input from our clients, we work to develop design strategies that support the social, academic, and living experiences of students in ways that befit their student housing environments.


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