Monday, 17 May 2010
In this week’s architecture issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, Shepley president Carole Wedge joins Ted Landsmark, president of Boston Architectural College; Karen Van Lengen, former dean of the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture; and Kate Schwennsen, associate dean of Iowa State’s College of Design for a discussion of women in architecture.
The article discusses design aesthetics, leadership styles, and challenges in the profession. Carole’s comments reflect remarks from an in-house conversation with five other female designers in the firm. As she notes in the article, “the subject of women in ...[more]
Monday, 13 April 2009
Annie Newman, who leads Shepley Bulfinch’s master planning work, is April’s guest blogger on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Buildings and Grounds web page.
Nationally recognized for her work on space utilization, Annie spoke on the subject at the 2008 Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) annual conference in Montreal.
Her blogs appear on the Chronicle’s website four times this month (see links below).
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
How does a liberal arts education remain a valid, viable and affordable pathway for millennial students?
That was the big question at last week’s conference at Wake Forest on Rethinking Success, from the Liberal Arts to Careers in the 21st century, which drew academic and student development leaders from across the country.
Conference participants talked at length about how the skills that are central to academic success are also vital to building a sustainable career in the 21st century. It is imperative that colleges and universities not only support the skills ...[more]
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
In early November I attended the Educause 2009 conference in Denver and a series of discussions about technology and higher education. I left with three takeaways that warrant further reflection and discussion:
- What’s the relationship between the current higher education budgetary crisis and shifts in IT/ Library organizational structures and service philosophies?
- Seventy percent of scholarly research in the humanities is now being published digitally. In the transition from print to digital library collections, are academic libraries at a tipping point?
- What does the word “library” mean today? As library facilities expand to include programs for student life, student success, teaching excellence, and technology support, does the building type need ...[more]
Thursday, 7 April 2016
While the library’s importance to higher education has remained constant, its physical shape has changed dramatically over the course of the last century.
19th century academic libraries reflected the pedagogy and culture of the period: formal buildings with grand spaces and quiet, well-appointed reading rooms. By the middle of the 20th century these buildings faced a new challenge. Unable to respond to cultural shifts, rapid enrollment and collections growth, many of them were abandoned to other programs or demolished, making room for the new “library of the future.” These 20th century “state of ...[more]
Monday, 5 October 2015
In the tranquil, majestic landscape of rural northern Rwanda, an ambitious vision is beginning to take shape that promises to transform medical education, research, and treatment in resource-poor settings.
Design is now underway for the first phase of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) campus in Butaro, giving form to the vision that Paul Farmer and Partners In Health have advanced for three decades. Building on that experience and leveraging the unique expertise of Rwanda’s health sector, UGHE will train the next generation of global health leaders from ...[more]
Wednesday, 8 April 2015
Maya Lin, whose balance between art and architecture is evident in her very first project, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and throughout her career, and Shepley Bulfinch, with an impressive portfolio of higher education projects, have been selected to partner on the re-imagining and redesign of Smith College’s Neilson Library. The project, which will be Lin’s first college library and one of the most significant capital projects in Smith College’s history, is expected to break ground in 2017.
Smith College President Kathleen McCartney said that the Lin/Shepley Bulfinch team was chosen for the project after an international search. “Maya Lin’s celebrated work within the combined fields of architecture, art and landscape, coupled ...[more]