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Women in architecture: Chronicle of Higher Education

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]

Annie Newman blogs for Chronicle of Higher Education

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).

http://chronicle.com/blogs/architecture/2746/ann-k-newman-colleges-must-think-beyond-space-management

Eco-Friendly Campuses as Teaching Tools

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

by Steve Erwin, AIA LEED AP, and Tom Kearns, AIA LEED AP

Eco-Friendly Campuses as Teaching Tools

It’s not just recycling bins anymore. Steve Erwin and Tom Kearns talk about the increasing importance of sustainable design and operations for colleges and universities in the Fall 2008 issue of the New England Journal of Higher Education.

Liberal arts education and the 21st century workforce

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]

Reflections on Educause – trends in higher education

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]

Metrics and the design of collaborative environments

Friday, 2 November 2012

A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education (“Scientific Discovery, Inspired by a Walk to the Restroom”) made the argument that locating key support facilities has a role in fostering collaborative research environments.

As a design researcher, whenever I read a piece like this that cites research without providing citations or references, I become concerned about the quality of the evidence.

I decided to do a little digging. Although I was unable to find a research study documenting a 50-foot rule (“collaboration drops to 10% when workers are more than 50 feet ...[more]

Higher utilization of assets for science program growth

19 October 2010

Tradeline College & University Science Facilities 2010, Boston, MA

Elise Woodward, Shepley Bulfinch
William E. Riley, Shepley Bulfinch
Gail Dahlstrom, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Private offices for faculty? The debate rages

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Lawrence Biemiller recently opened a HUGE can of worms in the Chronicle of Higher Education when he asked whether all faculty members really need private offices (article). At 92 comments and counting, the overwhelming majority of faculty members responding are vehemently opposed. They cite need for confidential discussions with students, inability to work in a communal environment, and challenges to status (“when administrators do it, I will”) among other reasons.

Even though I am a campus planner who works in an open, collaborative environment, I think the faculty have a ...[more]