The campus ecosystem is always evolving. Over the past year, the pandemic and the shifting landscape of higher education have created a significant opportunity for colleges and universities to revisit and redefine their priorities, operations, and the future of campus development.
Ayers Saint Gross has a longstanding commitment to sharing research about planning and design for higher education. In 2020, we collected insights from college and university leaders about the impacts of COVID-19 on the physical campus and published our findings. In summer 2021, we conducted a follow-up survey to gather lessons learned about the past year and insights about campus resiliency and change.
The survey revealed optimism about higher education’s ability to adapt and meet challenges. At the same time, there is a distinct recognition of the role uncertainty plays in the future. The pandemic, climate change, and diversity, equity, and inclusion will continue to impact the physical campus. This is a time for colleges and universities to think critically about the future of space to enhance how we work, learn, and connect. In the report, we explore the impacts of the past year on teaching and learning space, the workplace, student success, and the overall campus experience through three key themes. Read more here: