For more than two decades, Ayers Saint Gross has published an annual Comparing Campuses poster featuring campuses from colleges and universities around the world. The goal of this research is to share knowledge and to help institutions find common ground while learning from each other. Our hope is that these posters can inspire the creation of better spaces in which to live, learn, and teach.
In recent years, we have looked at campuses from specific, zoomed-in perspectives, diving deep into issues like carbon emission and open space. This year, we wanted to look at campuses more holistically. To do this, we turned to the Framework for Design Excellence, as developed by the American Institute of Architects. The Framework includes searching questions and principles around 10 subject areas, inspiring conversations about how to best design for integration, equitable communities, ecosystems, water, resources, energy, well-being, change, economy, and discovery.