An evolution is taking place to redefine the role that classrooms and academic centers play in education. Moving past classrooms as lecture platforms, facilities are now places where students partner with teachers in the learning process.
BWBR has designed for educational clients and projects since the firm was established 100 years ago. We develop more than places for students to attend classes; we develop centers that support the intellectual, social, and psychological needs of growing minds. Done right, these spaces inspire students to explore ideas, invite collaborative learning, and turn curiosity into discoveries.Get in Touch
Institutions today are challenged to do more with less. BWBR’s team helps you realize the full value of your existing buildings and understand all of your renovation and repurposing options. Our innovative, problem-solving approach makes the highest and best use of what you have, relying on utilization data to deeply understand your space usage and needs.+
Performance design and sustainability are integral parts of BWBR’s design process, whether it is optimizing the project’s use of energy and water resources, reducing the operational and embodied carbon footprint, achieving industry recognized sustainability standards, or meeting financial and wellbeing goals.+
LEARNING AND LIVING ENVIRONMENTS
Academic institutions must be prepared to meet the evolving needs of today’s students. This includes balancing synchronous, asynchronous, and remote learning, and offering hands-on learning experiences through community engagement, makerspaces, simulation, and 3D visualization.
EVERY SPACE IS A LEARNING SPACE
BWBR believes that every space on campus is an opportunity for learning, growth, and community-building. These interactions help students make the most of every moment on campus and maximize every opportunity for growth.
BWBR is dedicated to addressing the complexities of designing for all people via a process that keeps wellness, equity, and mental health support at the forefront of design decisions. We believe design is best when it engages diverse perspectives, removes obstacles, leverages its ability to bring people together, and creates spaces that build better communities.+
Crown College provides biblically-based education and strives to help students build community and lifelong, authentic relationships during their time in...01
Buena Vista University
The phased renovation of Siebens Forum, located below the campus mall and partially underground, transformed the dated and dark spaces...02
This two-phased science project created a new science building at Carroll University, supporting the institution’s strategic plan to “improve academic...03
University of Minnesota
The new Women’s Gymnastics facility will be located in Athletes Village adjacent to the Indoor Football Practice Facility. The new practice facility...04
University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota is adding a new building to the Saint Paul Campus in order to develop state-of-the-art fermentation...05
University of St. Thomas
BWBR was hired by the University of St. Thomas (UST) to provide overall space programming for the new College of...06
August 11, 2023
The built environment is accountable for a substantial 40% of annual global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
June 8, 2021
Back in 2013, Hanna Kuehl, CID, LEED AP, Steve Berg, AIA, and the team at BWBR were given a brand-new...
July 2, 2019
Learning is more effective when it is activity-based and done collaboratively. Classroom space design can effectively support both collaborative, active...
May 13, 2019
WAUKESHA, Wis. – Carroll University’s Rankin Hall recently received the George Gunn Award for Excellence in Architectural Preservation and Historic...
November 27, 2018
Brookview Elementary School, part of the Stillwater (Minn.) Area Public Schools, received AIA Minnesota’s highest recognition for design at the...