If you’re attending SEAHO 2018 in Biloxi, Mississippi this week, I hope you’ll visit Ayers Saint Gross at booth 303, and join us for our education session on the importance of outside-the-unit spaces in student housing.

Customized Spaces Support Engaged Students
In the age of virtual communication and social media, student housing communities need spaces outside the unit more than ever to facilitate interaction and connection. Carving out the right amount of space is the first step in connecting students to their institutions; having the right mix of spaces is equally important. Finally, customizing these spaces to the culture, spirit, and academic pursuits of the residents is critical to the vibrancy of the community.

Vibrant communities lead to engaged students, and engaged students achieve more success. Our education session will review case studies at Ringling College of Art and Design and other institutions to illustrate how allocating and customizing outside-the-unit spaces in student housing fosters strong communities to drive student success.

Participants will gain an overview of outside-the-unit space benchmarks from the Ayers Saint Gross student housing database, including:

  • The application of these concepts at Ringling College of Art and Design, including increasing the vibrancy of a developing campus edge, using outdoor spaces to connect students to the broader campus, and incorporating student art into the design.
  • Cases studies from other campuses including Goucher College, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Colby College.
  • How accounting for de-densification of older residence halls in a housing master plan maximizes the student experience across housing inventory, not just in new construction.

Tammy Walsh, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students at Ringling College of Art and Design
Dennis Lynch, Principal, Ayers Saint Gross
Cooper Melton, Senior Associate, Ayers Saint Gross

SEAHO 2018
Thursday, March 8, 2018
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Session 4

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