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The march of globalisation in the education sector continues to gather pace, with universities from regions such as South East Asia showing signs of catching up the established markets in Europe and North America.
In an ever more uncertain world, people are increasingly seeing education as their route to prosperity and are seeking to invest time and money – but also demand value from their place of study.
While the political changes of the last year in the UK and US are causing uncertainty in these regions, we are seeing the same high levels of investment by universities and private schools as they seek to stay ahead of the game. We are also well positioned to capitalise on rising nvestment in South East Asia and the increasing number of opportunities in Germany – which may attract UK university outposts as a result of Brexit.
Particular project highlights for us this year include the completion of landmark buildings for the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, the Vagelos Medical School at Columbia University and a world-class performance venue for Wells Cathedral School. We have also won great new projects in the UK at Imperial College London, Warwick, Cambridge and Durham and in the US at Pittsburgh and the
University of California, with extraordinary campus planning work at the University of North Carolina and the international Schwarzman College in China.
Our thought leadership programme has expanded dramatically including into the USA, and is giving us access to new audiences. With influence at increasingly higher levels in the sector, we are in a great position to influence the future of education.
IN HIGHER EDUCATION
The future of our world relies on the wisdom of the next generation, so it is vital that we provide young people with the very best educational opportunities.
Education Sector Global Lead
Over the last couple of years, BuroHappold’s Higher Education Thought Leadership programme has developed into a class-leading study, exploring the challenges facing our Higher Education clients through the lenses of students and senior university managers.
Developing from its base of the largest study of its type, it is now uniquely being developed to explore the challenges of our HE clients in the US. Early data from the US shows a strong correlation with UK research findings, triggering development of new service propositions for these highly competitive markets and emphasising how transferable our skills and approach are.
Spurred on by this, we are now developing digital tools that provide powerful and unique insights into spatial, experiential, and financially driven metrics. These will assist universities as they seek to improve both student experience and research firepower, staying ahead of the game in a fast-changing and increasingly globalised sector.
We are using these skills to break new ground in how educational institutions plan, design, and use their physical environments. By creating opportunities for our clients to consider how their estates are connected within both the campus and urban districts, BuroHappold continues to find ways to improve the cities in which we live.
The BuroHappold SMART team has developed an interactive dashboard that brings together data from various publicly available sources, league tables, social media and data from the BuroHappold UK student survey to help us understand what really matters to students. The tool allows users to engage with the data – explore relationships between metrics, compare universities and drill down in to what the students are really saying about their campus. The Dashboard is designed to support decision making by senior decision makers within higher education.
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UNIVERSITIES CHALLENGED RESEARCH
BuroHappold Education Dashboard showing Times Higher Education Teaching Score across Russell and non-Russell group universities in the UK.
BuroHappold Education Dashboard showing survey data from the BuroHappold UK university student research. This view show data cut by Russell group universities in London, students who have completed their university course, assessment of various features of the university estate and percentage of scores on a Likert scale.
BuroHappold Education Dashboard showing sentiment of students from a Russell group, campus based university. This data was mined from Twitter.
Duke University, USA
Uniting students, staff and faculty with smart space thinking
Duke University’s West Union building achieves perfect synthesis between historic architecture and
contemporary design. The existing 1920s Collegiate Gothic structure has been renovated, and augmented with a new, fully glazed atrium that draws daylight deep into the heart of the building to create bright, welcoming spaces in which students and faculty can relax and socialise. Our Smart Space people movement specialists were pivotal to realising this bold architectural vision, using sophisticated spatial analytics and dynamic flow simulation tools to optimise use of space in and around the union. This helped to integrate the old and new, and deliver an inspiring building that is both beautiful and high performance.
Winner: 2017 RIBA regional and national awards
Wells Cathedral School Music Centre
Engineering a symphony of sustainable solutions for the UK’s top music school
Cedars Hall provides Wells Cathedral School with world class performance facilities, befitting its position as one of the world’s finest specialist music schools. The 300 seat recital hall is augmented by teaching, rehearsing and recording spaces, enabling the classical and jazz music stars of the future to prepare for their chosen career.
Our building services engineers delivered sustainable, flexible and future-proof solutions while meeting the extraordinary acoustic performance standards demanded by the client. Our attention to detail included working with suppliers to ensure that the ventilation and lighting systems were as quiet as possible, while delivering an inspirational concert hall suitable for a wide range of performances, ranging from young children’s activities through to solo performers, chamber music and a full orchestra.
Winner: 2017 RIBA South West Building of the Year
UCL 22 Gordon Street
(The Bartlett School of Architecture)
Thinking vertically to solve a space conundrum
This complex refurbishment and extension project realised a multi award-winning, BREEAM Excellent home for UCL’s prestigious Bartlett School of Architecture. With student numbers growing year on year, our engineers were challenged to increase the teaching and communal spaces within the existing 1970s building without impacting the surrounding Bloomsbury Conservation zone. We worked closely with the local planning authority to develop a design that provides 120% more usable floor area within the existing site footprint, expanding upwards by two storeys and reorganising the layout of each floor to create more space.
Winner: 2017 RIBA Regional Award, London
Winner: 2017 New London Awards, Education Category
UCLA Engineering VI: Phase II (Computer Science)
Inspiring the next generation of engineers with a LEED Gold research facility
BuroHappold has been involved throughout the extensive expansion works at UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. In 2015, we delivered the Western Institute of Nanotechnology on Green Engineering and Metrology (WIN-GEM), and construction has now started on the new Computer Science department. Building on the success of our sustainable strategies for WIN-GEM, our engineers performed exhaustive energy modelling to harness the benefits of the Southern Californian climate to achieve an efficient, high quality new research facility that is on track to achieve its LEED Gold target.
These impressive credentials will not only ensure the development treads lightly on our planet, but also provide high performance facilities that will both attract leading talent in the field of applied science and create an ideal environment for this talent to be developed and retained.
Reaching new heights in campus design with the world’s tallest passive house
Rising 270ft to define the skyline of Cornell Tech’s new Roosevelt Island Campus, The House will be the tallest and largest residential building in the world to attain Passive House standards.
This 26 storey structure forms the cornerstone of the new 2.1 million ft2 technology campus, and sets the precedent for a development in which every building will be designed to LEED, Net Zero and Passive House principles. With projected energy reduction of 70% compared to a similar size code building, The House will save 882 tonnes of CO₂ per year – equal to planting 5,300 trees.
BuroHappold played a pivotal role in making this ambitious project viable, developing strategies that allowed Passive House principles to be elevated and applied at a far greater scale than ever before, without detracting from its core objective to provide students, faculty and staff with a comfortable and inclusive living environment.