School of Architecture and Environmental Design
Client: Bowling Green State University
Location: Bowling Green, Ohio
  • Adaptive reuse of 31,000sf.
  • Transformed a dark nondescript warehouse into a bright, exciting and inspiring space for the Department of Architecture & Environmental Design.
  • Open floor plan puts learning on display and generates an energized atmosphere.
  • A 300' long crit-wall of tackable surface provides the opportunity to highlight the work of the students.
  • Row of whiteboard pivot-walls divide the gallery from the studio space and provides the flexibility for group or individual critiques.
Interesting Fact: One of the most influential factors in the design, aside from the goals and aspirations outlined by the University, were budget and schedule. We identified a limited pallet of materials (drywall, homasote, limited areas of storefront, salvaged chalkboard slates) that would fit the budgetary constraints and looked for a design strategy that maximized every dollar.
Awards: Cincinnati Design Awards - Merit Award, Built Work

What was once a dark, nondescript, underutilized warehouse was recently transformed into a bright, exciting and adaptive space for BGSU’s Department of Architecture & Environmental Design. The design includes trailblazing design studios, administrative offices, shared group learning spaces, and a resource and media library fit for the current state and future of education.

"This project absolutely deserves recognition for the design team's creativity in meeting all of the Department's space needs, introducing selective, yet extremely impactful, key design elements and doing so with a tight budget."
– Steven Krakoff, Former Vice President for Capital Planning & Campus Operations, Bowling Green State University
"The open floor plan puts learning on display, generating an energized atmosphere of creativity, a variety of work areas and interaction points designed to spark idea exchange and innovation."
– Ivan Vukcevich, Project Designer, SHP