Today’s campuses are asked to satisfy a wide range of needs in the world around them. They perform symbolic as well as practical functions and must reflect the values not only of their governing institution, but of their city and the wider culture as well. In this regard, colleges and universities are similar to other public landscapes, but, unlike parks and plazas, the educational campus should manifest an identity of its own.
Often, when people say that an institutional campus is attractive, they are talking about the landscape—trees, lawns, circulation, vistas—in addition to the buildings that the landscape contains. We envision academic landscapes as richly textured places, with intriguing details and layers of meaning held together by a sense of beauty and design unity. We believe that such landscapes can inspire a sense of identity and belonging, as well as one of serious academic endeavor and reflection.
Halvorson Design has collaborated with a variety of public and private institutions to help them visualize and achieve their campus goals. A few of our past and current clients include:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of New Hampshire
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester State University
Boston Architectural College
Harvard Business School
Harvard Law School