How Higher Education is Approaching Building Utilization Differently

By David Wilkins & Thom Danckaert
Higher Education

The post-pandemic world of higher education has shifted institution’s priorities in appealing to current higher education students. Effects from COVID-19 and social distancing, technology advances, and updated teaching and learning styles have changed the landscape. More than 25% of students are choosing online courses, one-fifth of students enrolled are over the age of 30, and students are balancing part-time class loads with jobs and other responsibilities.

David Wilkins, AIA, NCI

David Wilkins leads GMB's Higher Education practice. His strengths lie in long-range planning, identifying institutional drivers, then connecting those to a practical plan for campus development. He is passionate about how spaces can inspire people and embody a school's mission in a tactical way.

Thom Danckaert, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB

Thom is a project lead and architect with GMB. He sees architecture as a journey to discover a client’s needs and goals resulting in an environment that exceeds their expectations.