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Merger of Equals

Over a hundred years ago, the idea of co-education wasn’t even a consideration for two brothers who divided a piece…

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Steering over Aiming

A conversation with any school’s leadership about the history of its campus planning quickly reveals the trials and triumphs of…

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Ink versus Think

David Ogilvy was an advertising guru. And much, much more. He was a sous chef. A traveling salesman. A pollster.…

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When Drama Met Data: A Love Story

It’s a tale old as time. One day, Drama met Data, and it was dislike at first sight. Drama found…

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Abracadabra

There’s a story about Harry Houdini, who as an accomplished illusionist and escape artist, was comparing magic tricks with a…

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… Plan B?

So here’s a puzzling question. What do you do when your campus plan doesn’t resonate with your community—scrap it, change…

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A Windfall

“Because we can or because we have to?” There’s a question for the ages! One that comes up often. Yes,…

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A Signature Program

Cities are fascinating places. When you’re on the outskirts looking in, you can feel like you’re missing out on something.…

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The Best Exotic 21st Century Skill

I recently read this excerpt from the movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, where Judi Dench, who plays a grieving widow,…

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Tradition and Change

Time changes everything. It can render buildings beloved or obsolete. And sometimes both. After years of teaching in two small…

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Kings, Popes, and Image Strategy

Campus image is a tough subject. Ask a room full of people “what should this place or project look like?”…

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Building the Brand

“No good book has ever been written that has in it symbols arrived at beforehand and stuck in,” says Hemingway.

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A New Era of Science

In 1961, the school opened facilities that captured a broad vision for teaching and learning science, declaring, “[graduates] should possess…

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Glocal

How is the world changing? How does that change impact institutional strategy? These were the knotty subjects tackled in a…

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Inspired Learners, Then and Now

I remember our first visit to one of the oldest and most revered educational institutions in the world. You arrive…

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Advancing the Learning Experience

There’s a story one of our client’s tells about the development of their now 50-year-old science building.

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Sustaining the Future

Like many established institutions, this prominent Seminary’s campus setting reflects a combination of visions over many generations. Over a long…

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Permanence

When the founder set out to make a new campus, he had a vision—a school with a strong ecclesiastical focus,…

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Room to Grow

Stewardship isn’t easy. It’s an especially weighty responsibility for an institution founded in 1749, even more so when future development…

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On Sustainability

We are often asked about the issue of sustainability and its role in the campus planning process and outcomes. As…

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New Entry Point

Student population is one of the “most debated, least resolved” conversations around independent school Board tables. Usually the size of…

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Lifelong Learning

I was recently part of a round table discussion on learning and learning initiatives. Conversation turned pretty quickly to the…

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Distinct Sense of Place

Sometimes one is greater than two. Particularly for this co-ed day school that has long dreamed of uniting both of…

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Community Engagement

Growing cheek by jowl with the surrounding town had taught a centuries old institution the value of being a good…

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Having a Strategic View

On the headmaster’s coffee table was the school’s centennial book, a beautifully bound and printed history of their first one…

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Capacity for the Unexpected

Being in a position to take advantage of unexpected opportunities is a hallmark of successful campus planning. This is where…

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Our Favorite Story About Foresight

Founded in 1379, this college is one of the oldest, most storied institutions in western history. It has a great…

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Building Community

Foresight, vision, and a strong sense of stewardship have become hallmarks of this school’s success since its founding in 1912.…

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Empathy

We often use models to rapid prototype ways of looking at campus development initiatives—where something may reside, its relationship to…

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Campus Image and Institutional Strategy

We often say that campus image forms “a student’s first impression and an alumni’s lasting memory.” Campus planning done well…

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Linking Priorities

For many years this school was the only game in town. Established on 75 acres of rolling meadowland and wetlands,…

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Zoom

I freely admit it; I love children’s books. They often have a single, clear idea, and that idea is expressed…