Portfolio for Collegiate / Higher Ed Architecture

Collegiate / Higher Ed Architecture

We apply research and design to discover the best in collegiate architecture for today's college campuses.

We are Kirksey Collegiate - a group of talented individuals who are experts in getting to the heart of higher education and passionate about facilitating success through innovative learning environments.

The higher education landscape is constantly evolving as leaders in education look to incorporate cutting edge technology and new learning trends. With a depth of technical knowledge and a client service mentality, our team ensures that each project has unique design solutions that further the institution’s mission and embody the campus spirit.

Our Team of University Architects and Designers

Led by Steve Durham, our Collegiate Team's portfolio is built on previous success and continuous improvement, working with students, staff, faculty, and facility managers to create engaging, sustainable spaces. We have worked on 34 college campuses and built a collegiate portfolio that includes all spaces on a college campus, from student housing, student centers, dining halls, and athletic facilities to STEM centers, laboratories, and interdisciplinary buildings.


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Collegiate Team Leadership


Director of Collegiate Projects:
Steve Durham, AIA, LEED AP

Student Housing Planner:
Wes Good, AIA

We understand that creating a campus framework requires a very different approach than it did just 10 years ago. Constantly evolving technology demands that collegiate and academic spaces be flexible and adaptable over time. Today, the college campus doesn't only serve as an academic environment, it's also a home, professional workplace, training and research center, and your ultimate recruiting tool - attracting the best fit in terms of students and faculty.

At Kirksey, we believe that collegiate architecture should meet both the needs of students and administrators. Designing a collegiate or higher educational facility has its own challenges and requires a very special set of skills, which our team has applied to more than 34 college campuses. We understand that it's our responsibility to create spaces that help to empower students throughout their college experience. Our overall goal is to design with a unified campus in mind – one that is able to grow and evolve with its student body.

Our Collegiate Design Experience

From student living to student learning, Kirksey has immediate and comprehensive expertise designing for colleges and universities on a variety of different projects. We've created student housing that enhances academic performance and encourages interaction, while providing a tech-savvy environment with resort-style amenities. Our collegiate learning environments include flexible classrooms and lecture halls that adapt to evolving pedagogy and technology, as well as efficient, high quality laboratories that simulate real world environments. Kirksey Collegiate has built a portfolio that includes:

Whether it’s classrooms with unique sustainable features or student housing with modern amenities, we create engaging spaces where students can live, study, play, learn, and grow. We are Kirksey Collegiate, and we're here to design collegiate facilities that enhance campus life, while supporting and stimulating academia for generations to come.
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