Author Archives: Paul Orban

Understanding the Student Experience: Part Four

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Staying true to its promise to Design for People, BHDP initiated four virtual focus groups with higher education students to understand how remote learning has impacted their college experience. In this blog, Paul Orban reflects on the student responses from the fourth and final focus group.

6 questions to consider before starting an on-campus construction project

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Higher ed leadership and design-team partnerships are key to success—for the institution and the students By Paul Orban Constructing campus facilities based on space needs, existing campus and building configurations, and technology is no longer enough. It is vital to provide a more recognizable and memorable student experience, while at the same time supporting an […]

Interdisciplinary Spaces: Redefining Education, Encouraging Entrepreneurship

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Paul Orban, AIA, LEED AP, market leader for the higher education studio at BHDP, examines the purposes and benefits of “creative lab” spaces on college campuses that encourage collaboration across disciplines and lead to the generation of new ideas among faculty and students alike. Increased competition from online colleges is prompting many to question the […]

Creating an Immersive Experience through Experiential Branding and Wayfinding

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In this article for University Business, Paul Orban, market leader for higher ed at BHDP, and Tim Smith, director of experiential branding, share how wayfinding and environmental graphics have become integral parts of an institution’s architectural expression.   The needs of those who work and learn in institutions of higher education require environments that reflect […]

Designing for Impact: Strategies to Attract and Retain Students

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Paul Orban, market leader for higher education at BHDP, shares how building design and campus planning can help colleges attract and retain students in the competitive landscape of student enrollment.   Increasing enrollment is a priority for many institutions. The race is on to create a marketplace distinction in order to attract new students and […]