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210,000 SF

Three-story project combining three existing buildings

Armstrong Student Center

01 Challenge

Partnering with the more than 200-year-old institution, we began with three existing buildings in an effort to transform the campus' student center—which was outdated and underutilized—and enhance the "Miami Experience" for all students.

02 Solution

Our design team worked to create a new facility that combined student socialization, professional development, recreation, dining, and events all under one roof while honoring Miami's strong history steeped in tradition.

Sketch of the Miami Armstrong cafe

Quick Facts

Phase 1 Completed in 2014

Phase 2 Completed in 2017

The Pavilion Seats up to 850 people

Harry T. Wilks Theater Seats up to 500 people

Honoring Tradition

Working with Miami University, an institution with strong roots and a large alumni base, we knew we needed to understand and learn about the school's rich traditions and history. Chartered in 1805, the university's name is derived from the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, which once inhabited the land where the university is now situated. Moreover, design elements and features throughout the building emphasize traditions that will be cherished by past and future generations for years to come.

The Armstrong Student Center represents the embodiment of a new heart and soul of campus life that is uniquely Miami’s, now and for future generations of Miamians to enjoy.

John Seibert, Miami's Director of Planning, Architecture, and Engineering
Students sitting in the Shade Family Room at Miami University's Armstrong Student Center

Shade Family Room

Inside the main entrance, students and visitors are immediately immersed in the "Miami Experience" as they enter the Shade Family Room. The room not only features images and memorabilia chronicling the university’s 200-plus years, it also provides a warm atmosphere for students to gather and interact; it is the family room of the university.

Students milling around Cafe Lux at Miami University

European Café

Inspired by Miami's study abroad program in Luxembourg, Café Lux offers students a coffee shop experience in the building's east wing. This inviting spot is nestled among various gathering, retail, and conference spaces.

Students seated a Pulley Diner at the Armstrong Student Center

Retro Dining Experience

Among the student center's plethora of dining options, the Bob and Dorris '52 Pulley Diner serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a retro space outfitted with booths, dining counter stools, and a milkshake bar reminiscent of a 1950's diner. 

A glee club sings from the second floor of the Armstrong Student Center rotunda to a crowd below

Unifying Rotunda

The symbolic center of the building is a signature space, featuring a detailed 3D version of the university seal beneath the rotunda's skylight, created with real objects and containing students' words and artwork to link the university's past, present, and future.