(EDWARDSVILLE, Ill.) A group of SIUE Housing staff and SIUE students, teamed with architects from Mackey Mitchell Architects of St. Louis, have created their vision of the residence hall of the future, a design that was voted the People's Choice Award in the second phase of a three-phase competition conducted by the Association of College & University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I).
It was the second time that the SIUE-Mackey Mitchell design concept captured the imagination of attendees for the People's Choice Award.
The overall winning design of the 21st Century Project, as the competition has been called, will eventually lead to prototypes being constructed on identified campuses. The overall winner-created by the team of "net+work+camp+us," which consists of four architects-incorporates modular rooms around atriums, with several areas and spaces conducive to study.
The SIUE plan includes a design structured around European-style piazzas, as well as sliding doors that can be rearranged easily to expand and contract communal areas within suites.
According to Mike Schultz, director of SIUE University Housing, the SIUE team was the only one that included students. "One of the reasons I think we were fortunate to be awarded the Peoples Choice Award two years in a row, is because our team was the only team that included practitioners, users and design professionals in the design of the 21st Century," Schultz said. "This not only made the design realistic but it provided useful innovations that will build community.
"I think it is a great honor for SIUE to be the only higher education institution to compete and be so successful in this competition. Our collaboration with Mackey Mitchell and the expertise of its architects has been a great learning experience for all those involved." Mackey Mitchell is known nationwide for its expertise in providing student housing to campuses including Kansas State University, The University of Notre Dame, Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Cincinnati.
The SIUE concept focuses on the "block and neighborhood" of a residence hall community, defined by the interaction of the students and the relationship between public and private spaces, and how those concepts foster social and academic activity, Schultz explained. Each contestant was challenged to incorporate sustainable features, finding creative uses of technology as it relates to both the social and academic component of the residence hall and a flexible, multi-use of space.
Narbeth Emmanuel, vice chancellor for Student Affairs, said the efforts of the Housing members as part of the design team are indicative of the excellent work they do on a daily basis for the students. "Much of SIUE's Housing success can be attributed to the excellence of both our residential and facilities staff who bring a level of commitment and excellence that is high valued and appreciated by our residential students which is reflected in our Educational Benchmarking Inventory (EBI) surveys," Emmanuel said.
Results from the competition will be shared at the ACUHO-I Annual Conference & Exposition to be held this June in Orlando, Fla.