College and university buildings aren’t a single typology. The projects in this special section, listed below, range from art studios in a revamped industrial structure to transparent labs that showcase the work going on inside. Collectively, they demonstrate ingenious solutions for challenging sites, for adaptive reuse, and for creating buildings that foster collaboration and community.

Read the articles below, then take the online quiz to earn one hour of continuing education credit.


Continuing Education
CEU symbol To earn one AIA learning unit (LU), including one hour of health, safety, and welfare (HSW) credit, read all eight articles in the "More than Academic" special section and complete the online test. Upon passing the test, you will receive a certificate of completion, and your credit will be automatically reported to the AIA. Additional information regarding credit-reporting and continuing-education requirements can be found online at

Learning Objectives

1 Discuss strategies for balancing a desire for transparency—as an expression of an educational institution’s pedagogical mission—with the need for energy efficiency and occupant comfort.

2 Describe low-energy climate-control systems suitable for tropical climates.

3 Describe how universities are transforming former industrial buildings and disused academic buildings for new educational uses, and discuss methods for structural retrofit and seamless incorporation of new mechanical systems.

4 Discuss off-site fabrication as a strategy for building on constrained urban campuses, and outline the challenges to such an approach.


AIA/CES Course #K1911A


For CEU credit, read "Continuing Education: Colleges & Universities" and take the quiz at, or use our Architectural Record Continuing Education app, available in the iTunes store.

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