Gould and Architecture Halls have been full of excitement and activity with classes and community events in full swing. In the second year of our two-year strategic framework implementation, we are asking important questions about how CBE can be more of a leader in showing how built environments can elevate the experience of our students, faculty, staff, and other members of the community. While many of our spaces are rightfully beloved, there are challenges – some of which arise from unaddressed deferred maintenance, and some from spaces that are not well matched to our evolving goals as we test and develop an academic work- and learning-place of the future. We have the opportunity to model investment in adapting existing buildings – knowing that the most sustainable building is usually an existing building and that the history embedded in our spaces have great value. At the same time as our pedagogy and research grow more interdisciplinary and collaborative, many important activities are occurring in ad-hoc ways.
I invite you to explore and engage.