Sasaki Principal Bryan Irwin, AIA, LEED AP, offered his design expertise to an article in this month's College Planning & Management. "Designing Today's Academic Libraries" analyzes the various factors, including light and color, that go into designing these buildings so central to the academic experience.
"Stairwells and circulation paths are celebrated as design features because they help emphasize a sense of movement and engagement," says Irwin of St. Edward University's Munday Library [pictured above] in Austin, Texas. "I believe that learning is about toggling back and forth between individual contemplative thought and engagement to test ideas. It raises the question: How can design support both ends of the spectrum?"
In the article, Irwin also references The State of Academic Librarian Spaces, a survey published by Sasaki earlier this year. Click here to read the full article on College Planning & Management's website.