Learning Environments

The Classroom

Learning environments are some of the most rapidly changing spaces on college and university campuses. The rise of interdisciplinary and collaborative learning has fostered a host of changes to departmental structures, institutional policies, educational pedagogy, research funding, and student life. We believe good learning environments are shaped by the activities that they contain, and space planning and design strategies are evolving in response to these changes.

Jones Architecture regularly invests our time and intellect to researching, distilling and applying trends in learning environments and changing pedagogical models. As teaching and learning approaches evolve, we work with our clients to align and anticipate future needs in the architecture, systems, furniture, AV, technology, finishes, and other aspects of the environment. Some of the trends that we see in learning include: increased competition/increased expectations, supporting broad ranges of teaching and learning styles, providing a diverse portfolio of learning environments, combinations of service and learning, finding learning spaces everywhere, and exploiting opportunities for program sharing or consolidation.

Click here for more information on our research into learning environments and here for information on our work with laboratories, or contact Rick Jones at rick@jonesarch.com if you would like to talk about your campus.


• lecture hall & case study
• team-based learning
• multimedia
• simulation labs
• learning commons
• break out spaces

Learning Environments Overview (PDF)

The Laboratory Overview (PDF)

What Activates Learning? (PDF)
View our presentation from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting on February 20, 2019 in Anaheim, CA

Harvard Hall

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Harvard Hall

College of Professional Schools: Mack Hall

Norwich University, Northfield, VT

Harvard Hall

College of Arts, Media, and Design

Northeastern University, Boston, MA


School of Social Work and Int’l Programs

Salem State University, Salem, MA

Salem State School of Social Work

Veterinary Technology Clinic

Massasoit Community College, Canton, MA

Massasoit Veterinary Technology Clinic

Innovation Campus Burlington MA (ICBM)

Northeastern University, Burlington, MA

Research Institute

Team-Based Learning/Studio Classroom

Olin College of Engineering, Needham, MA

Olin College Team-Based Learning

College of Professional Schools: North Hall

Norwich University, Northfield, VT

Norwich University - Webb Hall

College of Liberal Arts: Dewey Hall

Norwich University, Northfield, VT

Norwich University - Dewey Hall