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Higher Education In Transition Print


Welcome to our Summer Newsletter!
In this issue, we focus on our work in Education.  We are proud of our experience in this space, from performing arts centers to film schools, research labs to medical simulation environments, and many others.  Across a wide spectrum of educational facilities, we see greater demand than ever before placed on technology infrastructure.  This is created in part by new learning methods which are driven by technology.  It is also caused by the ever-increasing capabilities of consumer electronics, which in turn leads to greater expectations from students, faculty, and staff.  Our challenge is to design a technology infrastructure whichprotects the institution from obsolescence over the life of its facility.  Volatile changes in mass-produced electronics such as displays and cameras cannot be allowed to invalidate the decisions of architectural space-planning.  For example, the massive increase in mobile device usage and resulting demand for wireless networking has great influence over telecom room sizing, data center outfitting, and cable pathways.  It is fascinating to consider that the devices in our pockets can have such influence over the brick-and-mortar design of a facility. Read More
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Higher Education
Practice Area Leader
Higher Education in Transition: Results from SM&W’s Survey of Higher Education Technology Leaders
The world of higher education is in a period of enormous change. Not only are teaching and learning practices rapidly evolving, but higher education’s primary economic model is being called into question. Technology is central to these changes and the demands on information and instructional technology are increasing exponentially; the job of the campus CIO has never been more demanding.

SM&W wanted to get an in-depth understanding of these developments’ impacts on technology operations in higher education. To this end, two SM&W Board Members, Deirdre Woods, former CIO of the Wharton School; and Jon Burris, a retired SM&W Partner, were charged with conducting interviews with individuals in senior positions in IT and/or classroom technology at major universities. Our criterion: the individual must be responsible for strategic planning and day-to-day operations of IT and/or instructional technology. We spoke mostly to CIOs and those one level down in the hierarchy. Some were current and former SM&W clients; others had never worked with our firm.Read More
Jon Burris
Retired Partner at SM&W

SM&W Board Member

Deirdre Woods
Principal at Deirdre Woods Technology Advisors

Former CIO of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

SM&W Board Member

Current Highlights: Higher Education Projects
Image courtesy of Mitchell | Giurgola Architects
New York University 
Center For Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) 
New York, New York
SM&W is designing  the infrastructure to support the technology that is currently in development by NYU CUSP.
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Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University
Beijing, China
The AV technology capabilities are driving the development of the curriculum, and will be a key element for the new business school program.
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University of Kentucky
The Gatton College of Business & Economics
Lexington, Kentucky
The expansion and renovation plans call for high-tech enhancements to classrooms and labs for both undergraduate and graduate students. Read More
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University of Chicago
Saieh Hall for Economics
Chicago, Illinois
SM&W is designing the  technology to convert historic chapels, a Library, dining hall and dormitory into modern classrooms, lecture halls, conference rooms, and collaborative study and workspace. Read More
SM&W's AIA CES Program
SM&W is a registered provider of American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA CES) Learning Units. We are pleased to offer educational courses that will provide architects with the tools to meet rapidly advancing technology while simultaneously helping AIA member architects fulfill their continuing education requirement for membership renewal. 

SM&W is offering new courses in K-12 & Higher Ed including:
  • SMW001: Flexible Learning Technology: Designing the Spaces that it Supports
  • SMW002: Emerging technology trends for cultural and educational institutions
  • SMW005: Classroom Acoustics & LEED for Schools Version 4
  • SMW008:  Improving Acoustics in Learning Environments: K-12 Emerging Design Standards
View our complete course listings at
All sessions provide 1 Learning Unit unless otherwise specified.
Engaging Students with Successful Interactive Technologies
Written by Bill Nattress

Dynamic collaboration techniques and technologies are advancing in use within the education environments of today. The technologies supporting these environments are evolving very quickly as the refinement of the curricula needing these solutions have begun to take shape.  Many institutions fear their faculty and environments may not be prepared for the needs of these concepts or the desires of the students within those environments. The key to this success revolves around the consumer centric approach that the student and faculty are customers of the technology and the user experience is the most important factor.   Read More
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