A Collaborative Learning Environment Dedicated to Community Outreach

Adler University, School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL

The new urban campus for Adler University in Chicago creates an engaging environment that reflects Adler’s culture of interaction and community service, while also offering its students ample space for quiet study and reflection. Formed by the complete renovation of the two top floors of a commercial structure in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, the composition of spaces reinforces the school’s mission to shape a single, unified community of learning.

Glass walled classrooms at each level celebrate the learning process, and the sense of transparency promotes human connections while delivering daylight and skyline views deep into the large floorplates.


The design process included a 75-person visioning session, dozens of individual interviews with representatives of the school’s eight departments and constituency groups, as well as meetings with Adler’s executive team. In addition to developing the quantitative and qualitative program, the design team created an “idealized” planning diagram imbued with the future facility’s spirit, which was used to help analyze and evaluate options for relocation and design implementation. The project is LEED Gold certified.


The space reflects our fundamental belief that great practice results from progressive, inclusive and rule-breaking dialogue and collaboration.

Dr. Raymond Crossman
President, Adler University

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