Iowa State University, Student Innovation Center
Iowa State University, Student Innovation Center
Iowa State University, Student Innovation Center
Iowa State University, Student Innovation Center
Iowa State University, Student Innovation Center
Iowa State University, Student Innovation Center
Iowa State University, Student Innovation Center
Iowa State University, Student Innovation Center

Hands-on Learning Culture Empowers Students to Meet Global Economic Needs

Iowa State University, Student Innovation Center, Ames, IA

The agricultural, engineering, manufacturing and technology sectors of the United States are constantly evolving, with the demand for highly skilled workers and entrepreneurs growing exponentially every day in order to meet the global challenges of the future.

Iowa State University and an integrated team at CannonDesign, in collaboration with Bruce Mau Design, Arup, and members of Stanford University’s d.school, sought to meet these challenges by providing a Student Innovation Center that advances the “hands-on and experiential” learning culture necessary for 21st century success. Envisioned as a highly flexible, technology-rich and dynamic space, the Student Innovation Center will be a launch pad for student innovation and a landmark building that promotes peer learning, student projects, and hands-on experiences.

By empowering students to develop new goals, methodologies, and skills, the Student Innovation Center will accelerate Iowa State’s distinctly self-motivated, student-driven culture of innovation.


It has been a pleasure working with you and the CannonDesign team. Your team’s understanding of both process and design is greatly appreciated and does not go unnoticed.

Dan Sloan, Campus Architect

Together, we create design solutions to the greatest challenges facing our clients and society.