Leverage the power of design to inspire great learning and teaching environments
For over 75 years, we've worked with education organizations around the world to develop interior spaces that inspire, evolve and endure. We understand the complexities of planning for inevitable change on campus and the critical need for multipurpose furnishings that can adapt over time.
Space matters – it is a key factor in attracting and retaining both students and faculty. Knoll offers numerous solutions appropriate across campus – whether for high visibility areas like libraries and residence halls, or for hard working areas like laboratories and active learning classrooms. While there is a spectrum of needs within these different spaces – from casual to formal, impromptu to planned, open to enclosed – research confirms the importance of distinct choices for each type of interactivity.
Our commitment to innovation and modern design has yielded a comprehensive portfolio of furnishings to help universities and colleges meet their strategic goals including creating effective learning spaces, growing enrollments, conveying the proper brand image and fostering interdisciplinary collaboration. Simple and sustainable, our products are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified for healthy interior environments, are BIFMA level certified and can contribute to LEED certification.
To create effective and efficient learning environments, you need adaptable, durable furniture that can flex to the task at hand. From lecture halls to active learning classrooms, Knoll furnishings help create dynamic learning environments that enhance the student’s academic experience.
Lecture Hall with Generation by Knoll® Chairs
Group-focused classroom with Sapper Management Chairs
Active learning classroom with Chadwick® Task Chairs
Lecture hall with Generation by Knoll® Task Chairs
Active learning classroom with MultiGeneration by Knoll® Chairs
Training room with reconfigurable Propeller® Training Tables, ReGeneration by Knoll® Chairs and Scribe™ Mobile Markerboard
Learning spaces to encourage interaction and facilitate group work featuring Generation by Knoll® chairs
Flexible classroom with Propeller Training Tables® and EWC Tech™ Side Chairs
Lab space with easily cleanable Chadwick® High Task Chairs and Propeller® Height-Adjustable Tables
Residence hall community space with Bertoia Bird and Diamond Chairs, Maya Lin Stones and Pfister Sofas
Indoor/outdoor dining area with Sprite Side Chairs and Antenna® Tables
Group study environment with Antenna Workspaces®, Generation by Knoll®Chairs and MultiGeneration by Knoll® Side Chairs
Lounge Area with Womb Chairs
Outdoor dining area with Stromborg Tables and Spark Series® Side Chairs
Informal study area with Toboggan™, Power Pole and Scribe™ Mobile Markerboard
Street/corridor space with Barcelona® Chairs
Lounge area with SM2 Sofas, Womb Chairs and Florence Knoll Coffee Tables
Informal student lounge area with Antenna® Tables, Maya Lin stones, Risom Lounge Chairs and Sprite Stacking Chairs
Residence hall room with Antenna® Desks and MultiGeneration by Knoll® Hybrid Base Chairs
A thriving university or college campus requires spaces that can attract and retain students, convey the proper brand image, foster community interaction and cultivate alumni support. Knoll offers a wide variety of furnishings that can not only help create beautiful common spaces but are also durable, adaptable, enduring and sustainable. Our furniture is a flexible platform for ever changing technology – we can support needs today and tomorrow.
Faculty and Administrative Spaces
Universities and colleges demand a variety of enclosed and open plan solutions that support diverse individual work styles and provide multiple opportunities for collaborative work and group activities. Our high-performance products are designed to effectively support various work modes – individual, focused work; shared work centering on the exchange of ideas or team work that depends on the collective wisdom of the group.
Team meeting area with Reff Profiles™ and Life® Chairs
Faculty office with Reff Profiles™, AutoStrada®, Generation by Knoll® and Saarinen Executive Chairs
Faculty office with Reff Profiles™, Tone™ Height-Adjustable Desk and Generation by Knoll® Chair
Shared faculty office with Dividends Horizon®, Template® Storage and Generation by Knoll® Task Chairs
Shared open plan administrative area with Template® Storage and Generation by Knoll® Task Chairs
Administrative meeting space with shared Dividends Horizon® Media Enclave and ReGeneration by Knoll® Chairs
The rapidly expanding public research university in San Marcos, Texas, is the academic home to nearly 40,000 students from around the world. The University continues its commitment toward expanding active learning environments to serve this growing student population.
Located on the Red Sea, in the Saudi Arabian desert, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a new international, graduate-level research university. To design and build an environment, in just 28 months, for an institution that existed only in concept required Herculean efforts from an international team.
In this pre-move assessment at the Wake Forest University School of Business we found many connections between design and: quality of study, socializing, satisfaction with space and even decision to attend the school. We were also able to identify specific design features that impact these outcomes and provide insights on how to improve the spaces.
At the University of Portland, administrators and library staff sought to create a space that would serve the digital natives of Generation Y, not only with state-of-the-art technology, but also an environment that supports the highly collaborative way students work and learn today.
Knoll conducted a study among several American universities to determine the most flexible and efficient means of planning and furnishing the traditional faculty private office with today's needs in mind. The findings are now being used as the basis for new forward-thinking designs to help colleges and universities plan more flexible and efficient office spaces.
This paper takes a closer look at the environmental transformations underway in higher education. A peek into the buildings reveals a very different picture than that of a decade or two ago. What is so different? And more specifically, how does this affect the planning function? | White Paper