Friday, October 25, 11:30 am - 4:00 pm

Higher Ed Tour

Credit: AIA LU/HSW, IDCEC = 3

Fee: $150 per person (Note: K-12 and Higher Ed Tours are included in the Architect/Designer registration.)

All Friday tours include a box lunch.

Designing and planning college and university buildings? Learn from leading architects how each of these projects fit into the master planning of award-winning programs.


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: School of Freshwater Sciences

Architect: Continuum

The three-story, 92,000-square-foot addition for the School of Freshwater Sciences continues UWM's 40-year history of innovative water research and is the nation's first school dedicated to the study of freshwater science. The overall design goal was to create space that encourages collaboration, inspires ideas, celebrates the environment, promotes freshwater research, and attracts global interest. The addition's linear form compliments the narrow site and seamlessly connects to the existing building to promote integration and collaboration between disciplines. The exterior's southern exposure reflects the movement, flow, and reflectivity of water and incorporates carefully placed sunshades to make the best use of natural light for the interior. The primary functions in the building are interdisciplinary research labs, faculty and student offices, multi-purpose collaboration areas, and instructional spaces.


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex (KIRC)

Architect: Flad Architects

With a goal of advancing the university's STEM education, research, collaboration, and outreach, UWM's KIRC project establishes the first facility of a new, multiple-phase initiative to build an interdisciplinary science quad. This 143,500-square-foot, five-story structure houses active learning classrooms, labs that accommodate specialized research in numerous disciplines ranging from physics to biology to chemistry, and collaboration-friendly spaces throughout - all with an emphasis on a flexible design that can adapt as future instruction and research needs change. Opportunities to incorporate student life into and around the facility tied directly to the issue of pedestrian circulation. Engaging spaces for collaborative study, social gathering, and exposure to cutting-edge science persist throughout the building and site. As the first new academic building on campus in nearly a decade, the KIRC establishes a modern, signature, LEED Gold design in a gateway location - a vibrant hub that benefits the entire university community.


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Lubar Entrepreneurship Center

Architect: Continuum

The Lubar Entrepreneurship Center open plan advances the principle that stimulating space represents the energy and activity of the Campus community, providing an engaging atmosphere while motivating and inspiring excellence and innovation. The building exudes a timeless quality, featuring highly functional and state-of-the art spaces while offering flexibility to adapt to changing uses through the seasons and over time. With its highly visible location on Campus, the facility acts as both gateway and beacon; welcoming visitors, promoting the rising profile of UWM and enhancing its outreach possibilities.


Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) - Diercks Hall

Architect: UIHLEIN/WILSON - RAMLOW/STEIN

The Dwight and Dian Diercks Computational Science Hall is a new academic facility being constructed in the center of the Milwaukee School of Engineering campus. This 64,000 square foot cornerstone building will house MSOE's Software Engineering and new Computer Science Majors. The transformative facility and the classes taught within will set MSOE at the forefront of artificial intelligence (AI), cyber security, deep learning, robotics and other next generation technologies. The building will be equipped with innovative laboratories, technology rich classrooms and a central auditorium. The keystone feature of this new Science Hall will be its state-of-the-art data center with a NVIDIA GPU- powered AI super-computer. The building is slated to open for the fall 2019 semester.