Oak Brook, IL
The spirit of the campus is a public gesture, intended to enrich the fabric of the community and raise the standard for excellence in urban design.
Sited at the edge of a large urban park, the new campus occupies an important nexus in Oklahoma City — a rapidly growing district that is pushing the limits of the central business district with bold architecture and welcoming public spaces.
Responding to its urban context, the comprehensive master plan emphasizes poise and restraint in a careful balance of formal elements that nod to the city grid. A symmetrical arrangement, bisected by a central promenade, gives a rhythm to entry and progression. The promenade, covered with a glass canopy that mitigates temperature throughout the year, serves a venue for arts and community programming. Generous landscaping and wide pedestrian paths preserve the feeling of openness, while the overall development contributes to greater density and vibrancy in the area.