Academia + Research Expertise

Collaborating on a wide variety of campus projects

We consider it our mission to empower educators with tools and spaces that inspire and propel students toward success in what lies ahead. Environments that optimize teaching and learning experiences while maximizing your funding, budgets, and outcomes. We ground each design in the idea that our flexible solutions create value for the university. This commitment to future compatible spaces in higher education design influences everything from structural decisions to aesthetic choices to how we source mechanical and electrical components.

Collaborating On A Wide Variety Of Campus Projects
  • Residence Hall Renovation + Design

    Since 2011, arcDESIGN has renovated over 2,900 residence hall rooms at Indiana University and collaborated on the design of two new residence halls. We design and renovate residence halls that have the potential to promote social, academic, and physical wellness. Creating inviting and memorable gathering spaces is key to encouraging students to interact, join activities, and make strong social connections. 

  • Laboratory Design

    The rapidly changing pace of technology and research makes laboratories complicated investments. We recognize the future lies with flexible, hybrid spaces that can easily accommodate a wide range of work. To equip lab designs to meet shifting needs and requirements, we combine modular components, state-of-the-art materials, specialized engineering, and advanced space planning.

  • Classroom and Lecture Spaces

    Flexible classrooms, purposeful collaboration spaces, and smart use of on-line learning technology, are the foundation of today’s learning spaces that can deliver added value to universities.

  • Campus/Building Assessments

    To ensure future viability, stakeholders need insights into a building’s health. Our comprehensive assessments provide reliable recommendations based on material analysis, system age, and quality. Our studies include site, architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, fire protection, telecommunications, life safety, and security — empowering informed decisions through a detailed understanding of your building’s current state and potential lifespan.


  • Historical Renovation

    aD is passionate about preserving historic spaces. We believe that these spaces should be enjoyed by future generations, and we’re committed to doing everything we can to make that happen. With deep knowledge and expertise in historic renovation and materials as well as modern design, we create seamless solutions that bridge the gap between preservation and long-term sustainability. We live out this commitment in our own 1890’s office space in downtown Indianapolis.


  • Greenhouse Design and Renovation

    A key to successful production is a well designed greenhouse with good space utilization and accurate environment controls. We help universities create a place for plants to flourish and a comfortable learning environment for students.

  • Building Science

    Our seasoned team boasts extensive experience in designing higher ed re-roof, masonry cleaning/tuckpointing, window replacement, and infrastructure updates, that enhance the functionality, aesthetics, and long-term value of your investment in institution improvements. 


  • 2900+ Residence Hall Rooms Renovated
  • 75+ Lab Projects Completed at IU Indy, Indiana University and Purdue University
  • 23 Years Partnering with Indiana University
  • 18 Years Partnering with Indiana State University

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