KWK Architects principal Paul Wuennenberg, AIA, LEED AP, along with Diane Brittingham, Director of Residential Life and Associate Director at the University of Oklahoma (OU), have been invited to speak about the university’s recently completed residential colleges during the 2018 Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers (SWACUHO) Conference, Feb. 18-20 in San Marcos, TX.
KWK Architects, with architect-of-record ADG, designed the first residential colleges at the University of Oklahoma. The $75 million Headington and Dunham Residential Colleges opened this semester with 600 upperclassmen (300 students in each building). A dedication ceremony was held on Oct. 11, 2017.
Wuennenberg and Brittingham’s program will take an in-depth look at the university’s new residential colleges which are modeled after the residential colleges at Ivy League universities. Program participants will learn how the residential college model has evolved and how the design process for creating these facilities differs from a traditional residence hall. The pair will also evaluate the impact that this model is having on the residential life program at OU.
The residential college model combines three aspects of student life: the living space, learning space and fellowship development, and typically features a faculty master apartment and office, a variety of student rooms, private parking, seminar/conference rooms, lounges, study areas, libraries and dining rooms. Each college also typically embodies a house motto, colors, crest and athletic teams.
For more information about the 2018 SWACUHO Conference, visit www.swacuho.org.
Founded in 2013 by five architects with a combined 120 years of higher education knowledge and experience, KWK Architects partners with colleges and universities across the United States to create innovative and inspiring places that enhance campus life.