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BNIM is a leader in creating environments that allow people to prosper through health, creativity, productivity, and overall wellbeing. In turn, their schools, businesses, and other organizations also thrive. Through our experience, we have identified challenges and emerging trends that require unique design solutions. The results translate to providing sources of inspiration for artists, creating scholarly networks in higher education libraries, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration among allied health professionals, and providing the tools for experiential learning. This makes our experiences more intimate, our learning more efficient, and our growth more effective.

Arts education and engagement are key to the development of a culturally rich and diverse society. Many have explored and proven the significant role that the arts play in human development, yet funding for the arts is typically the first to be cut from budgets. Many arts projects are subject to lengthy fundraising efforts and dependent upon private donations. It is often a small contingency of dedicated patrons who perpetuate the arts’ vitality.

Two seemingly opposing trends about the use of college libraries have recently emerged. First, gate counts have never been higher; more students are using the library than ever before. Second, the use of books and printed material - what many have assumed is the original purpose of the library — has never been lower. Contemporary research libraries are positioning themselves as a network hub of scholarly knowledge, and the role of the librarian continues to evolve.

The emergence of precision medicine over recent years is dramatically changing the way professionals approach health and healthcare. The concept of individual healthcare, customized to the unique needs of each patient, has garnered support and momentum from notable physicians and public figures, as well as the National Institute of Health. With these changes comes the need to rethink the way we approach health science education.

The technological advances now available has rapidly changed the manner in which education is delivered. Interestingly, it is often community colleges— unfairly perceived by many as the stepchildren of higher education—that are very much at the forefront of innovative, experiential learning, and in many ways are well-equipped to position students for the transition already underway in today’s dynamic global economy.

Guest Post: A Different Type of Building


We often say, “BNIM is Building Positive.” This phrase describes how we leverage our collective knowledge and design-thinking to solve global issues and build the positive attributes of community. Typically, we use this phrase to describe challenges within the built environment. However, Building Positive also requires that we examine our own office culture — and the culture in which we all work — to see how...