Higher Education

We believe in the power of higher education and its essential role in shaping our future. By equipping students, faculty, administrators, and researchers with transformative environments, we help to accelerate their solutions to society’s greatest challenges.

Helping create a culture of learning, research, and student success

From the bustle of move-in day to the chatter of classroom activity and the thrill of scientific discovery, college is a defining experience and place. Within one campus, a unique community of learning, exploration, and growth exists, each with its own challenges and opportunities. We’re passionate about designing places that help students and researchers on all college and university campuses reach their potential.

We understand how a college campus affects change—from a student’s educational growth and social skill development to a researcher’s investigations and ground-breaking innovations. To support all within this hive of activity, we leverage our programming, planning, and design experience on over 150 campuses across the country to turn our clients’ visions into reality.

From master planning and space analysis to architecture and interior design, we help weave new buildings and renovations into the fabric of a campus’s history and context. We partner with higher education clients on a broad range of facility types, including student housing, student centers, research facilities, laboratories, classroom buildings, and more.

Higher Education architecture services

Planning and research services

  • Programming
  • Master planning
  • Academic and instructional facility planning
  • Animal facility planning
  • Laboratory planning
  • Space analysis and facility condition assessments
  • Furnishing and equipment planning and procurement
  • Feasibility studies
  • Pre- and post-occupancy surveys and evaluations

Building and space types

  • Residence halls
  • Student centers
  • Classroom and academic facilities
  • Clinical facilities
  • Research facilities
  • Living-learning centers
  • Dining halls
  • Student apartments
  • Wellness centers
  • Innovation laboratories
  • Instructional laboratories
  • Makerspaces and project spaces
  • Small animal vivariums
  • Large animal facilities
  • Augmented reality
  • Simulation laboratories
  • Advanced manufacturing

Lend us your dreams, and we'll create extraordinary places together

Supporting a vision for the future means listening to our clients—the higher education experts—by bringing them into the process. To accomplish this, we facilitate thorough planning and design sessions where we listen to all ideas brought to the table. We bring ourselves into the client’s world, adopting everything from their wildest dreams to their most foundational realities. Our role is to promote dialogue between people to gain an understanding of diverse needs and generate excitement around a shared vision.

The information we gather informs our understanding of student and staffing needs, research initiatives, communities, industry trends, costs, schedules, and our client’s vision for student success. We also extend our portfolio of experience and years of knowledge working on higher education projects to inform best practices. When we align this data with consensus-driven design, higher education spaces can achieve more—for all who study, work, and live on campus.

Making a difference doesn’t come with any grand pats on the back. If I could drive by a building and turn to my grandkids and say, ‘You know what they do in that building? They find cures for cancer.’ That would be a career well-served.

Tim Reynolds, Higher Education Principal at Treanor

Featured projects

Zachry Engineering Education Complex

College Station, TX

Piney Woods Hall

Huntsville, TX

Instructional Laboratory & Innovative Learning Building

College Station, TX

Kahlert Village South Campus Housing, Commons & Dining

Salt Lake City, UT

Treanor specialty higher education

Research and Discovery Centre

Toronto, ON

Meet our people

Jeff Davis


Lauren Davis

Associate Principal

Andy Fan

Associate Principal

Nada Hamida

Architectural Designer

Saskia Kimball

Architectural Designer

Tanyaradzwa Magadzire

Architectural Designer

Krishna Mainali

Interior Designer

Brittany Nelsen

Project Administrator

Christy Prescott

Associate Principal

James Reittinger

Associate Principal

Joseph Stramberg

Principal, Specialty Leader

Mary Wiberg

Architectural Designer