As a focus for design, higher education covers multiple uses and typologies – from seminar rooms to lecture theatres to operating theatres. Through our understanding of the operational and aesthetic requirements of different end-users, Oktra is well-positioned to advise on design solutions in this area.
The ‘sticky campus’ concept, for example, is rapidly gaining traction as a mechanism for creating a sense of belonging in a student population. By offering diverse amenities, high-quality facilities and surroundings, institutions can attract and retain students and meet their annual quotas. But crucially, this concept is more relevant for undergrads than postgrads. For older postgraduate students, some of whom might have families, institutions need to conceive more nuanced and practical engagement strategies.