University of Washington Learning Space Assessment

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University of Washington

Learning Space Assessment


The University of Washington (UW) is a public research university in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1861, UW encompasses over 500 building with over 20 million square feete of space and has more than 45,000 studens.

A UW faculty and staff task force was charged by the University Provost to guide a concise and comprehensive review of classroom needs in light of changing instructional methodologies.

Vantage, ZGF Architects and Rickes Associates were brought in to conduct the study and make recommendations for defining opportunities for improved delivery of learning space options focused on supporting faculty and diverse pedagogical initiatives, and enhancing student experience with integrated and appropriate technologies.

The study evaluated utilization rates, scheduling practices, technology deployment and policies and the physical condition of classroom spaces. The study analysis was structured four multi-day on-campus workshops supplimented with tours, facility and student surveys, follow-up conference calls and data exchanges.

Read the entire UW Learning Space Assessment final report on the UW Office of Planning .


  • Defined the establishment of a Classroom Governance Committee to enhance coordiation between learning environment stakeholders and to develop and oversee strategic policies
  • Identified the need to create departmental requirements and incentives to schedule courses during off-peak times
  • Created a vision for “right-size” classrooms by adding or removing seats in existing classrooms
  • Recommended allocation of regular funding for strategic technology and room renovations


  • Strategic Planning
  • Facilitated Workshops and Visioning Sessions
  • Technology Program Development
  • Standards Development
  • Financial Modeling and Assessment
  • System Assessment & Planning
  • Benchmarking and Peer Review


  • IT Systems Selection and Management
  • Audiovisual Presentation
  • Videoconference & Distance Learning
  • Interactive Classroom Technologies
  • Lecture Capture
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Broadcast System Automation
  • Client: University of Washington
  • Location: Seattle, WA
  • Project Type: Education
  • Services: Classroom Technology Assessment and Master Plan
  • Architect: ZGF Architects
  • Consultant: Rickes Associates