John Whitlock & Bruce Maxey on Effective Community College Design | Episode 21

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Welcome back to the Agati Video Podcast, a space where Joe Agati, COO & Director of Design here at Agati Furniture, hosts conversations with designers, architects, and difference-makers to bring inspiration and education to your work.

For today’s episode of the podcast, Joe had the opportunity to talk with John Whitlock and Bruce Maxey, who are both Principals and Higher Education Design Experts at BLDD Architects, a leading architecture firm passionate about the power of design to change the world. Specifically, BLDD does a majority of their work in higher education, senior living, K-12, and religious spaces.

In this conversation, we’re primarily exploring the topic of community college design. John and Bruce shared trends they’re seeing across higher education, the unique challenges of designing community college spaces, behind-the-scenes of effective projects they’ve recently completed, what flexibility looks like in spaces today, and much more.

This was a great episode! Check it out:




Key Quotes:

  • “Community colleges have to be all things to all people.”
  • “Flexibility is recognizing that you can’t build most spaces that are just dedicated to one thing all the time.”
  • “Community colleges often have the least amount of funding and the widest variety of students to support.”
  • “We have to build trust so we can help them solve their problem instead of just receiving their solution.”
  • “The building is no longer just an environment where things happen. It is a tool.”

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