Living Earth Design
Design for Life, Design for Lifestyle

Project 7

Naropa University Nalanda Campus - Boulder, CO


Design for Learning...

The approach taken with this project was to design a series of connected spaces that will reflect the philosophy of Naropa University and serve as tools for furthering the notion of contemplative education that makes Naropa unique among collegiate learning environments in the West. The design elements were conceived and arranged to support the 'three areas of inquiry' - study, reflection, and meditation. Additionally, the site includes the addition of spaces that expand the potential for traditional academic and experiential learning. Ecological and environmental awareness and responsibility was also seen as a core component to designing a site that echos the philosophy and beliefs of Naropa and its students. Beyond the philosophical inspirations, the design also serves to be efficient and useful in terms of the practical challenges faced by the site and its users including parking, storm water management, circulation, and accessibility.