21st Century Project Comes Full Circle

An interdisciplinary initiative that began back in 2006 has reached a noteworthy milestone. ACUHO-I (Association of College and University Housing Officers International) recently celebrated the completion of three prototype residence halls selected to embody the tenets of the 21st Century Project. These included Indiana University’s Rose Avenue Residence Hall (designed by Mackey Mitchell Architects with MSKTD Architects), Baylor University, and Colorado College. The open-house symposia at the three host campuses attracted over 100 attendees who were treated to campus hospitality, informative presentations, tours of the facilities, and lively conversations with students and administrators.

Mackey Mitchell representatives Gene Mackey, Dan Schneider, Jordan Gatewood, John Burse, Steve Emer, and Dan Mitchell attended all three symposia to engage in lessons-learned, follow-up discussions. As 21st Century collaborators, we’ve enjoyed participating in this forum which has been a truly valuable, in-depth knowledge exchange. We will apply this experience to continue to develop innovative concepts for creating transformational residence life experiences.

As Talking Stick author James A. Baumann noted in a recent feature story, “In many ways the future may be now, but the horizon constantly shifts…In that regard, the real lesson of the 21st Century Project is that the forward-thinking campus will keep an eye on the horizon..and use their accumulated knowledge and expertise to continually explore innovative solutions to whatever the future may hold.”

We look forward to sharing what we’ve learned at the upcoming ACUHO-I conference in Washington D.C., June 28th through July 1st. Stop by our booth (#1303) and join in the conversation about what’s on the horizon for student housing in the 21st Century.  #reslifewhatsnext