Washington University, School of Engineering Professional Education Technology and Leadership Center

St. Louis, Missouri

  • FIRM

    Directions In Design, Inc.


    School of Engineering and Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis

  • AREA

    7,400 sq.ft.





The task was to relocate the center from an off-campus multi-level facility to the main campus on one floor.

The focus was to provide a professional-looking multipurpose space for IT executive interactions and for high-quality IT training and professional development opportunities.

Programming was for laboratory spaces, lecture spaces, a kitchenette, a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMM 2 Architecture Studio, United Construction Ent. Co. of St. LouisCOST PER SQ FT$119.57FEATURED IN2015 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation room and data closet, collaboration areas, limited office and reception, elevator lobby and arrival space, and a self-service snack and beverage space.

By designing a center classroom with a retractable glass wall, the architect created a number of classrooms and provided the option of having a large open area for department gatherings and receptions.

The east wall features new windows with a view to the Arch in downtown St. Louis. A previously inaccessible rooftop area was incorporated for outdoor access via an internal ramp.

Lighting elements were used as art in the elevator lobby and main collaboration areas to create a professional, cutting-edge feel as well as a sophisticated gray-white scheme with strong red accents for a timeless theme.