University of Missouri, Townsend Hall

Columbia, Missouri

  • FIRM

    Gould Evans


    University of Missouri

  • AREA

    20,000 sq.ft.





The University of Missouri’s Townsend Hall, built in 1936 and modified in the 1970s, required a dramatic renovation to support the nationally renowned programs offered by the College of Education. The building is now an integral part of the college’s focus on team-teaching and technology-rich, flexible learning environments.

Common areas are critical to ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$84.00FEATURED IN2001 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas mission. At the facility’s heart is “The Reflector,” a 10,000-square-foot resource center for students and faculty. This space includes print and electronic resources, an information cafe, flexible group meeting spaces and instructional labs. It is adjacent to the primary learning spaces, called team labs.

Dean Richard Andrews wanted the project to “scream learning,” and it does. Every design decision was made with flexibility, resource availability, and team-teaching and learning in mind. Comfortable, movable furniture, for instance, allows for a high degree of versatility. Even the naturally lighted hallways’ informal seating areas provide space for spontaneous or planned gathering. The result is that Townsend Hall, rather than providing traditional teaching spaces, provides a very special learning environment.