Treanor Student Life Blog/News

Revitalizing Underutilized Study Spaces

2016-12-07 Posted By: Olivia Marshall

"A well-designed study space will always deliver a true return on investment."

How can Universities be assured that the spaces they create for students on campus will be used properly (or used at all)? James Baumann, of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I), recently wrote an article, showcasing universities that have had success transforming underutilized study spaces into dynamic, functional study lounges -- several, of which we had the pleasure of working with.

Our research at Sam Houston State University found that students prefer adaptable spaces that can be used for both leisure and study. After discovering that study spaces on campus were underutilized, specifically in residence halls, these universities decided to transform them. Students have enjoyed their playful, attractive, fun-to-use collaboration spots, and universities have seen more interaction and community being built on campus because of them.

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Changing Dynamics of the Residence Hall Bathroom

2016-10-20 Posted By: Emily Bengoa

Looking for a sign of changing times on campus?
Look no further than the residence hall bathroom.

Spurred by student activism, institutional initiatives and legal challenges to provide safe and equitable facilities for transgender and non-gender-identified students, more than 200 U.S. colleges and universities now offer some form of gender-neutral, or all-gender, bathrooms and/or housing on campus.

The bathroom represents a natural evolution in designing and operating student life buildings that reflect institutional values of inclusion and community. Student residences and other buildings must address the very real need for privacy, safety and security that impact a student’s psychological and physical well-being—regardless of who those students are or where they come from. At its most basic level, that means ensuring a safe space to attend to the routines of daily life.

“It will be hard for campuses to not have a clear strategy, even if it takes them time to implement it,” says Anita Moran, FAIA, Principal at TreanorHL. Especially now that a Dear Colleague advisory letter issued by the Obama Administration begins to position the issue with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination by sex.

“Students have the right to use the bathroom they identify with. That is part of creating a safe, secure, comfortable space on campus where they can belong,” says James Reittinger, Associate Principal and Director of Design at TreanorHL. “Thoughtful building design plays a significant role in providing the privacy, safety, accessibility, and social interaction that helps students succeed and develop socially, personally and academically.”

How can campuses address the issue? By balancing design, programming, policy and campus culture:

Gender Neutral Bathroom - University of Missouri | Gateway HallGender Neutral Bathroom - University of Missouri | Gateway Hall
Gender Neutral Bathroom - University of Missouri | Gateway HallGender Neutral Bathroom - University of Missouri | Gateway Hall
Gender Neutral Bathroom - University of Missouri | Gateway HallGender Neutral Bathroom - University of Missouri | Gateway Hall

We are TreanorHL

2016-08-08 Posted By: Patty Weaver

Effective August 8, 2016, we are excited to announce our company name: TreanorHL.

“We considered several options during the renaming process—options ranging from a brand new name to keeping one of our current names—in the end we wanted to respect the nature of who we are,” said Dan Rowe, TreanorHL president and chief executive officer. “Our new name respects the long histories of both Treanor Architects and H+L Architecture while reflecting the aspirations of the new firm.”

The merger was announced in January 2016. Since then, leadership has united the firm by incorporating best practices and shaping focused studios based on the areas of expertise.

“A merger is announced in a singular moment, but the act of merging is an ongoing effort,” said Scott Kuehn, TreanorHL chief operating officer. “We have diligently combined our firms, working to maintain the best practices in project management and design. Because of our shared values and client-centered practice the process has gone well and our studios are a natural evolution of our practice.”

TreanorHL will continue to focus on areas of expertise and thought leadership, allowing us to provide the best solutions for each of our client’s specific needs. We have specialized Studios in design for advanced industries, education, healthcare, housing/mixed-use, justice, preservation, science and technology, and student life.

“While our name has evolved, our commitment to our clients, our communities, and our employees remains the same,” said Kuehn. “This strategic growth allows us to focus on our passion, such as healthcare, education, and advanced industries, while offering new services to the Denver and Colorado Springs communities.”


Two Treanor employees win at ACUHO-I in Seattle

2016-07-14 Posted By: Olivia Marshall

Treanor was well-represented at the ACUHO-I Annual Conference and Exposition earlier this week. Nadia Zhiri and Sharmin Kader joined Texas A&M University to present findings of the post-occupancy evaluation of Hullabaloo Hall Living Learning Center, and a second time, with Hamad bin Khalifa University, where they discussed designing for cultural diversity.

During the conference, Nadia was presented with the 2016 Earl S. Thompson award, for those who have made a significant contribution to the campus housing profession.

Nadia was not the only one in the spotlight at ACUHO-I. Brady Jobe was also named THE winner - of a RockSmart contemporary rocking chair, for having the most likes on Instagram.


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Two Treanor-led educational sessions at ACUHO-I 2016

2016-06-27 Posted By: Olivia Marshall

Treanor is teaming up with Texas A&M University and Hamad bin Khalifa University for two educational sessions at the the 2016 ACUHO-I Annual Conference & Exposition.

A session called, "New Evidence Informs Future Living-Learning Center Design" will explore a program to assess planning and design for Texas A&M's, Hullabaloo hall, and will be presented by Nadia Zhiri and Sharmin Kader of the Treanor Student Life Studio and Chareny Ridyl, Director of Texas A&M Residence Life.

In an interactive session titled, "Accommodating Global Diversity in 21st Century Student Housing," Nadia Zhiri and Jamil Karam and Rakesh Gupta from Hamad bin Khalifa University will share lessons learned through the experience of building a Platinum LEED-certified housing complex.

Tim Reynolds to present session at SCUP Annual International Conference

2016-06-24 Posted By: Olivia Marshall

Tim Reynolds, PE, Treanor Science & Technology Studio Leader, will be presenting at this year's Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) International Conference, July 9-13, 2016 in Vancouver, BC Canada.

About the Session:

Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 2:30 PM–3:30 PM | Vancouver Convention Centre, 202-204

Challenging Planning and Design Traditions to Improve Academic Outcomes for Engineering Programs

Anita Picozzi Moran shares her take on educational design among top Dallas architects

2016-06-15 Posted By: Olivia Marshall

The Dallas Center for Architecture is holding a panel discussion, inviting local architects to speak on the exhibit "A Place for Learning: Designing Educational Spaces."

This Thursday, Anita Picozzi Moran will join architects from Dallas' finest firms to discuss the best spaces for learning and how they are being designed for the future. They will examine projects designed specifically for peer learning, transparency as a safety measure, collaboration and the community captured by school design.

The panel discussion will be preceded by a reception at 6:00 p.m. with the discussoin beginning at 6:30 p.m. AIA members can earn 1.0 HSW/SD credit for attendance. Find out more, here.

Get. Out.

2016-02-16 Posted By: Emily Bengoa

Social-study spaces that bring students out of their rooms

In theory, residence hall lounges and common areas provide easy, accessible spaces to meet friends, hang out and study in a semi-social environment. They can be an important element in building community and fostering students’ psychosocial development, especially in a first-year residence.

Yet in reality, students too often remain in their rooms, leaving these spaces underused or even empty. How do you entice students to use the spaces that are meant for their own success?

Treanor Architects, along with the University of Kansas and support from Steelcase Furniture, conducted a controlled research study at Sam Houston State University to find the answer. Here’s what they found:

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Living Room Concept - Sam Houston State University Underutilized Social Space StudyLiving Room Concept - Sam Houston State University Underutilized Social Space Study

Meet Our New Associate Principals

2015-10-08 Posted By: Patty Weaver

With specialized expertise and their eyes on the future, these people stand out in their ability to design spaces that inspire and connect people. Join us in congratulating Treanor’s new associate principals.

Chris Cunningham, AIA   Robert Koening, AIA, CHC
Chris Cunningham, AIA
Housing & Mixed-Use
Parking his blue GTI in front of our office early each morning is just the beginning of Chris’ dedication to his craft. Chris has the drive to deliver projects the way Treanor projects should be.

Robert Koenig, AIA, CHC
Curious to his core, Robert researches like a scholar and genuinely enjoys getting to know people. No matter where he is or the topic of conversation, Robert makes meaningful connections and brings people together to make the world more neighborly.
Lisa Lamb, IIDA, NCIDQ   Jeff Lane, AIA
Lisa Lamb, IIDA, NCIDQ
Interior Design
Integrity, thoughtfulness and razor-sharp design skills aren’t all that make Lisa capable of extraordinary feats. She makes problems vanish with her magic wand, solving them quickly, quietly and thoughtfully.

Jeff Lane, AIA
They say to dress for the job you want; Jeff acts that way. He strikes a perfect balance between confident independence and accountability to his team and peers. Relatable, honest, trustworthy—Jeff leads through his actions and celebrates the achievements of others.
Julia Manglitz, AIA LEED AP   Jerome Ratzlaff, AIA
Julia Manglitz, AIA LEED AP
Our resident rocket scientist (with a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering and a master’s in architecture) has been published internationally. From climbing 100-foot scaffolding to public speaking, Julia does all her own architecture stunts.

Jerome Ratzlaff, AIA
Science & Technology
In a world where architects have to fill a lot of tall orders, 6’6”Jerome is highly qualified in more than one way. Organized, focused, respected—Jerome quietly leads by example.
James Reittinger   Todd Renyer, AIA
James Reittinger
Student Life
As inspired as his sock collection, James exudes passion. As a teacher, innovator, and the director of design for our Student Life studio, James elevates those around him with a spirit of what could be.

Todd Renyer, AIA
An outdoorsman at heart, Todd enjoys cultivating his patch of land and the challenge of restoring the environment to its natural state. So it’s no surprise that he digs the challenge of rehabilitating historic buildings. Just like the historic buildings he advocates for, Todd is full of character that makes the community better.

Immediate Opening for Interior Designer in Dallas

2015-09-10 Posted By: Birgitta Reynolds
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