A building with windows and cars parked in front of it. A person sitting on a couch. A hallway with a window. People working in an office. A group of people sitting at a table in a room with a large green lamp. A group of people sitting on a couch in a room with large windows. People playing ping pong in a room with a person standing. A large building with many windows.
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Columbia College Chicago, Urban Campus Modernization

Chicago, Illinois

Columbia College’s campus is a unique blend of 23 industrial and mercantile buildings threaded together by surrounding city streets. All of Gensler’s more than 250 projects here have addressed the college’s goals to strengthen its physical connections with Chicago’s downtown and to create a greater sense of identity. Projects have involved strategic renovations of classrooms, workspaces and common areas using basic materials and effective details — such as assigning each building its own bold color to improve identity and wayfinding, recasting building corridors as gallery-like settings displaying student work, and adding playful lighting and furnishings to encourage gathering and interaction.