University of San Diego
San Diego, California
Gensler worked with the University of San Diego (USD) to program and design its new Learning Commons facility to address classroom capacity issues on campus as well as provide active and flexible spaces for interaction, study, and learning. The heart of the academic building is designed as one large, flexible space that can accommodate various activities such as casual studying, guest speakers, competitions, work sessions, and classes. Designed to take advantage of San Diego’s temperate climate, every space in the campus’ Learning Commons building opens directly to the outdoors. An inviting courtyard and promenade adjacent to the building activate the outdoors and extend the learning environment to the adjacent Copley Library and Camino Founders Hall.