Design elements reflect the fields of study within each of OSU’s 12 colleges, enhancing sense of place and belonging for all building users.
OSU Design Team Engagement
Building Section with Palette Application
Graphic Location Plan Diagram
The Learning Innovation Center is designed to promote a community of success—drawing energy and inspiration from students, educators, and the institution to positively impact the world. Informed by OSU’s Signature Areas of Distinction—innovation and creativity, health and wellness, and sustainability and resilience—Knot’s experiential graphics for the new building were developed using core organizing principals focused on creating a community of success.
From the outset, the Learning Innovation Center was destined to be a groundbreaking design. Home for OSU’s Honors College, the Learning Innovation Center also serves every college within the University. The building’s design emerged from a desire to establish a new paradigm on university campuses, configured after in-depth discussions with educators on how to re-imagine the learning experience.
With 2,300 classroom seats in 14 unique settings and 640 seats of informal learning space, the Learning Innovation Center is a hub for multi-disciplinary interaction. Whether students are learning through each other in break-out areas or learning from educators in 600- and 300-seat arena classrooms, the Learning Innovation Center seeks to create engaging interactions. Configured to host the latest technology, the classrooms allow teaching in-the-round, and the Parliament classroom draws from its British counterpart as a forum designed to encourage debate and conversation.
Working with building designer Bora Architects, Knot’s experiential design team used the organizing principals of transformation and evolution, community of success, and OSU’s impact on the world as the foundation for the development of placemaking graphics. The University’s 12 colleges served as inspiration to visually convey the themes behind these organizing principals. Knot deploys these experiential elements throughout the building, at classroom entries and other prominent locations.
The experiential graphics connect OSU students to the outside world, propelling students to think beyond themselves to become members of a global community. The classroom designs reflect the need for content to be shared – and students to learn – in various formats.
OSU students who spend time in the Learning Innovation Center find inspiration from the building itself, as well as Knot-designed visual communications that convey an inspired world view.