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James W. Baird

Design Principal

Holabird & Root

James Baird, FAIA, is a Design Principal at Holabird and Root. He has extensive experience in the planning and design of complex academic projects. Many of his projects have received prestigious awards for design excellence from professional organizations such as the national and local chapters of the American Institute of Architects. He received both his Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Architectural Science from University of Illinois at Urbana.

Mr. Baird is Holabird & Root's science building design specialist as well as an active consultant with Project Kaleidoscope. He has developed a strong reputation for academic design based on his skill in addressing the goals of the institution and the technical requirements of a project, while also recognizing the importance of social interaction on an academic campus.

Selected Projects:

  • Augsburg College New Science Building Programming and Design, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • St. Olaf College New Science Center, Northfield, Minnesota
  • Central College Vermeer Science Center Renovation and Addition, Pella, Iowa
  • Grinnell College Noyce Science Center Phase I Renovation and Addition, Grinnell, Iowa
  • Grinnell College Noyce Science Center Phase II Natural Science and Mathematics/Computer Science, Grinnell, Iowa
  • Grinnell College Conard Environmental Research Area Education Center, Grinnell, Iowa
  • Macalester College Olin & Rice Halls of Science Renovation and Addition, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • The University of Chicago Kersten Physics Teaching Center, Chicago, Illinois
  • University of Evansville Koch Center for Engineering and Science Renovation and Addition, Evansville, Indiana
  • University of St. Thomas Frey Science and Engineering Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Wabash College Science and Mathematics Facilities, Crawfordsville, Indiana
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College New Science Building, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Wittenberg University Science Building Renovation and Expansion, Springfield, Ohio
Breakout IIIB: Campus Aesthetics
Reporting Out
Breakout Session III-B
St. Olaf College, Holabird & Root
Snapshots of 21st Century Learning Spaces
An exploration of existing spaces presented in the context of insights into how people learn.
Creating Spaces that Support Active Hands-on Investigation
James Baird, a principal at Holabird & Root, poses and explores four questions regarding research space and the planning to build these spaces. Through the proper use of appropriate technology, group learning across disciplines can be attained. Looking at common spaces, classrooms and laboratories he shows how the room will vary according to the purpose. The space should serve the user and allow for future flexibility.