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Zibby Ericson has recently joined the Milwaukee firm of Kahler Slater, adding her talent and experience in the sciences on their Higher Education Team, (Prior to that, she was Principal at Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott, Boston). She has received national attention for her spirited designs, including Higgins Hall at Boston College, which won the Boston Society of Architects Facilities for Higher Education Design Award and the Kent Hale Smith Engineering and Science Building at Case Western Reserve University.

Additional academic institutions where she has integrated science teaching and research facilities include the Engineering School at the University of Maine at Orono, a multidisciplinary science facility for Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia and a free standing psychology and neuroscience facility for the University of California, Riverside campus. Zibby also has assisted leading institutions in creating long-term visions for their campuses and identifying the steps needed to achieve them.

Zibby was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1996 for her architectural achievement and regularly lectures at universities and conferences across the country. She has been a strong advocate for Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) and served as a KECK/PKAL consultant to the educational organization, reviewing the plans and curricula of institutions for their prospective science facilities. She presents regularly at PKAL, Tradeline and SCUP conferences. Her most recent article, “Evidence Endorses Usefulness of Science-building Atriums” was published in R & D Laboratory Design. She is also an Overseer at the Boston Architectural Center, after serving on its Board of Directors for eight years, and co-chairing its Education Policy Committee.

Project Kaleidoscope experience:

  • March 2008: Plenary Session VII: What questions should be on the Table? Elizabeth Ericson, Charles Kirby, Arthur Lidsky, Susan Whitmer.
  • 2004, Summer Institute, Keynote Panelist: The Future of Science
  • 2003 Summer Institute, Speaker, Building Spaces for Science that Make a Difference;
  • 2002 Summer Institute: Speaker, Impact of Technology on Learning Environments
  • 2000 Summer Institute: Speaker: Case Study: Boston College
  • Keck Consultancy at West Virginia Wesleyan University and at Valparaiso University.

About Kahler Slater:

At Kahler Slater, we design experiences.

Unexpected, given our roots go back nearly 100 years as an architectural firm. We believe experiences define organizations. They fuel how people feel about you and whether they find meaning and value in the work you do. They help you stand out in a crowded marketplace and create a bond that compels people to choose you over the competition every time. What makes up an experience? Everything. Your programs and services. The people who deliver them. Your physical environment. Perceptions others have of you. And it all starts with your vision and your culture.

Our interdisciplinary, diverse enterprise of brand strategists, researchers, architects, interior designers, graphic designers and communications specialists make the meaningful connection between every dimension of the experience, because the more integrated the experience, the more powerful. We work across the globe, teaming with visionary clients who share our belief that experiences can transform people, organizations and communities. Our Higher Ed Team focuses on the total student experience, especially the design and planning of learning environments for the sciences and health sciences.


STEM Snapshots
Science facilities today are being transformed in response to changes in educational pedagogy, increasingly driven by student demand for interdisciplinary activity. Young scholars approach higher education from problem-solving and new conceptual perspectives, creating demand for multiple majors and minors, joint-degree programs and new interdisciplinary fields of study. As architects we are finding ways to increase flexibility to meet these curricular challenges as well as to advocate for building solutions that can be learning laboratories for sustainable practices across all disciplines. Using planning principles developed through Project Kaleidoscope, architects, faculty and administration work together to create spaces and curriculum that will engage the student in science through hands on, lab rich, experiential learning.
Plenary Session VII
What Questions Should Be on the Table? Elizabeth S. Ericson, Charles J. Kirby, Arthur J. Lidsky, Susan Whitmer