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Michael C. Lauber


Ellenzweig Architecture & Planning

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Michael Lauber, AIA, is President of Ellenzweig, an architecture and planning firm located in Cambridge, Massachusetts specializing in projects for higher education. Michael directs programming and design projects for Ellenzweig, and has 30 years of experience in the planning and design of teaching and research facilities for colleges and universities. He serves as Principal-in-Charge of current and recent academic teaching projects for Michigan State University, University of Kentucky, University of Iowa, University of Maryland Baltimore, University of Utah and Stanford University, among many others, and has directed planning studies for teaching spaces at Vassar, College, Connecticut College, Rhodes College and the University of Richmond. Michael has presented widely at various conferences on topics associated with learning space planning and design, including numerous presentations at Tradeline, the Society for College and University Planning, and Project Kaleidoscope. Michael holds a Master in Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University.

If, how, and when to renovate
Powerpoint presentation on Ursinus College, Dickinson College, and Lafayette College renovations and additions presented at the 2002 Summer Institute.
Informal Spaces: What are they for? Why do we need them?
Includes photos of informal spaces at Vassar, Dickinson, Harvard, Stanford, and Ursinus.
The Vassar Story
Michael Lauber, a principal at Ellenzweig Associates, discusses the Vassar College renovations from his standpoint as the architect, contrasting to those of Barbara Page as faculty. He looks at the problems faced and the creative solutions they worked out to make the library a focal point on the expansive campus.
Classrooms: Focus on Technology - Enhanced Pedagogies and Learning
This presentation focuses on three different yet interdependent perspectives of the college classroom: that of the classroom designer, classroom instructor, and classroom manager. Each perspective adds insight to the basic question: how should we change our classrooms to best support faculty and serve our students? One-size-fits-all thinking rarely works, so in a resource-limited setting, what are the practical solutions? Incremental improvements usually don't alter teaching practices or learning outcomes, or expand our thinking through tranformative designs. And how do we know when we've enhanced learning? We have some provocative notions to inspire and team discussions about how design and technology may improve learning and teaching.
Coordinating Campus-Wide Classroom Planning
What factors need to be considered when developing a campus-wide classroom plan? How can architects/planners and institutional planning groups work effectively to develop a classroom plan that addresses the wide variety of pedagogical approaches employed in higher education? In this session we will share our recent experiences in developing an effective campus-wide classroom plan.
Working with Design Professionals
This presentation reviews the overall planning, design, and construction process for various building projects and describes the different roles design professionals play each step along the way. Also discussed is how the client group should prepare to work with design professionals, both (long) before the actual design process starts, as well as during the stages of planning, design, and construction.
Designing Spaces that Serve the Research-Rich Learning Environment
Research-Rich Facilities Designing Spaces that Serve Research-Rich
Breakout Session II-C: Connecting Pedagogical Approaches, Technology, and Learning
Breakout Session III-A: Describing Institutional Planning: The Vassar College Story
Breakout IC & II A: Sustainability