CHICAGO (September 2018) — Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) is pleased to announce that Bryan Irwin, AIA, LEED AP has joined the firm as a Principal. Irwin will be part of the firm’s Campus Environments leadership team, practicing nationally with a focus on libraries and learning environments.
“SCB’s higher education practice has been steadily growing for some time now, expanding from our roots in residential life projects to student centers, dining halls, recreation and wellness facilities, and academics,” said SCB President Chris Pemberton. “We look forward to building upon that success with Bryan’s leadership and expertise in academic buildings and libraries.”
Irwin is a seasoned architect and landscape architect with over 25 years of experience in campus planning and architectural design. His impressive portfolio of award-winning work spans the globe and includes the Miller Nichols Library and Interactive Learning Center at the University of Missouri, Kansas City; the Hans W. Klohn Commons at the University of New Brunswick; Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons at Salisbury University; and the new Main Library and La Carreta Pavillion at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico.
“This is a challenging and exciting time to be working in higher education,” Irwin said. “With rapidly evolving ideas about teaching and learning, and dollars needing to stretch further than ever, our role as planners and architects is that much more critical as we look to design for not only today’s students, but also future generations.”
Prior to joining SCB, Irwin was a design principal at Sasaki Associates where he led the firm’s learning environments practice. In addition to his planning and design work, Bryan has spearheaded research projects and survey studies that examine emerging trends in learning environments, and has spoken at numerous conferences including the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), and the International Association of University Libraries (IATUL). Bryan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Washington University in Saint Louis and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design.