Higher education designers take a new look at campus meeting spaces.

Architectural design elements in higher education are moving beyond the four walls of the classroom, according to an article in College Planning & Management.

Designers are beginning to focus on making better use of corridors, rooftops, outdoor areas, entryways and staircases, writes Tracy Tafoya, a LEED-AP architect and principal at OZ Architecture.

She sees these unlikely areas as opportunities for students to meet, collaborate, study and relax. In fact, she writes, architects and designers are focusing on how interpersonal interactions impact building design, delivering more ways students and faculty can work and learn together.

Increasingly, institutions and architects are focusing on the ways students learn and achieve outside their traditional settings. For more on the movement to provide enriching environments outside the classroom, read the full article.