For over 75 years, we've worked with education organizations around the world to develop interior spaces that inspire, evolve and endure. We understand the complexities of planning for inevitable change on campus and the critical need for multipurpose furnishings that can adapt over time.
Space matters – it is a key factor in attracting and retaining both students and faculty. Knoll offers numerous solutions appropriate across campus – whether for high visibility areas like libraries and residence halls, or for hard working areas like laboratories and active learning classrooms. While there is a spectrum of needs within these different spaces – from casual to formal, impromptu to planned, open to enclosed – research confirms the importance of distinct choices for each type of interactivity.
Our commitment to innovation and modern design has yielded a comprehensive portfolio of furnishings to help universities and colleges meet their strategic goals including creating effective learning spaces, growing enrollments, conveying the proper brand image and fostering interdisciplinary collaboration. Simple and sustainable, our products are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified for healthy interior environments, are BIFMA level certified and can contribute to LEED certification.
To create effective and efficient learning environments, you need adaptable, durable furniture that can flex to the task at hand. From lecture halls to active learning classrooms, Knoll furnishings help create dynamic learning environments that enhance the student’s academic experience.
A thriving university or college campus requires spaces that can attract and retain students, convey the proper brand image, foster community interaction and cultivate alumni support. Knoll offers a wide variety of furnishings that can not only help create beautiful common spaces but are also durable, adaptable, enduring and sustainable. Our furniture is a flexible platform for ever changing technology – we can support needs today and tomorrow.
Universities and colleges demand a variety of enclosed and open plan solutions that support diverse individual work styles and provide multiple opportunities for collaborative work and group activities. Our high-performance products are designed to effectively support various work modes – individual, focused work; shared work centering on the exchange of ideas or team work that depends on the collective wisdom of the group.
Research March 31, 2020
Join us for a virtual weekly series about the changing dynamics of work today.READ MORE
Research March 17, 2020
Knoll convened a Higher Education Summit in Chicago in October 2019 with thought leaders in higher education design from across the country.READ MORE
Research October 29, 2018
The rapidly expanding public research university in San Marcos, Texas, is the academic home to nearly 40,000 students from around the world. The University continues its commitment toward expanding active learning environments to serve this growing student population.READ MORE
Research January 10, 2017
When UPenn set out to renovate its engineering library, the project involved rethinking the interior in order to realign the space with a contemporary pedagogy.READ MORE
Research September 11, 2015
To learn more about the link between facility design and student experience, Knoll conducted a two-part study with the Wake Forest School of Business.READ MORE
Research July 14, 2014
Located on the Red Sea, in the Saudi Arabian desert, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a new international, graduate-level research university. To design and build an environment, in just 28 months, for an institution that existed only in concept required Herculean efforts from an international team.READ MORE
Research June 26, 2014
In this pre-move assessment at the Wake Forest University School of Business we found many connections between design and: quality of study, socializing, satisfaction with space and even decision to attend the school. We were also able to identify specific design features that impact these outcomes and provide insights on how to improve the spaces.READ MORE
Research September 27, 2013
Knoll conducted a study among several American universities to determine the most flexible and efficient means of planning and furnishing the traditional faculty private office with today's needs in mind. The findings are now being used as the basis for new forward-thinking designs to help colleges and universities plan more flexible and efficient office spaces.READ MORE
Research May 23, 2013
This paper takes a closer look at the environmental transformations underway in higher education. A peek into the buildings reveals a very different picture than that of a decade or two ago. What is so different? And more specifically, how does this affect the planning function? | White PaperREAD MORE
Project Profile March 04, 2020
Located in Washington State between Rattlesnake Ridge and the Snoqualmie River floodway, Mount Si High School opened Phase 1 of the new school in 2019.READ MORE
Project Profile January 02, 2020
Emory University favors a heavily mixed planning solution to create an immersive experience that enables faculty and students to do more together.READ MORE
Project Profile October 23, 2019
University of Pennsylvania adapts Saarinen's Hill College House for contemporary campus life and work.READ MORE
Project Profile February 07, 2019
Collaboration and transparency set the tone at Engineering Research Center at Brown University.READ MORE
Project Profile April 23, 2018
Increasing the capacity of Stanford University's Hoover Institution, the new David and Joan Traitel Building embraces natural veneers.READ MORE
Project Profile November 16, 2017
A cherished landmark, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign looked to Knoll when renovating the Natural History Building.READ MORE