Towson University in Northeastern Maryland

Bel Air, MD

Classrooms, wet labs, nursing labs, technology lab, auditorium, seminar room
Breakout rooms, group learning spaces, café, information commons, campus store, offices
LEED Silver Certified
Managing Firm: GWWO Architects; Design Architect: ikon.5 architects
Towson University
Site Analysis, Sustainable Design, Interior Design, Full Design Services, Construction Administration

Towson University in Northeastern Maryland is a classroom facility that integrates alternative learning and social environments within the formal classroom program spaces of the building.


The site is a sloping meadow ringed by mature stands of trees and oriented westward to vast open views. Inspired by this powerful rural landscape, the building is designed as a “learning garden.”

Lodged into the slope as rock formations, two masonry wings create a central commons between them. An extension of the meadow, the multi-tiered learning commons is visually and physically connected to the surrounding landscape, and brings together spaces for collaborative and social learning beneath a green roof garden.

Site Context
Site Context

“Alan’s design input allowed us to achieve a building that serves the diverse needs of many campus functions and feels like home to Towson University students.”

—David Mayhew, FAIA, University Architect, Towson University