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Winter 2021 

We are pleased to present our winter 2021 issue of evolution, a seasonal journal. This issue offers reflections on why inclusive design matters, followed by POSTINGS: a clipboard of recent engagements of our office.


With the recent results of the 2020 election, one fact stands out above all others: people are divided- politically, culturally, and economically. At the highest levels of government, common solutions may be hard to find, as entrenched powers and passionate reformers clash over the frayed lines of communication. But closer to home the everyday processes of community engagement offer important opportunities to bring people together, and to make diversity a virtue in shaping the future. Since our inception, Moore Ruble Yudell has sought to do just that, and evolved our process of planning and design to be collaborative, inclusive, and community oriented.

Inclusive Design is interwoven as a principle and as a process
Moore Ruble Yudell’s application of Inclusive Design as a principle stems from the broadly collaborative design approach that is the foundation of our practice. Here are some milestones:

Inclusive participation both informs design and actively builds community
Most importantly, it has relevance for the evolving needs and priorities of higher education and the changing demographics of students in the 21st Century.

The Diversity of College Life: It’s not a playground of privilege any more 
At campuses across the country, fewer students (less than 16% according to recent studies) fit the traditional profile of a higher education student between the ages of 18 – 22 who lives on campus and receives parental financial support. Students are increasingly the first generation to attend college and the types of students continues to expand to include part-time, on-line, life-long, or a hybrid.  More students are older, commute rather than live on campus, and many juggle the demands of family and academic life.

Current and upcoming students are recognized as the most diverse generation ever in race, ethnicity, religion, and gender identity
Here are some snapshots of how schools reflect and serve this new population, and how we seek to inform our planning and design to help them do it.

Community with Diversity: UC Berkeley Lower Sproul Re-Development and Student Community Center
UC Berkeley is famous for its rich tapestry of student organizations that both articulate and engage the student community in passionate pursuit of intellectual, political, and cultural advancement. Our team led a highly inclusive framework of workshops and small group meetings that involved over 800 student groups, as well as faculty, staff, community and civic leaders. Following the community planning process, the student body was so invested that they voted decisively to support this project through additional student fees, in spite of concurrent protests over tuition increases.

University of Denver Community Commons: “Diversity Lived is Diversity Learned” 
DU’s new Community Commons acts as a funnel and a mixer, capturing student movement to and from the new first year dorms with a variety of spaces for students to dine, meet, socialize, study, and make use of supportive services. The plan’s fluid-dynamic shaping is driven by student movement- making the design ‘behavior-based’ rather than coolly geometric or rational. Flexible, open, and visible, the spaces welcome students and reinforce a sense of belonging that is key to keeping students on campus and thereby supporting success. At the rooftop an unexpected pavilion appears, providing a house-like scale of event space, and offering yet another distinctly different experience of community. In this sense, the architecture strives to ‘walk the walk’ of diversity with its own inclusive mosaic of spatial experience.

At the Vanguard of Equity and Inclusion: California Community Colleges 
With over 2 million students at 116 campuses, the California Community College system is the largest higher education institution in the U.S., the largest provider of workforce training, and one of the most broadly inclusive institutions in the world. California community colleges serve the most diverse population of post-secondary school students, with the largest single ethnic group amounting to less than 25%, and over 40% of students at ages 25 and over. Community college students work their way through school, commute to campus, manage child care, study at night. They learn to become nurses, justice workers, STEM graduates at 4-year schools, construction managers, and business owners.

3 Campuses  120 In Place and virtual meetings  Over 1200 stakeholders engaged

North Orange County Community College District  

Moore Ruble Yudell together with Brailsford and Dunlavey completed Master Planning for three NOCCCD campuses. Our team began by looking at a range of student profiles, shown below:

To help our team and College representatives think about the variety of student concerns, we conducted Campus Equity Walks, asking participants to put themselves in the shoes of students with different backgrounds and needs.

One overarching goal of the planning is place-making with a purpose: providing students with indoor and outdoor places to study and socialize between classes. Each campus is given a higher order of connectivity between existing and proposed facilities. To communicate the intended quality of campus transformation, graphics for the process included highly visual, 3-D digital images that supported virtual work sessions.

West Los Angeles College: a Place for Everyone on Campus  
WLAC, one of the Los Angeles Community College District’s 9 campuses, is building more than just a new Library Learning Center- itself a major transformation of student learning opportunity. Moore Ruble Yudell’s programming and conceptual planning for the project creates a new campus promenade, linking a series of improvement projects to support the new Center with complementary services for students. Components include Basic Needs, offering food and clothing, Student Health including mental health counseling, and a variety of career and educational advisory services, all aimed at elevating student success.

Building Multiple Careers at College of the Desert 
Our master plan for COD’s new Palm Springs Campus organizes a new ground-up campus for innovative career and professional training. With close ties to regional business, the educational program will immerse students in hospitality, culinary, technology, and health-based curricula. Creating the opportunities for student inclusion and community focused on climate as well as communication. Continuous movement with shaded circulation forms the spine of organization on a grand arc oriented to iconic mountain views.

Community colleges like College of the Desert thrive on close relations with their service communities. Our planning process included virtual public presentation sessions complemented by local newspaper coverage. With their close community relations and ‘shared governance’ process for campus development, Community Colleges in California set an exemplary standard of inclusivity as a process and as a framework for enriching student experience.



UCLA Faculty Center Restorations

Construction is currently underway on the UCLA Faculty Center Seismic and Infrastructure Improvements Project and re-imagines existing mid-century modern patio spaces originally built in 1959. Building on the original indoor-outdoor connections at the Faculty Center, the East Patio and California Terrace are re-envisioned as highly flexible outdoor rooms for dining and events. New landscape, paving, lighting and finishes enhance inside- outside connections with large-scale glass doors from indoor rooms to adjacent garden spaces.

Design Architect: Moore Ruble Yudell
Landscape Architect: Studio-MLA

“One Global Place” for Technology Enhanced Innovation and Collaboration Arizona State University Thunderbird School of Global Management

The new ASU Thunderbird School of Global Management creates a physical and virtual Hub for Global Leadership.  The project builds on the Thunderbird School’s founding mission to support global understanding and peace through dialogue and collaboration. This 124,000 square foot project balances an array of technology enhanced research, study and collaboration spaces.

Construction Completion: Fall 2021

Co-Design Architect: Moore Ruble Yudell
Architect of Record/ Co-Design Architect: Jones Studio

A First-Year HUB of Campus Interaction Community Commons University of Denver

The Community Commons is shaped to create multiple scales of connectivity along the canyons of regional landscapes. The 138,000 square foot project is designed to encourage interaction and welcome a diverse student community. The concept of “FLOW” –a guiding design principle--creates a fluid and dynamic environment to encourage the encounter of people, ideas, and resources. Generous openings interconnect multi-levels bringing daylight to interior spaces that include student services and support, campus dining, multi-use forum, event, and lounges. The building’s locally sourced copper cladding has antimicrobial qualities that are even more beneficial during the current environment.

Construction Completion: January 2021

Design Architect: Moore Ruble Yudell
Architect of Record: Anderson Mason Dale

New Housing Captures the Scale and Serendipity of Dublin’s Historic Neighborhoods Cherrywood Blocks 3 and 4 of TC4 Hines Global Development Dublin, Ireland

Moore Ruble Yudell has designed one of the first blocks of Hines’ Cherrywood development at the edge of Dublin. The five-story complex features an irregular interior courtyard, shaped to maximize open space and to capture early morning and late afternoon daylight for 209 units. The street edge responds to the urban grid while interior open spaces are animated to provide a sense of diversity and surprise. Building massing is shaped into four distinct “Houses” to provide a residential scale and capture daylight and views- meeting carefully prescribed natural light requirements in Ireland’s housing codes. This distinctive character is accomplished using prefabrication throughout. Exterior façades are detailed in prefabricated brick panels. Interior planning makes use of fully finished ‘Pods’ for all bathrooms and kitchens.

Construction Completion: Summer 2021

Timelapse Video
Design Architect: Moore Ruble Yudell
Architect of Record: Henry J. Lyons


CCFC Panel Discussion: Master Planning in the Midst of a Crisis at North Orange County CCD

Associate Principal Carissa Oyedele, AIA spoke at the Annual Community College Facility Coalition (CCFC) Conference on November 12 on “Master Planning in the Midst of a Crisis at North Orange County CCD”. She was joined with Chancellor Marshall, Vice Chancellor of Facilities & Finance Fred Williams, and Andrew Perez and Jenny Derry from Brailsford & Dunlavey.

EDsession: Programming and Designing for School Facilities for Change

James Mary O’Connor presented at EDSpaces 2020 on November 11th. The session was titled “Moving Beyond Covid-19: Programming & Designing for School Facilities for Change” and will explore strategic solutions using Santa Monica High School as a study.

Powerful 7 Virtual Symposium

Moore Ruble Yudell was a proud sponsor of this year’s AIA|LA’s Powerful 7 Virtual Symposium. Associate Principal Carissa Oyedele held a breakout session to discuss “Working with New Normals”.


Aspire Conference 2020

Carissa Oyedele, AIA, Jeanne Chen, FAIA and University of Denver's Mo Lotif led a panel at AIA's reimagined virtual ASPIRE Conference. Their Chat INCLUSIVITY & INNOVATION: UNLEASH THE CREATIVE POTENTIAL OF DIVERSE TEAMS focused on the importance the built environment can have on people's well-being and sense of belonging.


Jeanne Chen, FAIA: Juror AIA Design Honolulu Design Awards

Jeanne Chen, FAIA was invited to be a juror for the 2020 AIA Honolulu Design Awards—This is Hawaii’s oldest design competition held annually since 1958 and recognizes the year’s best

Learn More: 2020 Design Award Winners (


The United Nations Association LA Chapter Chat: Designing a Sustainable Future

Carissa Oyedele, AIA was part of The United Nations Association LA Chapter Chat and addressed the responsibility of the architecture and construction industry to reduce carbon emissions through the design of sustainable cities and communities—a UN Sustainable Development Goal.



Olin #1 Business School for Entrepreneurship

Congratulations to Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis for being ranked as the #1 MBA Entrepreneurship Program by Inc. magazine for the second year in a row! The ranking looks at 10 categories including the number of recently established startups by students and alumni and more.

Architect of Record/ Design Architect: Moore Ruble Yudell
Associate Architect: Mackey Mitchell

Learn more here.

Handing Over Ceremony for Asia School of Business (ASB) / MIT Sloan  

Completion of the Asia School of Business has been fulfilled with the recent Handing Over Ceremony.  Officials and dignitaries from the Bank Negara Malaysia bestow occupancy of the new campus to the Asia School of Business.  The school is an international collaboration between ASB and the MIT Sloan School focuses on innovative teaching and research, supported by partnerships with industry and community, to address emerging global challenges.The contemporary structure is inspired by patterns of traditional Malaysian art and architecture.

Construction Completion: Winter 2020

Design Architect: Moore Ruble Yudell
Executive Architect: GDP Architects

Architecture and Design Power-up the Center of a Dynamic International Campus
College of Architecture and Design at Wenzhou Kean University (WKU)
Wenzhou, China  

Kean University’s new campus exemplifies the successful collaboration of an American university with its partner institution in Asia. The new College takes front and center position as the gateway to WKU’s fast-growing campus, with a grand scale that addresses the major quad on one side, and a central campus lake on the other. A series of flexible loft spaces for labs, maker spaces, offices, and library form a 2-story podium for a pair of multi-level studio wings that hover above, all framing an 800-seat assembly space that serves the campus as a whole.


Design Architect: Moore Ruble Yudell
Executive Architect: TJAD Architecture

SMMUSD Shares Design Plan for SAMOHI Campus

The Phase 3 design plan for SAMOHI, which includes the Gold Gymnasium and Exploration Building, was revealed in the Santa Monica Daily Press.. The Phase 3 buildings are scheduled to be ready for fall 2023.

Co-Design Architect: Moore Ruble Yudell
Architect of Record/ Co-Design Architect: HED

Learn More Here.


AN ACADEMIC VILLAGE UNIFYING CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY School of Continuing Education, Mt. San Antonio College

MRY has been selected to program and design highly flexible learning environments in a garden setting to support education programs for a diverse student population including life-long learners, professional accreditation, language skills and vocational training. The project significantly expands the campus fabric and connectivity and is a critical step toward meeting their ambitious Climate Action Plan goals of Net-Zero by 2030.

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