Leveraging Incubators and Innovation Centers to Drive Interdisciplinary Thinking on Campuses

Topics: Administration and Finance, Facilities and Operations, Space Utilization

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About the Webconference

The educational learning landscape is evolving at a rapid pace – responding to the recession’s lingering effects, new learning and curriculum delivery perspectives, and the global interconnectivity and synergistic partnership between industry and education institutions. These factors are shaping new learning experiences and creating opportunities for campus incubators and innovation hubs that foster connectivity within and beyond the physical campus.

To establish the best educational path, institutions must leverage new collaborative strategies within their own campus and with other institutions, which is a partnership term noted as "accelerated academic innovation."

Through case studies, benchmarking, and original research, this session will explore alternative approaches to creating campus innovation hubs and the models that colleges and universities construct today.

During the session, attendees will learn how:

  • The demand for campus’ education-centric fusion facilities is transforming from departmental thinking to interdisciplinary thinking, living and discovery
  • New instruction approaches require original learning environment thinking that intertwines physical and digital learning experiences
  • The rapid growth and collaboration among higher education entrepreneurial partnerships and MOUs, with new business ventures and start-ups, are shaking up learning experiences on and around campuses


Bradley A. Lukanic, AIA, LEED AP
Executive Director, Education, CannonDesign

As Executive Director of CannonDesign’s Education Practice, Brad Lukanic leads a dynamic team of strategists, thought leaders, planners and designers focused on enhancing educational experiences and outcomes in the rapidly evolving education landscape. An advocate for new ideas and innovation, he brings insights from more than two decades of practice to shape powerful learning environments that serve today’s students as well as future generations.

Brad collaborates with college and university presidents, chancellors, provosts, deans and academic leaders to create effective strategies for addressing their institutions’ unique challenges. He co-founded CannonDesign’s Educational Advisory Services, a consultancy that examines educational challenges through the lenses of academics, finance, architecture and technology to develop innovative, sustainable and resilient solutions. His spirited leadership and commitment to client partnerships are key drivers of client success.

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