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Studio Charrette

January 18–21, 2022: THE CHARRETTE

Studio of the Future: The Charrette week kicked off the Hines College’s strategic planning processing at the start of the spring 2022 semester. The charrette served as an assessment from the student perspective, meant to challenge normative thinking and question, redefine, and reshape the studio culture of the College. The effort sought to reconnect the Hines College community, imagine the future of the studio, establish goals and strategies for investing in the College’s digital and physical infrastructure, and pave the way for the future strategic plan. The summary document below highlights the different provocations posed during the charrette and summaries of the findings.

Faculty Advance


The Hines College’s faculty gathered for their annual retreat prior to the start of the fall 2022 semester for a first assessment from the faculty perspective. Facilitated by strategist Jim Oswald, faculty brainstormed and examined the future of the Hines College over two days of small and large group discussions.

Open House #2

September 15, 2022: OPEN HOUSE # 1

The first of three Open House events brought together about 150 Hines College students, faculty, staff, and alumni in the architecture building’s atrium to learn about the strategic planning process, review assessments from the charrette and faculty advance/retreat, and brainstorm on the College’s weaknesses, strengths, and opportunities. The event provided a chance for those interested in the strategic planning process to have a transparent understanding of strategic planning and the College’s path forward. 

Working Group

September 15, 2022: WORKING GROUP MEETING #1

The first of three Working Group meetings took place immediately after the first Open House. The Working Group, consisting of 35 students, faculty, staff, and alumni, reviewed the results of the charrette and faculty advance/retreat, as well as the evening’s open house, to prioritize possible topics for exploration. The Working Group divided into six different topic groups. The topic groups will meet separately to discuss their assigned topics before the next Working Group meeting in January.