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 brings together spaces for collaborative and social learning beneath a green roof garden.

“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, University Architect, Towson University


  • Satellite location on the grounds of Harford Community College
  • Classrooms, wet labs, computer labs, learning commons
  • LEED Silver Certified
  • GWWO served as Architect-of-Record with ikon.5 Architects as Design Architect