We have come to describe some of the unique attributes and hallmarks of Drury University as “peaks of distinction.” These typically mark Drury’s academic landscape and serve as points of entry, platforms of study and exit paths for students as they launch careers and professional pursuits. The Hammons School of Architecture is such a peak and in no small manner, this is due to its mission, its founding principles and its setting within American architectural education. At the core of this peak is Drury architecture studies’ fundamental association with the liberal arts.
This issue of Drury Magazine focuses on the study of architecture at Drury University—its uniqueness in American higher education, its contribution to communities, its versatility that prepares graduates for a wide array of careers, its embrace of new technologies for teaching and design, and its natural synergy for students’ engaged learning. Taken together, these features of the study of architecture at Drury University have helped launch some extraordinary careers that claim the “Drury Difference” as their signature.
In a similar vein, the signature of physical space at Drury University is the diversity of its welcoming appeal. The classic architectural appeal of Burnham and Pearsons Halls; the iconic campus cornerstone Stone Chapel; the midcentury modern classics Bay Hall, Lay Hall, Breech School of Business and Findlay Student Center; and the post-modern functionality of the O’Reilly Family Event Center speak to a breadth of architectural diversity. While different in architectural style, the buildings on Drury’s campus are linked by a canopy of trees, campus residents and Midtown neighbors—all part of the environment via the meandering walkways and bike paths on and around the campus.
Drury’s architectural footprint has historical significance, but it also speaks to the present and the future of the university. As we continue down the path of completing our new visionary strategic plan, we are evaluating the university’s master plan. Our goal is to preserve and foster the historical character of our campus while at the same time, adapt our physical space to respond to new ways of teaching and learning. Just as the Hammons School of Architecture sets us apart, so, too, does our original “Forty Acres.”
See the President’s House – and other buildings on campus – as they looked in years past compared to how they appear on our campus today. View more >>