We are excited to announce the appointment of industry expert, Cheryl Walker, FAIA, as a dedicated practice leader in the learning and civic markets. Cheryl has more than 25 years’ experience and is credited with numerous award-winning projects. Her appointment furthers Progressive AE’s commitment to learning and civic clients in and around Charlotte, NC.

Today’s learning environments must be both innovative and flexible to meet the growing demands from students, parents, and educators. Progressive AE has a long history of creating beautiful and functional learning environments for traditional and non-traditional schools.

Designing learning environments that inspire is our passion.

We’re helping educators of all types plan for growth with visionary campus planning, redeveloping aging facilities into modern learning environments, reducing operating costs through better engineering, and paving the way to the future with flexible, responsive, state-of-the-art facilities.

Whether your facility requires traditional or non-traditional design, or perhaps a blend of both, our experienced team can guide you to the perfect solution.

Student Dining

On-campus dining facilities are changing rapidly and the gap between where they were, and what they’re becoming, continues to widen. Today’s students expect sustainable solutions, multi-purpose social feel, healthy choices, wide selections and expansive recycling capabilities.

We’ve designed dining spaces for universities and restaurateurs across the country. With licensing in 48 states and the experience to match, we’re helping universities reduce their carbon footprint, eliminate waste to landfill, maintain a healthier student population, and making it easier to attract and retain millennial students—all through better design.


Dolce at Michigan State University’s Brody Hall features desserts, shakes and fresh fruit smoothies.


Student Housing

From on-campus residence halls to off-campus apartments, today’s students have more living choices than ever before. Modern student living centers combine personal space with amenities like lounges, clubhouses, coffee shops, fitness and recreation spaces, to provide a more robust and satisfying living experience. An experience that builds student satisfaction, drives student achievement and helps learning institutions attract and retain students. With more than 50 years and 40,000 student housing beds in our portfolio, we’re here to help develop a plan that is both innovative and budget conscious.

VIDEO: Hear what our clients at Western Michigan University, Ferris State University, and Hillsdale College have to say about the important role their housing facilities play in student recruitment and retention.