Topophilia: The Importance of Place

As campuses struggle to rebuild their sense of community after the pandemic, faculty and staff need to help students rebuild their connection to place, the physical spaces students inhabit to do their work.  If we are to make our campuses more inclusive, our spaces must be welcoming to all and students need to feel a positive emotional connection to them.  This is the central idea of topophilia and the subject of our conversation.  We bring together a geographer, an architect, a facilities manager and a STEM administrator to talk about how campuses can plan and modify spaces to make them inclusive, engaging and inviting to everyone on a campus.


I. Recordings – YouTube
A. LSC Open Conversation #7: Topophilia: The Importance of Place – August 25, 2021

  • Gina Fernandes, Associate – Ayers Saint Gross
  • Bob Kolvoord, Dean, College of Integrated Science and Engineering (CISE) – James Madison University
  • Christopher Morett, Director of Scheduling and Space Management – Rutgers University
  • Henry Way, Associate Director, School of Integrated Science (SIS) and Professor, GS – James Madison University


II. Research


III.  Spaces


IV. From the LSC Archives
A. From the LSC Virtual Roundtables, 2020 –


Addendum: What Next?