Roosevelt University


College of Pharmacy

Schaumburg, Illinois

18,000 GSF, 1,672 M2

Architecture, Interior Architecture, Programming

Outstanding Design Award

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“SmithGroupJJR took great care to truly understand the program drivers from the start. There were multiple priorities that needed to be completed in addition to design, such as program accreditation and admissions. SmithGroupJJR did a great job in managing multiple layers and I had little concern that the design project would hold up our accreditation, as they delivered a fantastic space on time and within budget.”

—George E. MacKinnon III, Founding Dean and Professor, College of Pharmacy


Roosevelt University’s new College of Pharmacy is one of the few academic pharmacy programs in the nation to offer the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree in a three-year accelerated format, versus a traditionally four-year program. Yet innovation does not end there as other hallmarks of the program include, an integrated curriculum that is offered in four 11-week terms that includes didactic, experiential and clinical skills in each term, use of advanced instructional technologies with a dedicated focus on group learning – eliminating typical single-purpose classrooms and tiered lecture halls and embracing a learning center concept.

SmithGroupJJR designed an adaptable solution to support this unique program within an existing university facility. Exclusively dedicated to pharmacy education, the learning centers are designed to stimulate student collaboration and enhance active learning strategies. Students are able to learn a variety of professional skills in the clinical skills assessment and simulation laboratory. The laboratory itself is highly customizable to accommodate changes that occur in the professional patient-care setting that utilizes a SteelCase structure.

The design team approached the renovation in two phases to accommodate budget, as well as to flex with the growth of student and faculty population anticipated in the program’s second year. This was the third new academic pharmacy program for Dean MacKinnon in the past twenty years, so he was knowledgeable about the structural needs of the College of Pharmacy and the desire for an architectural firm to understand the Dean’s perspective.

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