Back to Previous Page

Classroom, University of Minnesota*

Artist/Designer: Designer Unknown

Project Location: United States

Figure 1: A College Lecture Hall. Source: Michelle C., Prof A, do I really have to be in class? 2011, Digital Image. Available from Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of Minnesota. ( Source | Accessed : November 11, 2013 )

No Style/Period Assigned.

Primary Material(s):
No Primary Material Assigned.


Related Website(s):

Significant Date(s):
21st Century

Additional Information:
Project Description:
Lecture Halls are designed to accommodate large numbers of students. The courses taught in lecture halls are usually introductory-level, lecture-based courses, where the students do not participate in group activities, such as the proverbial Biology 101. Often a course like that will have a lecture component, conducted in the large auditorium, and a lab work component, conducted in separate laboratory rooms, with a maximum capacity of about 30 students. However, if a class of 50 or less students is assigned to a lecture room of this arrangement, the instructor still may initiate successful class discussions. Lecture halls usually do not exceed 500 seats in capacity, as there are no classes with larger enrollments. For large gatherings, such as when a distinguished speaker is visiting a university for a one-time address, auditoriums of various seating capacities, often with a fully-equipped stage, are utilized.

Publications/Texts in Print:
Graves, Ben E. School Ways: The Planning and Design of America’s Schools. New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1993.

Grosvenor, Ian, and Catherine Burke. School. London: Reaktion Books, Ltd., 2008.

Hille, Thomas R. Modern Schools: A Century of Design for Education. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2011.

University, college, education, classroom design, school, lecture hall, higher education

Viewers should treat all images as copyrighted and refer to each image's links for copyright information.