"We must continue to generate the conditions for serendipitous encounters—
the unexpected conversation that becomes a fruitful partnership
or the passing observation that sparks a discovery or innovation."
- Drew Faust, Harvard Common Spaces Program

Building the best academic facilities is not enough to foster a well-rounded educational experience. Comfortable and lively public spaces provide informal places on and near campuses that can bring students, faculty, staff, visitors, and the community together.


PPS helps small colleges and major universities alike bridge the gap between distinct and diverse communities on and surrounding their campuses. We help create more comfortable and inviting public places, on campus and off, and shape new buildings and facilities to support social interaction and exchange.


Elena Madison