Duke University

Perkins Library Teaching and Learning Center

Location: Durham, NC
Client:  Duke University
Architect:  Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott

Project Description:

The renovation of the Perkins Library was an opportunity for Duke University to add a technology-rich Teaching and Learning Center to the building in order to reach its pedagogical goals focused on experimentation and diverse styles.  Known as “The Link”, this new facility houses six experimental classrooms, four seminar rooms and eleven group study rooms coupled with less formal spaces that encourage collaboration, individual work and kiosk style computing.

Designed to enable the optimum learning experience whether face to face, one on one or in small groups, the University has made a commitment to flexible learning environments heavily supported by technology.

Learn more about the Link and what the students are thinking:




  • Program Development for the Link
  • Architectural Design Support
  • System Design and Documentation
  • Implementation Oversight 


  • Automated classroom video capture
  • Distance Learning
  • Student work group video capture
  • Video production and editing
  • Audiovisual Presentation
  • High Resolution Digital Video Distribution
  • Videoconferencing


  • Enables experimental pedagogical styles
  • Provides highly flexible learning environments for formal and informal learning
  • Technology enables successful learning styles, in addition to teaching styles, and is highly accessible
  • Informs the technology upgrades for the rest of the campus.