The academic environment is changing to support how people are inspired in today's world. Instead of instructors who stand behind podiums in large lecture halls removed from their students, academic campuses now support new ways of teaching. We design environments to enhance scientific exploration and discovery with hands-on problem-based learning and advanced communications technologies. By understanding how disciplines are merging to create entirely new fields of study, and how boundaries between faculty and students are dissolving, we are able to replace former barriers with new connections. We develop integrated, safe and sustainable environments to accommodate the growing diversity and connectivity of the academic community.