Workshop is a multidisciplinary firm assisting colleges and universities with strategic planning, organizational assessment, leadership advising, business planning, and aligning decision-making with their overall mission.

We are passionate about uncovering aspirations, aligning strategies, and unlocking the potential in people, places, and organizations. Our decades-long experience working with higher education clients affords us a special understanding of the organizational and operational challenges that they face in realizing their goals. We are there for our clients because we share their passion for education and building community. Our clients appreciate us for our insight, and for our inclusive, interdisciplinary approach that leads to achievable and effective solutions.


| Department and Division Strategic Planning

| Organizational Consulting, Program Review, and Staffing Analysis

| Student Life and Auxiliary Space Master Planning

| Facility Assessment and Repositioning

| Auxiliary Assessment, Benchmarking, and Repositioning

| Referendum and Student Fee Strategy Planning

| Unit-Level Service Analysis (e.g. student satisfaction)


for more information, please Contact

Director of Client Engagement

PHONE     414.272.8822 x101

key strategists

Brian Schermer, Ph.D., AIA

Brian Schermer leads Workshop’s research and assessment practice, and is also an Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Jan van den Kieboom, AIA, NCARB

Jan van den Kieboom founded Workshop in 1996 and leads the firm’s architecture, design, and planning practice.

Loren Rullman, Ph.D.
Senior Affiliate Consultant

Loren Rullman spent 30 years as a university leader at five universities and contributes to Workshop’s higher education advising practice.


“You did a great job discerning what we needed, asking the right questions, building credibility for our organization, and then making recommendations we could implement. Thank you.”

E. Mitchell Kilcrease
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Oklahoma State University

project experience

We’ve helped more than 60 universities across the nation – ranging from large and public to small and private – including: University of Michigan, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Oklahoma State University, St. Olaf College, Marquette University, and Carthage College.