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5 Higher Ed Institutions Among 11 Projects Receiving AIA 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award

5 Higher Ed Institutions Among 11 Projects Receiving AIA 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The "[a]ward honors educational facilities that the jury believes should serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client's mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design. These projects exemplify innovation through the client's educational goals through responsive and responsible programming, planning and design. Function and surrounding regional and community context are valued as part of the planning and design process as well as sustainability."

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2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse, Ohio State University

2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse, Ohio State University | SCUP Links | Scoop.it


The jury said, “ . . . great that they did not take down the towers . . . connector is a nice contrast . . .interiors are appealing . . . great use of color.”


The new policy to house all freshmen and sophomores on campus at Ohio State University (OSU) created a need to increase housing capacity. Three areas were identified to create density, foster a more dynamic student experience, and sustainably leverage existing infrastructure. Additions of bed capacity, program, utility/sustainability regeneration, and improvements to the district civic space for recreation use and passive open space were planned.


One area was the South High-Rise District. By inserting connectors between two existing eleven-story residential towers, new entry lobbies, student social and study spaces, additional beds, and newly-defined courtyards were added. Anchoring the additions
to the existing infrastructure of bathrooms, stairs, and elevators, the project  delivered beds at a reduced cost (an average of $50,000/ bed).


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2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Colorado School of Mines

2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Colorado School of Mines | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Marquez Hall is the new home of the Petroleum Engineering department, sited to create a vital connection between the existing campus and a future Earth Science Quad. It facilitates connections be­tween students and faculty, departments and disci­plines, campus spaces and the greater geography of the Rocky Mountain Front Range, creates an arrival point to campus from the town of Golden; and provides inviting open space.


The jury said, “ . . . liked the way the building responded to campus context . . . execution is lovely, materials and detailing exemplary . . . design is quite responsive . . .”


The building forms a sunlit southern edge to a new plaza with a public lobby and exhibit spaces. It has three spacial elements: a bar of labs on the north, a bar of faculty offices on the south, and the general classroom wing to the east. Users can easily under­stand and navigate the facility. Interaction between students, faculty and research teams is enhanced.

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2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Kenyon College

2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Kenyon College | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

At Kenyon College, art history forms the bridge between studio practice and the liberal arts curricu­lum. The integrated planning process to create a new Studio Arts Building and new Gallery & Art History Building involved Kenyon administration, faculty and students, and resulted in two distinct, but interre­lated initiatives. Bringing these facilities into the center of campus was a priority.


The building was located on a very prominent site, directly on Middle Path, in the heart of the historic core, to increase the visibility and participa­tion of the arts.


The two-story building with a basement includes a large 6,100 square-foot gallery, a smaller secondary gallery, an entry and lower level lobby for public gatherings, a 136-seat auditorium, classroom, seminar room, curatorial classroom, and a 3,400 square-foot art storage space.


The jury said, “ . . . the way it fits on campus is clear . . . confidence and clarity of materiality . . . forms are crisp . . . building is about art, history of art . . . building is like a piece of pottery or sculpture . . . it may stand the test of time . . . ”

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SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Honor Award, George Brown College, Toronto

SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Honor Award, George Brown College, Toronto | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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This project is at George Brown College in Toronto. The application process for the 2014 awards is open now.

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2013 SCUP Excellence in Planning for New Campus, Honor Award

2013 SCUP Excellence in Planning for New Campus, Honor Award | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The jury said, “To be able to pull this off in a contemporary language in the desert is pretty amazing . . . both symbolic image and environmen­tally derived, integrated and aesthetically pure . . .”

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This project is at Universidade Agostinho Neto (UAN), in Angola. The application process for the 2014 awards is open now.

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2013 SCUP Excellence in Planning for an Existing Campus, Honor Award

2013 SCUP Excellence in Planning for an Existing Campus, Honor Award | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The jury said, “It is a university project but also a City of Philadelphia project in terms of its impact and how it extends the city. It gives to the city.”

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This project is at the University of Pennsylvania. The application process for the 2014 awards is open now.

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Donald M. Norris is the SCUP 2014 K.C. Parsons Founders' Award Recipient

Donald M. Norris is the SCUP 2014 K.C. Parsons Founders' Award Recipient | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Donald M. Norris, Ph.D. is president and founder of Strategic Initiatives, Inc.  He has been active in the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) for more than 30 years, starting during his service as a university planner and institutional researcher at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston and continuing through his distinguished consulting career.  He has co-authored seven books and monographs for SCUP that have dramatically influenced the field of strategic planning over the past thirty years, including Transforming Higher Education: A Vision for Learning in the 21st Century (1995), A Guide to Planning for Change (2008), and Transforming in an Age of Disruptive Change (2013).  His work also includes ground-breaking practices in analytics and optimizing student success and institutional performance. He was program chair of SCUP-21 in 1986 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by SCUP in 1994. 

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Congratulations to Donald M. Norris on his recognition of his exceptional achievements in higher education plannng. The Society for College and University Planning has awarded bim its highest honor, the 2014 K.C. Parsons Founders' Award for Distinguished Service.

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2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University

2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Responding to the Arcadian quality of the surrounding Stanford Arboretum, the site design brings landscape into the building, appearing more like a clearing in the woods than an urban building with hard edges. It is a critical element of the campus arts district. Architecture and landscape create a series of gathering spaces to the north, west and south, fully engaging the setting.


The jury said, “ . . . elegant proportions . . . nice fit in context of campus . . . well crafted, beautiful materials and simplicity . . .”


The central element is an 842-seat vineyard style concert hall and includes a studio/rehearsal hall, artists’ suites, a music library, instrument storage rooms designed to double as practice rooms, an artists’ lounge and generous public amenities.


The seating sections split into terraces ringing the stage and create an intimate concert experience for both audience and performer.

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2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Superstition Mountain Campus, Central Arizona College

2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Merit Award, Superstition Mountain Campus, Central Arizona College | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The jury said, “ . . . refreshing . . . outstanding systematic approach . . . sculptural building, wonderful gesture . . . ” new jewel box lays ground for future building sites . . .can change people lives . . . structure expressed in powerful way.”


College Center nearly doubled the square footage of the campus. The building layout was organized with two centers; one center defined by a large folded ceiling that spans open learning spaces with floor to ceiling glass; the second by a group of five science teaching labs with a technical focus. A bridge occupied by offices and lounges links the two centers and provides an academic link between functions.

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2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Honor Award, Tulane University

2013 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture for a New Building, Honor Award, Tulane University | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Tulane University was dealt a major blow by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which caused more than $650 million damage to its downtown and uptown campuses. Just days before, equipment was positioned to drive piles for what is now known as Weatherhead Hall. The project went on hold while Tulane repaired damage and created a renewal plan. The university clarified its vision and accelerated plans for undergraduate living and learning.


Weatherhead functions as part of a main campus entry, and builds upon New Orleans vernacular that stems from a strong program model and massing.


The jury said “ . . . it is all about community and gathering space . . . successful . . . friendly . . . under­stated clean plan, good neighbor, and good design elements . . .if every residence did this, it would be great . . . ”

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This faculty residence project is at Tulane University. The application process for the 2014 awards is open now.

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2013 SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture, Open Space Honor Award

2013 SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture, Open Space Honor Award | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Discovery Walk is a collaborative art project that speaks of the medical school’s identity and heritage. The story of the school and its famous individuals is told on 400 granite panels photo-etched with photographs, letters, and medical illustrations illuminating a dynamic history.


The jury said, “ . . . very transformative . . . huge commitment of institution . . . eloquently executed . . . elegant, simple solution . . .. still retains sense of individuality . . .”

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SCUP Excellence in Planning for A District or Campus Component, Honor Award

SCUP Excellence in Planning for A District or Campus Component, Honor Award | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The jury said, “ . . . very compelling, want to be in the spaces. . . richness and layering of edges . . . great example of best use of environment. . . epitomizes town gown issues . . .”

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This project is at the University of Washington, West Campus Housing. The application process for the 2014 awards is open now.

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2013 SCUP Excellence in Planning for A District or Campus Component, Merit Award

2013 SCUP Excellence in Planning for A District or Campus Component, Merit Award | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

The jury said, “ . . . positive thing for a down and out city . . . sets a precedent of collaboration beyond the boards . . . commendable . . .”

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This project is at Wayne State University, in Detroit. The application process for the 2014 awards is open now.

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