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Higher Education Buildings Get AIA Wisconsin Honors

University campuses are often conceived of as singular architectural environments unified by a common design aesthetic; worlds unto their own where a consistent design context reinforces the notion of college as a distinctive, protective location for the acquisition of knowledge and personal development. Entire genres of architecture (like Collegiate Gothic) have sprung up around this very idea. Nearly half of the buildings honored with AIA Wisconsin’s latest design awards are on college campuses, and likewise reflect and reinforce each of their unique campuses identities, inviting students to join a community founded on learning and exploration.


Honor Award

 Madrigrano Family Residence Hall at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., designed by Workshop Architects. Jury comments: While this is one of the smallest projects, the result is a powerful and extraordinary transformation that was accomplished with so few moves and so little means.  It is exceptional.  Image courtesy of Carthage College.

Honor Award

Honor Award: Topo House, in Blue Mounds, Wis., designed by Johnsen Schmaling Architects. Jury comments: The design allows for a lot of outdoor spaces that the architecture creates and embraces.  The scale and simplicity of the window walls and the resulting views of the landscape are refreshing.  The house in the landscape is always relating somehow to the hills or the tree line beyond. Image courtesy of John J. Macaulay.

Merit Award

Merit Award: TES Screenwall Capitol Heating and Power Plant in Madison, designed by KEE Architecture. Jury comments: This is an elegant and clever disguise, cloaking an otherwise mundane utility project.  You have to applaud the client in this instance. They could have done nothing, but instead [they] recognized the value that could be added to this project by great design. Image courtesy of Kristofer Nonn.

Merit Award

Merit Award: Mabel Cratty Hall at the George Williams College of Aurora University in Williams Bay, Wis., designed by HGA Architects and Engineers. Jury comments: The architect clearly recognized the historic features and worked with them to achieve the new objectives and changing uses of the facility.  The building has been rescued and is once again an important part of the fabric of the campus. Image courtesy of Darris Lee Harris Photography.

Merit Award

Merit Award: Clock Shadow Building in Milwaukee, designed by Continuum Architects + Planners. Jury comments: The integration of the community functions with the commercial functions is commendable. The very brilliant use of wood, like the salvaged wood sunscreens, immediately takes this project out of the ordinary. This is a radically sustainable and beautiful building. Image courtesy of Daniel Andera Photography.

Merit Award

Merit Award: Kirschstrasse Mixed-Use Residential Development in Gossau, Switzerland, designed by Gastrau Fuerer & Associates. Jury comments: The project is a very clever response to the context in terms of mass and scale, and the rhythm of the neighborhood. The splitting of the plan is brilliant because it keeps it in scale, and makes the space relationships very clear.  There is a wonderful dialogue between the two volumes, with very subtle moves that activate with the site. Image courtesy of Barbara Buhler.

Merit Award

Merit Award: University of Alberta Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science in Edmonton, Canada, designed by Flad Architects. Jury comments: The vertical skin with double-high spaces is elegant, filtering light into the whole interior area.  The exposed structure and detailing is quite handsome.  The active ’social centre,’ with its colorful terrazzo floor, is a nice unifying element that stitches together the various pathways through the building. Image courtesy of Hedrich Blessing Photography.

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