2011 Recipient | AIA Housing Awards

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Northeastern University Building F | Notes of Interest

As the sixth building designed by the firm for Northeastern's new West Campus, this 140,000 square foot mixed-use building completes the build-out of the 1.2 million square foot Master Plan.

The building reinforces the university’s academic mission and commitment to creating a new mixed-use sector of campus. Creating a vibrant, high-density environment that is active at all hours of the day, the building embodies the spirit of “living & learning.” It includes three significant components: Freshman Honors Housing, a Cultural Center, and an Academic Center.

The Honors Housing, with 230 beds in six-person apartments, celebrates academic excellence at the heart of this new mixed-use precinct. A two-story, four-part lounge (including Lounge, Study Room, Laundry, and Study Nook) encourages interaction among residents while simultaneously offering places for group/individual study. The Honors Program offices occupy a prominent ground-floor location at the front door to the Honors Housing.

The Cultural Center, located on the lower two floors, celebrates academic diversity and outreach. Together with the building’s residential and academic spaces, it makes the building a hub of student life.

The Academic Center complements the Honors Housing, helping the university achieve its goal of strengthening the Honors community. It includes seven classrooms (300 seats total) and a 270-seat auditorium. The Academic Center anchors the lower three floors to the central pedestrian promenade of the West Campus.

Additional Credits

  • Associate Firm: Stull and Lee, Inc. Architecture and Planning
  • Engineer, MEP/FP: Cosentini Associates, Inc.
  • Engineer, Structural: LeMessurier Consultants, Inc.
  • General Contractor: Turner Construction Company
  • Landscape Architect: Pressley Associates, Inc.
  • Lighting: Ripman Lighting Consultants
  • Photo Credit: © Alan Karchmer

Northeastern University Building F

Jury Comments

The design responds so well to the site, both in terms of the relationship to the rest of the campus and to the orientation to wind and light.

I appreciate that the students are protected from the brutal winters by the clever circulation within the plan.

The use of materials and natural light creates a unique residential experience in a healthy and environmentally conscious environment.

2011 AIA Housing Awards Jury

  • Katherine Austin, AIA, Chair
  • Katherine Austin Architect
  • Sebastopol, Calif.
  • Claire Conroy
  • Residential Architecture Magazine
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Mike Jackson, FAIA
  • Historical Preservation Agency
  • State of Illinois
  • Springfield, Ill.
  • Luis Jauregui, AIA
  • Jaurequi, Inc.
  • Austin, Tex.
  • Marilys Nepomechie, FAIA
  • Florida International University Miami
  • Coconut Grove, Fla.

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