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Knowlton Hall Wins Prestigious Architecture Award

Kowlton HallWinner of an Architecture Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects, Knowlton Hall is a 165,000-square-foot facility that is home to the three disciplines that make up the Knowlton School of Architecture — architecture, landscape architecture,

Knowlton Hall, home of the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture, received an Architecture Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The award is the profession’s highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in architecture, interior architecture and urban design. The building was designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects of Atlanta in collaboration with WSA Studio of Columbus.

Of more than 700 submissions from around the world, Knowlton Hall was chosen to be one of the 28 award winners. The building, dedicated in 2004, design reflects the school’s mission of excellence in education, innovation in design and planning, and the stewardship of a quality environment.

A member of the award jury commented: “What architect would not have liked to have gone to school here? This project embodies everything I would want in an architecture building. It is full of unique spaces, an open flexible hall that beckons people to participate, and seems to have surprises around every corner. ‘Our buildings shape us,’ as (Winston) Churchill said, and to have future generations of architects learn and grow as designers within an inspiring building such as this… is exhilarating.”

Other firms involved in the Knowlton building were Michael Van Valkenburg Associates, landscape architect; Shelly Metz Baumann Hawk, structural engineer; HAWA Consulting Engineers, mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineer; Bird + Bull, civil engineer; and P.J. Dick Inc., general contractor.

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