Ed LaCasse

This LEED Gold–certified project includes two new, interconnected buildings and the renovation of an existing subterranean library for the Foster School of Business. The project succeeds in coexisting with the historic buildings on campus while espousing the university’s contemporary architectural goals of integrating social, pedagogical, and natural environments. A four-story daylit atrium runs the length of the building and serves as a social hub. A series of interconnected common spaces host impromptu gatherings, programs, and special events.

Jury: “The project has a beautiful quality of porosity and openness, connecting inside with the rich natural environment of the University of Washington and the various levels of a complex institutional program within.”

Client: “The architects nailed it in making the building an inviting place where students, faculty, and staff gather and interact in many different ways. Our building is working wonderfully, and it is arguably the most popular building on campus among students.” —Roland E. (Pete) Dukes, professor of accounting

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