Signaling a new era in design education, the Center for Art, Architecture, and Design Education focuses on purposeful shifts towards a better way of educating. By using the architecture to unite diverse groups meaningfully, the Sam Fox School hopes to better prepare graduates for the future ahead.
Studio spaces and faculty spaces are grouped separately to allow for the development of ideas before they are brought together. Within these groups are a subset of smaller groups. These smaller groups are composed of each students’ or faculties’ work space and one pocket space. The pocket spaces are flexible spaces that promote small scale meetings, relaxation, and discovery. The varying scales of interaction are meant to promote the development of ideas from a thought, to a finished work.
The form of the building has been manipulated to minimize the energy requirements for cooling and heating, while still acknowledging the context of the campus around it.
- This was an entrant in the International 2012 Steedman Traveling Fellowship Competition.