Washington, D.C. – June 2, 2011 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has selected 13 educational and cultural facilities for this year’s CAE Educational Facility Design Awards. The purpose of the design awards program is to identify trends and emerging ideas, honor excellence in planning and design, and disseminate knowledge about best practices in educational and community facilities.
The Center for Jefferson Fellows, The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Through its rich interplay of spaces, the Center is designed to facilitate conversation, study, research and learning — vital components of an intellectual community. It is meant to act as a source of inspiration, a place of interaction, and a locus for the exchange of ideas. Abundant windows and clerestory glazing daylight all of the building’s spaces as well as offer transparency to the courtyard and the additional wings so that Fellows are aware of their colleagues and can engage them in conversation or gain momentum for their own scholarship.