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American University School of International Service / William McDonough + Partners and Quinn Evans | Architects

  • Architects: William McDonough + Partners and Quinn Evans | Architects
  • Location: American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20016, USA
  • Architects: William McDonough + Partners and Quinn Evans|Architects
  • Design Mechanical Engineer: Taylor Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineer Of Record: GHT Limited
  • Structural Engineer: McMullan Associates
  • Civil Engineer: Delon Hampton & Associates
  • Daylighting Consultant: Loisos + Ubbelohde Associates
  • Leed Consultant: Sustainable Design Consulting
  • Fire Code And Suppression Consultant: PEG
  • General Contractor: Whiting-Turner
  • Client: American University
  • Area: 75000.0 ft2
  • Photographs: Prakash Patel/William McDonough + Partners

© Prakash Patel/William McDonough + Partners © Prakash Patel/William McDonough + Partners © Prakash Patel/William McDonough + Partners © Prakash Patel/William McDonough + Partners

From the architect. How can we design a building that inspires students to dream? This charge— articulated by the dean of the country’s largest foreign service program— guided the design team for this new building on the American University campus.  Serving as a symbol of the school’s tradition of global service, the anticipated LEED Gold certified building provides a vibrant setting for teaching, research and public dialogue.

© Prakash Patel/William McDonough + Partners
© Prakash Patel/William McDonough + Partners

Design strategies, including on-site generation of renewable energy, Cradle to Cradle material specifications, and abundant fresh air and daylight, were developed and prioritized in close collaboration with the School’s students, faculty and staff to serve as pedagogical tools capable of demonstrating the highest degrees of environmental responsibility.

© Prakash Patel/William McDonough + Partners
© Prakash Patel/William McDonough + Partners

The sunlit atrium provides a welcome meeting place for the School and its visitors as they work towards social justice, the eradication of poverty, and world peace. Global connections are celebrated on the building exterior as well, where the pattern of the perforated frieze is inspired by the Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion map of the world.

© Prakash Patel/William McDonough + Partners
© Prakash Patel/William McDonough + Partners
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