American University School of International Service -
William McDonough + Partners

  • exterior
  • atrium
  • exterior corner
  • sustainable strategies diagram
Status: Completed 2010.
Program: Classrooms, offices, student cafe, underground parking and a library expansion.
Role: As a design intern, my role included 3-d modeling and rendering, design studies (such as the metal shading devices and exterior pilasters), and diagrams.
Images credits: All photos by Carl Sterner. The sustainable strategies diagram (#4) is primarily my work; this image copyright William McDonough + Partners.

The following description is from William McDonough + Partners' website. For more information on this project, please visit their website, here.

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 LEED Gold certified building provides a vibrant setting for teaching, research and public dialogue. 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. 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.

Cradle to Cradle Certified products include Shaw Industries carpeting and MechoShade window treatments.

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