Coppin State University Wins American Institute of Architects Award

Published Monday, December 10th, 2012

Coppin State University Wins American Institute of Architects Award for the Design

Coppin State University was recently recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as the 2012 AIA Maryland Design winner for Public Building of the Year-Urban Design and Master Planning for the designing of the campus’ quad and café.

The architect was Cho Benn Holback and Associates, Inc.

The AIA Maryland Design Awards program recognizes excellence in architectural design by AIA Maryland architects worldwide and for AIA member work in Maryland. Built and unbuilt projects submitted by AIA members are judged on their merit by a distinguished jury of AIA architects. The annual AIA Maryland Design Awards program provides member architects an avenue for peer recognition and honors the architects, clients, and consultants who work together to improve the built environment.

With this program AIA Maryland hopes to encourage and recognize distinguished architectural achievement and raise public consciousness of the Architect’s role in shaping the quality of life through design excellence in the community, states the site.

In the comments, the judges stated that the “stark brick plaza located between the library, an academic/classroom building, and the blank rear wall of the student center is elegantly transformed into the center of a re-imagined campus. A thin, simple, and elegant café, added to the rear of the student center, re-orients the north side of the building to form the edge of the new quadrangle.” 

The judges add that “The jury recognizes this project as exemplary of the transformative power of architecture to improve the lives of those it touches.” 

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