ARO, KieranTimberlake, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam make shortlist for Washington University in St. Louis

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Washington University's campus. (Trevis Rothwell via Flickr)

Washington University’s campus. (Trevis Rothwell via Flickr)

Washington University in St. Louis on Monday announced the three finalists competing to design a new building for its Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.

The three teams vying to design Annabeth & John Weil Hall are: Architecture Research Office (ARO), KieranTimberlake, and Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects. The building is part of the university’s arts and architecture campus, a collection of limestone-clad structures ranging from Beaux Arts style structures dating to the St. Louis world’s fair of 1904 to more modern additions by Fumihiko Maki. The Sam Fox School campus is visually set apart from the university’s predominantly Collegiate Gothic Danforth Campus.

Maki's Steinberg Hall in 1960. (Courtesy Kemper Art Museum)

Maki’s Steinberg Hall in 1960. (Courtesy Kemper Art Museum)

No renderings or specific timelines are available yet, but a previous announcement of the project said the university aimed to complete construction within the next five years. The new building is part of the university’s 10–15 strategic “Design for Excellence” campus plan.

A New Urban Ground-View of Lower Manhattan. (Architecture Research Office and dlandstudio)

A New Urban Ground-View of Lower Manhattan. (Architecture Research Office and dlandstudio)

New York City–based ARO has designed academic buildings for universities including Tulane, Brown, and Princeton, as well as renovations to Donald Judd’s home and studio in Soho.

KieranTimberlake has worked with Yale, Rice, and Tulane universities. In the firm’s home base of Philadelphia, it has helped revamp Dilworth Park with architectural greenhouses serving as entrances to the city’s subway system.

Atlanta‘s Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects count among its higher education clients Yale, Carnegie Mellon, and Clemson universities, and the firm was shortlisted to design a new U.S. embassy in Beirut (that job ultimately went to Morphosis).

Sculpture Building and School of Art Gallery at Yale University (KieranTimberlake)

Sculpture Building and School of Art Gallery at Yale University (KieranTimberlake)

As part of the selection process, each firm will deliver a public presentation in Washington University’s Steinberg Auditorium, an early building by Maki dating to 1960 when he was a professor at the university. The event dates are:

Monday, March 23, 1:15p.m: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

Monday, March 23, 4p.m: KieranTimberlake

Tuesday, March 24, 1:15p.m: Architecture Research Office (ARO)

Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. (Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects)

Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. (Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects)

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