2018 Best of Design Award for Education: Phoenix Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building, University of Arizona

Designers: CO Architects
Location: Phoenix

The Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building at the University of Arizona was designed by CO Architects to draw on an urban desert vernacular style. Inspired by the deep recesses of desert cliff dwellings, the building’s south-facing facade slopes and shifts as it rises ten stories above the vegetated canyon wash. Sectional carvings in the building’s mass create self-shaded conditions and mitigate solar exposure. Incisions are employed along an east–west orientation to provide indirect daylight while planometric undulations along the north and south facing elevations create overhangs. The building is dedicated to collaborative clinical and translational research, and the ground floor houses public spaces and provides access to an inner courtyard.

Honorable Mention

Project Name: Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center
Designers: Fong & Chan Architects
Location: San Francisco

Photo of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center by Fong and Chan Architects

2018 Best of Design Awards Honorable Mention for Healthcare: Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, Fong and Chan Architects (Courtesy Fung and Chan Architects)

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