Three Enter, One Wins

University of Illinois at Chicago selects high-profile finalists for new building

Architecture Midwest News
The renovated Douglas Hall at the University of Illinois at Chicago (Courtesy ASAHP)
The renovated Douglas Hall at the University of Illinois at Chicago (Courtesy ASAHP)

The University of Illinois at Chicago has revealed the names of the three finalist teams competing to design a new Center for the Arts on campus. The three teams are JohnstonMarklee and UrbanWorks, Morphosis and STL, and OMA and Koo Architecture. All teams include a local partner firm.

The new building will be an 88,000-square-foot performing arts center with a 500-seat concert hall, 270-seat theater, and various support spaces. It will sit on what is now the empty Harrison Field.

The original campus for the school was designed by Walter Netsch and a team from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

The three winning teams were selected from a pool of 36, and they will now work on a preliminary design that will be presented in April when the ultimate winner will be selected.

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