Tom Chung, Ashley Rao and Juliet Chun to lead workshop at AN Facades+
"Living Building Challenge and Beyond: Strategies for Deep Green Envelopes"

Principal Tom Chung FAIA LEED AP BD+C, Senior Associate Ashley Rao AIA LEED AP, CPHC and Associate Juliet Chun AIA will be hosting a workshop “Living Building Challenge and Beyond: Strategies for Deep Green Envelopes” at The Architect’s Newspaper Facades+ Boston Conference on June 7 from 1:30EST.

Learn more and register here: https://facadesplus.com/boston/agenda/

Adohi Hall and Anonymous Hall receive 2022 Chicago Athenaeum Green Good Design Awards

The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design has announced the winners of  2022 Green GOOD DESIGN® Awards for Adohi Hall University of Arkansas and Anonymous Hall Dartmouth College. These projects were selected among 160 products and projects around the world.

“Now in turn and in 2022, GREEN GOOD DESIGN‘s goal is to bestow international recognition to those outstanding individuals, companies, organizations, governments, and institutions – together with their products, services, programs, ideas, and concepts-that have forwarded exceptional thinking and inspired greater progress toward a more healthier and more sustainable universe.” 

Adohi Hall:

Adohi Hall, a 708-bed, 200,000sf student housing complex at the University of Arkansas, demonstrates a pioneering use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) and an innovative approach to live-learn communities, with embedded arts and academic spaces. Upon its completion in August 2019, it was the largest CLT building in the US, supporting the economic potential of Arkansas’ burgeoning timber industry.

Anonymous Hall:

This project reuses and adds to a vacant library in the heart of the medical school quad, transforming it into a vibrant administrative and social center for the School of Graduate Studies and for the north campus as a whole. Located at the heart of 1960s era buildings on the school’s siloed north campus, the 32,995sf Anonymous Hall project — as well as new entrances for its surrounding buildings, a wide pedestrian bridge, and new circulation between buildings — transforms an overlooked corner of campus into a well-scaled, inviting north quad as well as an accessible, seamless link to the historic green and main campus shared with undergraduate sciences.

Learn more: www.europeanarch.eu


Principal Tom Chung served on the 2022 Wood Design & Building Awards Jury

“Wood Design & Building magazine announces the winning projects of the 38th annual Wood Design & Building Awards program. The influential awards program recognizes and celebrates the outstanding work of visionaries around the world who achieve excellence in wood architecture.

Wood Design & Building magazine and the Canadian Wood Council extend their appreciation to all participants in the 2021/22 awards program and thank both the program’s sponsors for their ongoing support, and the esteemed members of the jury for their time and expertise. The members of this year’s jury are: • Marie-Odile Marceau, Principal at McFarland Marceau Architects • Donald Chong, Design Principal at HDR • Tom Chung, Principal at Leers Weinzapfel Associates” – Wood Design & Building Press Release


Principal Tom Chung accepts the ACSA Mass Timber Education Prize!
Principal Tom Chung FAIA LEED AP BD+C will be accepting the ACSA Mass Timber Education Prize on May 19th at the ACSA 110th Annual Meeting Virtual Conference Empower.

Tom S. Chung, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Mass Timber has tremendous potential to address issues of climate change, disrupt outdated construction processes and create unique spaces that promote user well-being. We investigate these potentials through research and apply them in a design project. Studio travel thru New England gives students direct exposure to all major elements of Mass Timber architecture:

  • Sustainable forestry and tree harvesting
  • Softwood Lumber yard and production of laminates for Mass Timber
  • Digital fabrication technology and CNC machinery
  • Prefabrication and Assembly line optimization of building components
  • Testing & Research of Mass Timber building products
  • Exemplary works of Mass Timber architecture in New England

Studio begins with analysis of mass timber precedents, each selected for a specific creative approach. This exercise equips the studio with a wide catalog of references for inspiration and approach to mass timber design, tectonics, details, construction and spatial quality. Students are then tasked with “inventing” their own mass timber panel, beyond available products such as CLT, NLT, DLT & MPP to investigate mass timber’s architectural and structural potential regarding material reuse, efficiency, systems integration and aesthetics & spatial quality. Studio culminates in a semester long design project, a synthesis of their research, analysis and explorations of mass timber.

Adohi Hall at University of Arkansas & Harvard University District Energy Facility Finalists for Architizer A+ Awards
Adohi Hall was selected as one of five projects in the world for the Architecture + Collaboration category. Harvard University District Energy Facility was selected among five projects in the world for the Factories + Warehouses Category and Architecture + Photography & Video Category.

Architizer’s core mission is to Empower Architects by connecting designers with building-product manufacturers, and via inspiring content, awards programs, competitions and global reach spotlighting the world’s best architecture.

The Architizer A+Awards is the largest awards program focused on promoting and celebrating the year’s best architecture. Its mission is to nurture the appreciation of meaningful design in the world and champion its potential for a positive impact on everyday life. They share the world’s best architecture with a global audience of 400+ million.

Finalists and Winners are chosen by an illustrious jury including such industry leaders as Julie Eizenberg, Suchi Reddy, Germane Barnes, Irene Osei-Poku and Fermin Tribaldos, as well as luminaries from beyond architecture like Karim Rashid (Karim Rashid), Yves Behar (Fuseproject), David Rockwell (Rockwell Group), and Aric Chen (Design Miami).

Learn more and vote for our projects for the “People’s Choice Award” here: https://www.architizerawards.com/a/page/vote-now

BPL Roslindale Library is honored at the Preservation Massachusetts Award Ceremony

Leers Weinzapfel Associates celebrated the Roslindale Library receiving the Preservation Massachusetts Mayor Thomas M. Menino Legacy Award!

The recently completed renovation of the Boston Public Library – Roslindale Branch preserves the essence of a historic 1960s community library while transforming it to embrace the needs of the 21st century. As both a “community living room” and an “information hub”, this restoration serves as a vibrant piece of the city, restoring the old structure and celebrating the new.

2022 AIA Education Facility Design Award honors John W. Olver Design Building

The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has recognized the John W. Olver Design Building with the 2022 Education Facility Design Award, Award of Excellence for its state-of-the-art design of schools and learning centers.

In order to be eligible for AIA’s Awards of Excellence, the architect must demonstrate exemplary practice. Additionally, the design must meet a host of criteria, including enhancing learning in classrooms; balancing function with aesthetics; establishing a connection with the environment; being respectful of the surrounding community; demonstrating high-level planning in the design process; and integrating sustainability in a holistic fashion.

The Olver Design Building, a new collaborative facility at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, unites three design departments from different schools under one roof. In doing so, the building fosters new synergy across the disciplines of architecture, building and construction technology, and landscape architecture on the university’s flagship western Massachusetts campus.

“This first-of-its-kind building combines architecture, construction, and building systems to serve as a learning element for students. While programmatically straightforward, the project is unique and well-executed.” – Jury comment

Learn more about the John W. Olver Design Building here:

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Roslindale Library receives Preservation Massachusetts Mayor Thomas M. Menino Legacy Award

The recently completed renovation of the Boston Public Library – Roslindale Branch preserves the essence of a historic 1960s community library while transforming it to embrace the needs of the 21st century. As both a “community living room” and an “information hub”, this restoration serves as a vibrant piece of the city, restoring the old structure and celebrating the new.

See spotlight video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyR_xn7Wv_0

Learn more about the Boston Public Library Roslindale Branch here: https://www.lwa-architects.com/project/roslindale-library/

Learning by Design Features WIlliams College Davis Center
Pursuing Living Building Challenge Petal Certification

For more than three decades, the Davis Center has been the physical, intellectual, and programmatic heart of campus-wide efforts to build inclusive community on Williams’ campus.   The reimagined 26,350 sf Davis Center encompasses a major new addition, as well comprehensive renovations of the beloved Rice and Jenness Houses, creating a center with universal access and increased space to accommodate Minority Coalition (MinCo) student gatherings, meetings, dialogue, classes, socializing, and studying.


Learn more about the Davis Center project here: https://www.lwa-architects.com/project/davis-center/

Read article here: https://www.learningbydesignmagazine.com/pursuing-living-building-challenge-petal-certification