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McGee Pavilion earns architecture award
3/27/13

The Center for Architecture in New York has selected the McGee Pavilion at Alfred University for a merit award in the 2013 competition for design.

The new facility, designed by ikon.5 architects of Princeton, NJ, is an addition to Harder Hall and provides studio and gallery space for Alfred University's School of Art & Design.  It is “designed as large ceramic container for holding art and light,” according to the architects. Its exterior features unglazed “terra cotta tubes…suggestive of the ceramic vessels and art objects created within the School of Art & Design.

The McGee Pavilion, opened in the fall of 2011, houses the Robert C. Turner Gallery, as well as studios for video, sonic art, and interactive digital arts, including the experimental immersion space. There are also senior studios for ceramic arts, according to Leslie Bellavance, dean of the School of Art & Design.

The 19,000-square-foot addition was built with funding from New York State as a match for a gift from Trustee Marlin Miller ’54. The State University of New York Construction Fund managed the project.  The School of Art & Design is part of the statutory unit at Alfred University, meaning it was established by an act of the State Legislature and is still partially supported by state funds.

According to Architecture Daily, “hundreds of projects” were submitted by New York-based architects and firms for the annual competition for the 2013 AIANY (American Institute of Architects) New York  chapter awards. Forty-two were selected for “honor” or “merit” awards in four different categories: architecture, interiors, projects and urban planning.

All winning entries will be on display at a Center for Architecture exhibition from April 18-May 31.

A jury of 12 architects, landscape architects, educators, critics and planners reviewed the submissions for the awards, based on creation of “high-quality innovative buildings and spaces throughout the globe.” Entries were judged on design quality, response to context and community, program resolution, innovation, thoughtfulness and technique.