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We Must Decarbonize Existing Buildings by 2050—but How?

Sustainability Director Allison Wilson is included in an article explaining how and why deep energy retrofits are crucial to curb carbon emissions.
10.10.22 / Press

Yahentamitsi dining hall’s new mural shows Piscataway people’s values around food, culture

The art in Yahentamitsi dining hall tells the story of the Piscataway people through their voice and vision. Once the university decided what to name the dining hall, staff worked with Piscataway elders and the design team at Ayers Saint Gross, a design firm that creates places for shared knowledge and culture, to design it.
10.10.22 / Press

Feature stair at the Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center at the University of Maryland

Ayers Saint Gross Ranks among the Top Five Architecture Firms for University Work

Ayers Saint Gross ranked among the top five university architecture firms in the country on the Building Design+Construction 2022 Giants 400 Report, which is based on 2021 revenue.
9.30.22 / Announcements

Breaking New Ground

The University of Tennessee Knoxville is poised to begin construction on the Croley Nursing Building, a brand-new facility that will create educational opportunities and fill a vital need for more nurses in Tennessee and beyond.
9.12.22 / Press

Coppin Hopes to Build New Residence Halls, Auditorium

Coppin State University’s proposed facilities master plan includes visions for three new residence halls and a new auditorium, as well as a number of new or renovated student spaces, athletic facilities and outdoor areas — projects that will cost close to $600 million in total over the next 10 years.
9.07.22 / Press

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Missouri Botanical Garden to open new visitors center focused on plant diversity

Missouri Botanical Garden guests will soon be treated to a new $94 million visitors center inspired by native plants and foliage. The Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center will open its doors to the public at a grand opening ceremony Saturday with free admission all weekend. The 94,000-square-foot center features a new lobby, an expanded gift shop, ticketing station, auditorium, meeting rooms and updated restaurant.
9.01.22 / Press

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Missouri Botanical Garden will debut $100 million visitor center this weekend

“Wow.” Missouri Botanical Garden president Peter Wyse Jackson says he heard the word over and over from donors and employees at preview parties this week for the new, $100 million Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center. “People weren’t just saying it,” said Wyse Jackson. “It was the whole sense of place. Their garden has been enhanced and strengthened, because it fits so well into the garden’s landscape.”
8.25.22 / Press

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Construction to begin on below-market apartments that will triple graduate student housing capacity

UC Berkeley is taking another step forward in addressing the crisis of available and affordable housing for current students. Construction will begin later this month on the Albany Village Graduate Student Apartments, a community that will be across the street from the existing University Village family housing in the city of Albany, about three miles from campus.
8.22.22 / Press

A view of the cliffs and canyons of Wadi AlFann

Ayers Saint Gross Completes Master Plan for Wadi AlFann

Ayers Saint Gross has played a pivotal role in the development of Wadi AlFann (Valley of the Arts), a permanent desert art venue that will be located in AlUla in Saudi Arabia. The site was commissioned by the Royal Commission for AlUla and is envisioned to be a global destination where visitors can experience monumental works of land art.
8.12.22 / Announcements

Celebrating and Connecting at Collaboration Day 2022

At Ayers Saint Gross, we pride ourselves on our collaboration and interdisciplinary practice. For that reason, we gather annually for a Collaboration Day event during which we can take a break from projects, get to know one another, share ideas, and have fun.
8.10.22 / Announcements

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Inside CWRU’s LEED Certified Fribley Commons

At Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, a $19 million renovation has put Fribley Commons squarely back on the campus dining map. A few things that set Fribley apart in terms of design and layout include innovative ventilation solutions that helped the building earn LEED Silver certification, a labor-efficient platform supporting multiple stations and a station with a focus on plant-based menu items.
8.01.22 / Press

Smithsonian picks four potential spots for women’s and Latino museums

The institution hired the Baltimore design firm Ayers Saint Gross to analyze the sites based on six criteria: the symbolism of the location, existing site conditions, access to transportation, environmental factors, cost and the challenges of acquiring the site.
6.23.22 / Press

Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Announces Plans for a Second Location

Ayers Saint Gross will lead the planning and design efforts for the second location of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, which offers children with serious illnesses free year-round camp programming.
6.03.22 / Announcements

Architect Shannon Dowling Publishes SCUP Research

Architect and Space Analyst Shannon Dowling recently published a Society of College and University Planning (SCUP) Fellow Research Project Final Project entitled, "The Planning and Design of Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Campus Environments."
6.01.22 / Announcements

Amber Wendland leads an engagement session for the Harlem Park Master Plan

Rebuilding a Village, Voice by Voice

For Amber Wendland, great design and planning starts with the voices of a community.
5.27.22 / Press

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Pimlico Redevelopment Poised to Start in Late Summer of 2023

The design concept by the Ayers Saint Gross architect firm includes rotating the track by 30 degrees. "The reason for doing that is ... because when you turn the track, (land becomes) available. We build roads around it and get utilities to it. So, it becomes much more desirable parcels for community development," said Glenn Birx, vice president of Ayers Saint Gross.
5.13.22 / Press

Main entrance of Durham Hall at Arizona State University

Hailing a Reborn Hall

The three-year, $65 million project has transformed the old Language and Literature Building from an eyesore outside and what Berman called a “health hazard” inside to a sleek, light-filled, state-of-the-art facility able to hold its head alongside the campus’ newest additions.
4.29.22 / Press

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Clark breaks ground on the Center for Media Arts, Computing, and Design

Clark University today broke ground on the Center for Media Arts, Computing, and Design, the planned home for the Becker School of Design & Technology, the Department of Computer Science, and programs within the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.
4.28.22 / Press

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Well Served at Fribley Commons

As evidenced by a doubling in daily visitations from two years ago, the student body of Case Western Reserve University is making good use of the newly renovated and expanded Fribley Commons, located in the South Residential Village area of the CWRU campus.
4.19.22 / Press

Image of the 21 employees who were promoted in 2022

Announcing 2022 Promotions

At Ayers Saint Gross, we know that everything we achieve is a result of our creative and hard-working team. We are grateful to all of our employee-owners for sharing their dedication and talent to help us grow and push forward.
4.06.22 / Announcements

AIA Announces 2022 Young Architects Award Winners

Ayers Saint Gross architects Elizabeth McLean and Allison Wilson each received the 2022 AIA Young Architects Award. The prestigious award honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers.
3.17.22 / Press

Exterior view of new plaza at the Arizona State University Hayden Library Reinvention

Designing for Community: Ayers Saint Gross on Inclusive Planning and Shared Ownership

Architecture and planning centers on human experience and bringing people together. Few firms have structured their office around these ideas like Ayers Saint Gross.
3.14.22 / Press

Smithsonian narrows site search for two new museums

Museum leaders updated the National Capital Planning Commission this month as they evaluate sites that could potentially host two museums — the National Museum of the American Latino and the American Women’s History Museum.
3.11.22 / Press

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New interdisciplinary building at Clark will be a hub for innovation and collaboration

Plans for a new interdisciplinary academic building on the Clark University campus are progressing.
2.18.22 / Press

Rising Risks: The race to save America’s treasures from climate change

CNBC’s Diana Olick joins Shep Smith to report on the impact climate change could have on America’s museums, where priceless American artifacts are housed.
2.16.22 / Press

Planning + Design for Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Campus Learning Environments

Associate Principal Shannon Dowling presented her research surrounding diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environments as part of a webinar hosted by Indiana University's Mosaic Initiative.
2.12.22 / Press

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Get a behind-the-scenes construction tour of the visitor center at Missouri Botanical Garden

The new $100 million Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center project at the Missouri Botanical Garden continues, and construction of the main entrance should be finished by the end of summer, with the event center completed by the end of this year.
1.26.22 / Press

Johns Hopkins begins construction of $400 million addition to its East Baltimore medical campus

With little fanfare, the Johns Hopkins Health System has begun construction of a $400 million addition to its East Baltimore medical campus, the largest project to get underway there since the Sheikh Zayed Tower and Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center opened in 2012.
12.21.21 / Press

A street-level rendering of Wake Forest School of Medicine from realigned Baxter Street

Most anticipated Charlotte developments breaking ground in 2022

There are a handful of major developments set to break ground in the coming year that will change what Charlotte looks like. We’ve rounded up the biggest ones here.
12.09.21 / Press

Building exterior and courtyard at the Conway School of Nursing

Catholic University breaks ground for new nursing and sciences building

As part of Catholic University’s commitment to sustainability and healthy workplaces, the University is seeking LEED gold environmental certification for the construction, as well as silver certification as a WELL building. WELL certification means a structure is built to enhance the users’ physical, emotional, and mental health.
12.08.21 / Press

Rendering of the Charlotte Knowledge Community central plaza

Atrium Health details plans for $1.5 billion ‘innovation district’ around med school

Atrium Health provided new details Tuesday on plans for its billion-dollar “innovation district” surrounding the city’s future medical school, including the hospital system’s request for $75 million from the city and county. Plans for the district include a mix of research facilities, residential buildings and retail shops surrounding the med school.
11.09.21 / Press

TCCS begins planning for 7C-wide student center

The Claremont Colleges Services is planning a consortium-wide student center, and it’s looking for community members’ input as the process gets underway. Representatives from TCCS and its consultant for the project, architecture firm Ayers Saint Gross, were on campus this week to hear from students, faculty and staff through a series of open workshops and focus groups.
10.28.21 / Press

Provost’s Office announces creation of a classroom master plan

To support Purdue University’s world-class educational environment, enrollment growth and the Transformative Education 2.0 initiative in Purdue's Next Moves, the Office of the Provost is embarking on a campuswide classroom master plan.
10.22.21 / Press

Architecture 2030 and Building Industry Leaders Call on World Governments to Lead on Climate

More than 60 of the largest and most influential international architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, planning, and construction firms issued a Communiqué to government leaders headed to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 26) challenging them to step up their emissions reduction targets for the built environment.
10.06.21 / Press

$150 million, seven-year renovation of Stevenson Center and ‘Historic Core’ buildings in progress

John Geer, dean of the College of Arts and Science (A&S), announced plans for an intensive renovation of the Stevenson Center and the “Historic Core.” The renovation will span seven years with a budget of $150 million and the main goal of creating more accessible, inclusive and collaborative places to learn.
9.16.21 / Press

ENR Top 100 Green Design Firms and Contractors: Green Market Growth Stunted

The pandemic has accelerated clients’ willingness and interest in sustainable structures, says [Allison Wilson, sustainability director at Ayers Saint Gross]. “The crisis continues to highlight that the built environment must support our health and well-being, and clients are increasingly interested in quantifying how spaces support human health,” she says.
9.15.21 / Press

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What Makes Architecture Excellent Today?

For many design professionals, architecture is more than the final product. It is a language, a process of creating spaces for people, and a representation of what we value as a culture. What is good and appropriate in one context may not work in another.
9.14.21 / Press

Wanted: leaders with ‘stamina’ as Smithsonian tackles the creation of two new museums in Washington, DC

The architectural engineering firm Ayers Saint Gross, reporting to the board, will evaluate criteria such as environmental impact, pedestrian flow, proximity to transportation like Washington’s Metro system and potential threats like the rushing groundwater that added tens of millions of dollars to the cost of the African American museum’s foundation.
9.02.21 / Press

Exterior dusk fall rendering of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute for Johns Hopkins...

Pardon our Progress: Johns Hopkins kicks off major construction projects at Homewood

Johns Hopkins broke ground on two major Homewood campus construction projects this month—the Hopkins Student Center on the east side of campus and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute building on the west side.
8.25.21 / Press

The Design of Learning Spaces with Shannon Dowling – Architect at Ayers Saint Gross

Shannon Dowling is an architect with a design focus on creating research-driven, student-centered learning environments at Ayers Saint Gross. She joins Mike Palmer on this episode to talk about trends in the design of learning spaces for higher ed and beyond.
7.19.21 / Press

Exterior view of the façade of Greensboro Hall at Ringling College of Art and Design in daytime

Greensboro Hall: Building Community for First-Year Students

Senior student Tamara Marshall, a resident assistant for the fifth floor, absolutely loves living in the new hall. “I don’t really have expectations when I wander into things, so I didn’t know what to expect, but I was shocked! I love the study rooms and comfy couches. The design is really good.” She went on to express that not only were the suites designed with creatives in mind, but also young adults.
7.12.21 / Press

Promising Plan, Huge Challenge: A Harlem Park Renaissance in West Baltimore

Amber Wendland, senior planner, led the team that researched the history, gathered community input and proposed ideas. It’s an exciting and promising plan that acknowledges the significant historic and contemporary market obstacles King and his collaborators face as they work toward a Harlem Park renaissance. But it also recognizes opportunity — even in the legacy of 1960s urban renewal.
7.09.21 / Press

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Howard Community College plots $102M building to house math, athletics programs

Howard Community College is erecting a new $102 million building on its Columbia campus to replace a pair of aging facilities. The college recently broke ground on its new Mathematics and Athletics Complex. Construction on the "fused" facility, which will serve as a home to the school's math and athletics programs, will begin later this summer and is expected to conclude in fall 2024.
6.23.21 / Press

Selling Alcohol in Baltimore Grocery Stores

Architect and Urban Planner at Ayers Saint Gross, Amber Wendland, discusses the recent push from two former mayoral candidates to allow grocery stores to sell wine and beer in an effort to improve food deserts in Baltimore.
6.08.21 / Press

Street view of Alfond Commons at Colby College

34 Years Transforming the Student Experience: Principal Eric Moss Retires

Architect and Principal Eric Moss’ work has shown how architecture can elevate experience and embody mission. After a 34-year career at Ayers Saint Gross, Eric is retiring from the firm in June of 2021.
5.27.21 / Announcements

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AIA/ALA announces 2021 Library Building Award Winners

Today, The American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association announced the 2021 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards winners, honoring five libraries in the United States that exemplify "design achievement, including a sense of place, purpose, ecology, environmental sustainability, and of history," according to an AIA press release.
5.14.21 / Awards

Park Heights poised to win big under Pimlico redevelopment plans

The Park Heights neighborhood is set to win big with the redevelopment of Pimlico Race Course. The sounds of Pimlico coming to life reaches deep into the neighborhoods surrounding the track. Residents who live near the racecourse, like Tony Roberts, are able to cash in on the crowds.
5.10.21 / Press

Ayers Saint Gross selected as Just Organization of the Year

The Living Future Institute selected Ayers Saint Gross as the first-ever Just organization of the year, based on its efforts to manifest social equity in their actions, with significant inclusion and engagement results.
5.05.21 / Awards

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Hayden Library Reinvention Wins 2021 AIA COTE Top Ten

The design team and university community shared a vision that Hayden Library needed to transform from a warehouse of books into a place for people while simultaneously celebrating the building’s historic legacy.
4.22.21 / Awards

The Pandemic May Have Permanently Altered Campuses. Here’s How.

As colleges navigate difficult financial straits, many predict more public-private partnerships and renovations instead of new construction.
4.07.21 / Press

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Announcing 2021 Promotions

As a resilient, employee-owned design firm, Ayers Saint Gross is always looking toward the future. We embrace change, overcome obstacles, and grow together.
3.30.21 / Announcements

Atrium reveals where Charlotte’s first four-year medical school will call home

The new medical school has ambitious plans to transform the local economy, health care innovation, and become an iconic part of the skyline.
3.27.21 / Announcements

Central atrium of the Morgan Business Center at Morgan State University

10 libraries and reading spaces we like this week

The Archinect staff scoured Pinterest to find their current favorite libraries and reading spaces.
3.26.21 / Press

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Ayers Saint Gross Selected to Design New Preakness Stakes

This week, after reviewing proposals from 10 design teams, the state of Maryland selected Baltimore’s Ayers Saint Gross to lead a team that will design a new home for the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, the second leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.
2.25.21 / Press

Building exterior and courtyard at the Conway School of Nursing

CatholicU chooses Clark Construction Group to build nursing school

Clark will partner with an all-star design combination of Ayers Saint Gross and Robert A. M. Stern Architects to build the facility.
2.15.21 / Press

Exterior rending of 100 Forge for Boylston Properties with the river in the foreground.

Lab going up ‘on spec’ at Watertown’s Arsenal Yards

Construction has begun on a 165,600-square-foot lab building at Arsenal Yards in Watertown, a mixed-use project by Boylston Properties to revamp the former Arsenal Mall.
1.29.21 / Press

Learn more about the Cortex Innovation Community

The Cortex Innovation Community is a vibrant, 200-acre hub of business, innovation, and technology integrated into St. Louis' historic Central West End and Forest Park Southeast neighborhoods.
1.14.21 / Press

New facilities plan aims to improve the Quinnipiac student experience

Quinnipiac University announced its 10-year master facilities plan, which aims to bring changes to residence halls and academic buildings, create open spaces, and connect the three campuses.
1.13.21 / Press

University of Maryland emphasizes diversity in naming new residence halls

Whittle-Johnson Hall and Pyon-Chen Hall are being named for students who helped diversify the university's student body.
12.22.20 / Press

Renovated front facade of Bryan Hall at Washington University in St. Louis

Awards: 2020 in Review

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone. While these challenges are never far from our minds, as the year draws to a close, we look too for moments of celebration. This year, Ayers Saint Gross projects were honored with more than 27 design awards, including 11 from the AIA and 4 from the ASLA.
12.17.20 / Awards

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