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Earl Purdue, AIA, Retires After 36 years

Earl Purdue, longtime leader of our health sciences studio, is retiring from the firm after more than three decades of service.
6.18.24 / Announcements

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Why Some Innovation Districts Flourish While Others Fail

Innovation districts can attract and develop talent, nurture startups, create economic opportunities, and address societal challenges in health, climate, and equity. Ayers Saint Gross planned districts, including The Pearl and Cortex Innovation Community, are included in this report on how innovation districts can be successful.
6.03.24 / Press

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Ayers Saint Gross designs new Charlotte innovation district

Ayers Saint Gross has shared renderings of its new design in Charlotte, NC. The project is part of The Pearl; a planned innovation district that will total three million square feet at its full buildout and is intended to aid the Wake Forest School of Medicine’s expansion and become a new civic hub for Charlotte.
5.30.24 / Press

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Celebrating National Nurses Week

Our National Nurses Week newsletter highlights some of our recent and ongoing nursing and health sciences projects at the University of Central Florida, Duke University, Hofstra University, and more.
5.10.24 / Announcements

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Karen Bastidas Wins IIDA MAC Emerging Leader Champion Award

Ayers Saint Gross interior designer Karen Bastidas, an associate in our interior design studio, was recognized as an IIDA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Emerging Leader Champion during the chapter's Premiere Design Awards event on May 1.
5.08.24 / Announcements

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Engage, Create, Enrich Newsletter: Spring 2024

Our Spring 2024 Engage, Create, Enrich newsletter highlights some of our recent and ongoing projects, including The Howard R. Levine Center for Education, 100 Forge, and Cunniffe Commons at the Ringling College of Art and Design.
5.01.24 / Announcements

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Laura Wheaton Wins AIA Young Architects Award

Ayers Saint Gross architect and planner Laura Wheaton has been awarded a 2024 AIA Young Architects Award, which honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers.
4.02.24 / Awards

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Ayers Saint Gross Projects Honored with IIDA Southwest Design Awards

The Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden was named Best in Show, the highest recognition of the night, and earned a design excellence award. Frisco Landing at the University of North Texas at Frisco received an award of merit.
4.01.24 / Awards

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Belonging and Inclusion: An Interview with Shannon Dowling

Principal Shannon Dowling speaks to associate architect Caitlin Brady about how higher education design can promote belonging on campus for both an article and Architectette podcast episode.
3.08.24 / Press

Housing, Athletic Village, and Riverfront Projects? BSU Master Plan Process Takes Off

Boise State’s future for the next few years could soon come into focus. The university has hired Ayers Saint Gross and The Land Group to help craft its updated master plan. Ayers Saint Gross also created the previous master plan in 2015, according to ASG Project Manager Carolyn Krall.
2.28.24 / Press

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Ayers Saint Gross Ranked Third for Museum Architecture Firms

Ayers Saint Gross was recently ranked as number 3 on the Top 70 Museum Architecture Firms for the year on the Building Design + Construction 2023 Giants 400 Report.
2.21.24 / Announcements

Ayers Saint Gross Welcomes Michael Nicolaus and Rainey Hufstetler

Ayers Saint Gross is pleased to welcome two new industry leaders to our growing team, with expertise in the fields of innovation district and STEM research.
2.15.24 / Announcements

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Looking Forward: Announcing 2024 Promotions

At Ayers Saint Gross, we’re grateful for our creative and collaborative employees who shape the built environment and our profession for the better. This year, we would like to congratulate 15 of these individuals on their well-deserved promotions.These individuals are all talented leaders in their field, working with mission-driven clients to create places for shared knowledge and culture. To celebrate their accomplishments, we asked each…
2.01.24 / Announcements

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Join Us at Upcoming Career Fairs

Are you interested in joining our team? Our firm is visiting a number of colleges and universities this spring for campus recruiting and career fairs.
1.31.24 / Announcements

Ohio’s Campus Space Optimization Initiative aims to revolutionize traditional approach to space allocation

As building and space needs evolve across higher education, major industries and beyond, Ohio University is working toward revolutionizing the traditional approach to space allocation with the Campus Space Optimization Initiative, a forward-thinking initiative that includes a comprehensive reimagining of space function, ownership and budget allocation across all OHIO campuses.
1.18.24 / Press

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UCF Breaks Ground on Dr. Phillips Nursing Pavilion

With the turning of ceremonial dirt Friday, University of Central Florida students, donors and administrators celebrated breaking ground on the transformational Dr. Phillips Nursing Pavilion — a state-of-the-art building that will strengthen patient care by enabling UCF to graduate 150 more highly qualified, compassionate nurses each year.
1.12.24 / Press

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Bryant 3.0: Inside phase 1 of the university’s transformational Campus Master Plan

As Bryant's enrollment grows, on-campus housing must meet the demand. Last winter, the university tapped D.C.-based higher education architecture firm, Ayers Saint Gross, to assess residential life at Bryant.
1.02.24 / Press

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Ayers Saint Gross Ranked Among Top Ten Firms for Student Housing and Cultural Projects

Ayers Saint Gross was recently ranked highly for our work in student housing and cultural projects on the Building Design + Construction 2023 Giants 400 Report.  
12.21.23 / Announcements

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Songs that Inspire

Ayers Saint Gross employees are sharing a playlist that inspires our most creative work, with songs spanning genres, cultures, and time periods.
12.21.23 / Announcements

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2023 Year in Review

As we wrap up 2023, Ayers Saint Gross is proudly reflecting on another year marked by achievement, collaboration, and progress.
12.20.23 / Announcements

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Kevin Miller Wins AIA Baltimore Emerging Professional Award

Kevin Miller, a member of our architecture design staff, was named a recipient of AIA Baltimore’s Emerging Professional Award, which recognizes proficiency and exceptional accomplishments to the profession by those who have been working in the architecture field for less than ten years.
12.18.23 / Awards

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2023’s biggest local economic development deals include UCF nursing school

College of Nursing Dean Mary Lou Sole said during a Nov. 16 UCF Board of Trustees meeting that last year the school graduated 275 nurses, and when it moves into the new facility, she hopes that will double. “This will allow us to have larger space and larger labs to be able to educate those nurses plus our focus on new faculty.”
12.15.23 / Press

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Glenn Birx, FAIA, Retires after 45 Years

Since his first day of work in 1978, Glenn Birx has played a part in almost every project Ayers Saint Gross has worked on. Now, leading up to his retirement, he is reflecting on his career.
12.12.23 / Announcements

Developers unveil new website and renderings for the latest Harbor Point apartment project

Developers of Baltimore's newest apartment project, a 500-unit development called Allied | Harbor Point, unveiled a new website and renderings for the project, which is nearing completion at 1402 Point Street. Ayers Saint Gross and BHC Architects are the architects, with interiors by Beatty Design.
12.04.23 / Press

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Responsive Design: Purposeful planning can be inclusive for neurodiverse students and support the well-being of all.

Co-authored by Principal Shannon Dowling, this article explores how the design of higher education environments can be more responsive to the needs of neurodivergent students.
11.15.23 / Press

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New medical school in Charlotte will be ‘carbon-zero’

As planning continues to advance towards Wake Forest University School of Medicine's Charlotte campus seating its first class in 2025, designers and engineers are working to ensure the Howard R. Levine Center for Education will be state-of-the-art, including building the facility to a carbon-zero and LEED Gold standard, while also achieving a WELL Building Standard.
11.14.23 / Press

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Ayers Saint Gross Projects Honored with AIA Baltimore Excellence in Design Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) honored two Ayers Saint Gross projects with AIA Baltimore Excellence in Design Awards. Greensboro Hall at Ringling College of Art and Design and the Yahentamitsi Dining Hall at the University of Maryland were given honorable mentions in the higher education category.
10.25.23 / Awards

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UTEP breaks ground on new Liberal Arts building

The University of Texas at El Paso broke ground Thursday morning on a new Liberal Arts Building that will be called the Texas Western Hall. Designed by Ayers Saint Gross, the new building will have larger classrooms, open spaces, and the newest technology for students.
10.24.23 / Press

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National Aquarium to build floating exhibit between Inner Harbor piers

Ayers Saint Gross has been working with the National Aquarium to design a new floating wetland exhibit, Harbor Wetland, which will be installed between piers 3 and 4 in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Scheduled to open next summer, the exhibit will feature a walking dock and a network of floating, manmade “islands” with plants and grasses to attract and provide shelter for native species.  
10.19.23 / Press

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The Cool Day Jobs of UMD’s Adjunct Professors

Planner and Architect Amber Wendland, who works as a lecturer at the University of Maryland, talks about her work in urban and community-based planning as part of this article for the university's website.
10.05.23 / Press

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Ayers Saint Gross Ranked Among Top Five University Building Architecture Firms for 2023

For the second year in a row, Ayers Saint Gross ranked among the top five university architecture firms in the country on the Building Design+Construction 2023 Giants 400 Report. The rankings, which are based on 2022 revenue, listed Ayers Saint Gross as #5 out of 170 firms from around the United States.
10.02.23 / Announcements

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Shannon Dowling Wins AIA Virginia Award for Distinguished Achievement

Shannon Dowling, principal architect and learning environments strategist, was recently recognized with AIA Virginia’s 2023 Award for Distinguished Achievement. The award, which is given annually, recognizes Shannon for her work as well as her advocacy and service within her local community.
9.19.23 / Awards

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Caitlin Brady Wins AIA DC Emerging Architect Award

Architect Caitlin Brady, AIA, LEED BD+C was recently named a recipient of AIA DC’s Emerging Architect Award, which recognizes proficiency and exceptional accomplishments to the profession by an architect who has been a registered architect for less than 10 years.
8.28.23 / Awards

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Staying Committed: Ayers Saint Gross Renews Just Disclosure

Ayers Saint Gross made its first Just Disclosure with the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) in 2019 to share more quantitative data about the social equity and justice issues embedded in who we are and how we practice design. We’re proud to share we’ve recently renewed our disclosure for 2023.
8.24.23 / Announcements

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A Presidential Tour of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s New Visitor Center

The Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden was featured in a special episode of Spotlight STL, a weekly show that shares information about St. Louis arts and culture. In the episode, Garden President Peter Wyse Jackson provides a tour of the new visitor center, which was designed by Ayers Saint Gross.
8.17.23 / Press

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Summer Renovations and Long-Term Facilities Planning Underway

This summer Worcester Polytechnic Institute Facilities are beginning major renovations in Stratton Hall and beyond; and the intense work of creating a new campuswide facilities plan to guide decisions related to the university’s buildings and grounds for the next 10 years.
6.23.23 / Press

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Greensboro Hall at Ringling College wins IIDA 2023 Premiere Finalist Award

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) recently awarded Greensboro Hall at Ringling College of Art and Design a 2023 Premiere Finalist Award.
6.22.23 / Awards

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Grinnell College Kington Plaza wins SCUP 2023 Excellence in Landscape Architecture Award

The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) recently honored the Grinnell College Kington Plaza and Christiansen Outdoor Learning Spaces with a 2023 Excellence in Landscape Architecture General Design Merit Award.
6.22.23 / Awards


Baltimore County leaders give glimpse of future for revamped Security Square Mall

The revitalization of Baltimore County's beloved Security Square Mall brings the community vision of a vibrant, walkable, and entertaining economic hub back to life.
6.14.23 / Announcements

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$5.5M Gift from Helene Fuld Health Trust to Create Simulation Center at New UCF Nursing Building

Ayers Saint Gross is the design architect for the new College of Nursing at the University of Central Florida. The Helene Fuld Health Trust has committed a $5.5 million gift to the College of Nursing to support the creation of a state-of-the-art simulation center in the new building, a critical component to education and innovation.
5.22.23 / Press

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Elon Dedicates Founders Hall and Innovation Hall

The two buildings opened in August 2022 for the new academic year and are home to the departments of engineering and physics and serve as a new hub for multidisciplinary education and innovation in the heart of Elon’s campus. Announced in 2020 as part of the Boldly Elon strategic plan, these buildings feature 65,000 square feet of cutting-edge labs, workshops and creation spaces.
4.20.23 / Press

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Culture-Centric College Dining

The first new dining hall on campus in 49 years, Yahentamitsi Dining Hall at the University of Maryland completed an 11-year new-build project when it opened in 2022. The nearly 68,000-square-foot all-you-care-to-eat facility can serve up to 15,000 guests daily.
4.07.23 / Press

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Emory’s graduate housing project on track to open to residents in summer 2024

Emory graduate and professional students will have a new housing option, opening in summer 2024 for the fall semester. The Graduate and Professional Student Housing Initiative broke ground on Phase I in September 2022 and is continuing on schedule.
4.05.23 / Press

Anything but Common: Information, Tech, and Community Unite in College’s New Hornbake Space

The University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies’s INFO Commons, which broke ground this month, will be the college's first bricks-and-mortar entry into the hands-on, creative world of information technology. The high-tech playground with places to study, collaborate or chill on the ground floor of Hornbake Library will offer a long-awaited community home for the college, with a welcome mat for students across UMD.
3.31.23 / Press

A Worthy Charge

Architect and Planner Jessica Leonard and Sustainability Director Allison Wilson are included in an article about women alumnae of the University of Maryland's School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
3.24.23 / Press

How colleges can incorporate DEI values into physical spaces

Principal Shannon Dowling spoke with Higher Ed Dive about the connection between DEI and learning spaces, how small changes can lead to significant progress, and why Americans with Disabilities Act compliance is just the start of accessible design.
3.03.23 / Press

Marymount University gets private donation to renovate historic campus building

Marymount University said it plans to renovate a historic building that’s sat empty in recent years into a new campus center, with a Barnes & Noble bookstore, gathering space and a cafe. The project’s architect is D.C. firm Ayers Saint Gross, while D.C.-based Bennett Group is leading construction as contractor. Renovations have already started, with a completion date slated for the early fall of this year, per the university.
3.01.23 / Press

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Join Us at an Upcoming Career Fair

Are you interested in joining our team? Our firm will be visiting a number of colleges and universities this spring for campus recruiting and career fairs, both virtually and in-person.
2.08.23 / Announcements

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Ready for the Future: Announcing New Leaders and Promotions

This year, we would like to recognize 20 of our talented and creative employee-owners on their well-deserved promotions. To celebrate, we asked each of them to reflect on the industry challenges they are most excited to overcome in the future.
2.07.23 / Announcements

‘We have a vision’ | UT announces future of campus development

On Wednesday, officials with the University of Tennessee held a meeting to address their vision for the future of campus. This is the first time since 2011, the campus has engaged in a full-scale master plan. There were many issues addressed in the design but some of the main issues included parking, housing, and infrastructure. The plan will align the university’s buildings and infrastructure with the university’s strategic plan.
1.26.23 / Press

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Medical School, Innovation District Break Ground in Midtown Charlotte

Despite wet weather, dirt has finally moved at the site of what will eventually be the Wake Forest University School of Medicine Charlotte and innovation district known as “The Pearl.” A group of about 200 stakeholders, community leaders and representatives from Wake Forest, Atrium Health and Wexford Science & Technology gathered this morning under the cover of a massive tent to break ground on the 700,000-square-foot med school and innovation district.
1.17.23 / Press

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Classes Begin at UNT’s Newly Opened $100M Frisco Landing Building

Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week, classes opened today at the University of North Texas at Frisco's first permanent campus building, Frisco Landing. The $100 million, 135,000-square-foot building will be home to many of UNT at Frisco's 2,500 students. Its collaborative design includes 69 "huddle rooms," interactive classrooms, and more. Here's a look both outside and in.
1.17.23 / Press

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2022 Year in Review

In 2022, Ayers Saint Gross celebrated a number of individual and team accomplishments and was recognized with 19 design awards.
12.23.22 / Announcements

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Valley of the Arts in AlUla Announces Five Permanent Large-Scale Installations

The detailed master plan, developed by Ayers Saint Gross, provides a visitor infrastructure and experiential framework that knits the implementation of Wadi AlFann’s contemporary art program with the preservation and interpretation of its heritage sites. Artist sites have been identified to protect sensitive landscapes, ensure site integrity and enhance visitor movement and immersion within the site’s network of canyons.
12.14.22 / Press

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How Floating Wetlands Are Helping to Clean Up Urban Waters

The National Aquarium's Floating Wetland Prototype was recently featured as part of a Yale Environment 360 article.
11.30.22 / Press

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Here are the winners of Arizona’s Excellence in Masonry Architectural Awards

11.28.22 / Press

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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

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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

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