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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 / Announcements

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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.

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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 / Announcements

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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 / Announcements

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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 / Announcements


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

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

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

Rendering of the wetland prototype for the National Aquarium

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

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

Missouri Botanical Garden Jack C. Taylor Visitor Center

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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