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Design Competition Jurors Named for Law Center Project

Jury to Assess Design Proposals for Landmark Building

October 10, 2008
Contact: University Relations
Phone: 410.837.5739

Five leading architects with extensive experience in designing innovative urban buildings and spaces have been selected to serve as jurists for a design competition for the John and Frances Angelos Law Center at the University of Baltimore. The five, selected by University officials, will be impaneled on Friday, Nov. 14 for an all-day review of design proposals as submitted by the five teams of world-class architects recently named as finalists in the competition. Advised by Roger K. Lewis, professor emeritus in the School of Architecture at the University of Maryland, College Park, and an award-winning designer and architecture critic, the five jurists will make a recommendation to UB President Robert L. Bogomolny and University officials. The winner will be announced on Nov. 17.

The five jurists are:

Robert Campbell, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, architect and critic for the Boston Globe and columnist for Architectural Record. Campbell, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, is a recipient of that body's Medal for Criticism, as well as other awards including the Commonwealth Award and the Award of Honor from the Boston Society of Architects. His books include the acclaimed Cityscapes of Boston: An American City Through Time. Campbell also has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Boston Architectural Center, and the University of North Carolina; and is a former visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Campbell holds degrees from Harvard University, the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Frances Halsband, founder partner of Kliment Halsband Architects of New York City. The firm is known for its innovative work in architecture, master planning, historic preservation, and adaptive reuse for educational, cultural, civic, government, and private clients. Halsband has done design work for more than 35 campuses across the country, and currently serves as an architect advisor at Brown University. She also is a member of the Architectural Review Board of the Federal Reserve, and has served on the Architectural Advisory Board of the U.S. Department of State Office of Foreign Buildings Operations. A former dean of the School of Architecture at the Pratt Institute, she has taught design at a number of universities including the University of California at Berkeley, Ball State, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Maryland, College Park. Halsband was the first woman to be elected president of the New York Chapter of the AIA. She holds degrees from Swarthmore College and Columbia University.

Andrea Leers, practitioner and adjunct professor of architecture and urban design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Leers serves on the U.S. General Services Administration's Public Buildings Service National Register of Peer Professionals and on the Architectural Advisory Board for the U.S. Department of State. Most recently, she was appointed to the Boston Civic Design Commission by the mayor of Boston. Leers, a founder of the Leers Weinzapfel Associates firm in Boston, has held numerous teaching and visiting critic positions at Yale University, the American Academy in Rome, the University of Virginia School of Architecture and the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Her firm received the 2007 AIA National Firm Award. Leers holds degrees from Wellesley College and the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.

David E. Miller, a founding partner of The Miller|Hull Partnership, a 55-member firm in Seattle with a reputation for rational approaches to design based on the culture, climate and building traditions of a place. The firm received the 2003 AIA Architecture Firm Award. Two monographs of its work, Ten Houses and Miller|Hull: Architects of the Pacific Northwest, have been praised by fellow architects. Currently, Miller serves as chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington, where he is also a tenured professor of architecture. In 2005, he published Toward a New Regionalism, which promotes environmental architecture and showcases the work of Northwest architects from Portland to British Columbia. In 2006, Miller received two unique awards: the Washington State University Alumni Achievement Award; and the BetterBricks Designer Award, recognizing him as a designer who maximizes the use of sustainable materials in high-performance commercial buildings. Miller holds degrees from Washington State University and the University of Illinois.

James Stewart Polshek, a practitioner, educator and public advocate, and a senior design counsel to Polshek Partnership Architects of New York City. The firm numbers 150, and is internationally recognized for its artistic, managerial and technical achievements. From 1972 to 1987, Polshek served as dean of the faculty of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation as well as special adviser to the president for planning and design at Columbia University, where he is a tenured professor of architecture. At Columbia, he established the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, and served on its executive Committee for a decade. During this time, he co-founded Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility. Polshek currently serves on the boards of the New York School of Interior Design and the Lycée Français de New York. He has received a number of accolades in his career, including the Municipal Art Society's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal. In 2002, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and three years later was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He holds a degree from the Yale University Graduate School of Architecture

The $107 million project entails the creation of a 190,000-square-foot law school on a UB-owned parcel at Charles Street and Mt. Royal Avenue. Last June, UB announced a record-setting $5 million donation to the project from UB School of Law alumnus Peter Angelos, LL.B. '61.

Baltimore's Abell Foundation provided $150,000 to fund the design competition for the new facility.

The project's timeline is as follows:

  • Contract awarded to architect – January to February 2009
  • Design phase; selection of contractor – February 2009 to May 2010
  • Construction – June 2010 to July 2012
  • Opening – Fall 2012

The existing law building, the John and Frances Angelos Law Center, was named after Angelos's parents as part of an earlier gift in 1991. The new building will retain that name upon opening in 2012, and the current facility will be renovated at that time to accommodate UB's growing academic programs.

The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the School of Law, the Yale Gordon College of Liberal Arts and the Merrick School of Business.