Commentary

Jurors from across the nation came together in August to view and evaluate more than 200 school and university design projects for the 2003 Architectural Portfolio competition. Over two days, they brainstormed criteria by which the projects should be judged and then used those criteria to assess and rank the projects. After undergoing this meticulous and challenging process, the jury chose several projects that were worthy of a citation rank in the competition. When making their selections, the jury looked for projects that exemplified as many as possible of the following characteristics:

  • Supports learning
    • Design plans were the result of a collaborative, research-based process.
    • The outcome was linked to research.
    • The size is appropriate for addressing problems.
    • The facility is used as a learning tool.
    • The design is personalized.
  • Architecturally exemplary
    • The project has a sense of place.
    • The project has an appropriate scale.
    • Materials were used effectively.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Integrated, skillful use of the site
  • Sustainability
  • Ability to serve as a community resource
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Sensitive attention to security
  • Cost-effective

JIM DAUME

KENNETH J. DUCOTE

ARNIE GLASSBERG

CHERI HENDRICKS

JAMES E. LAPOSTA JR.

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