Leading architect selected to design Florida Southern College’s new residential facility
LAKELAND, Fla. (Dec. 20, 2005) — Florida Southern College announces the selection of Robert A.M. Stern Architects, an internationally-acclaimed design firm, to design the college’s new residential facility on Lake Hollingsworth. The Residential Life Center, funded by Carol and Barney Barnett through a transformational gift to the college, will replace the 50-year old Panhellenic Building which is not part of the college’s collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings.
“Robert Stern’s original designs have propelled him to the ranks of the most famous architects of the world,” said Dr. Anne B. Kerr, president of Florida Southern College. “We are honored to feature Stern’s work on the front corridor of the College as a signature addition to our already world-famous collection, and a wonderful enhancement to the city of Lakeland. We are proud to select an architect whose buildings will remain as significant as Frank Lloyd Wright’s”
"It's an honor and a daunting challenge to work in the shadow of Frank Lloyd Wright on one of the great iconic campuses of American architecture," said Robert A.M. Stern, founder and Senior Partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Over its thirty-six-year history, Robert A.M. Stern Architects has earned numerous awards and citations for design excellence, including National Honor Awards of the American Institute of Architects. The firm has substantial experience designing buildings on college and university campuses that derive their distinctive character from buildings of architects with strong visions, as FSC’s campus does from Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings. Their buildings at the University of Virginia, Stanford University, Rice University, Harvard Business School and Trinity University are examples of such designs.
“We have a longstanding interest in great American architecture and have frequently designed structures that pay tribute to its traditions,” said Alexander P. Lamis, who will work with Mr. Stern as Project Partner. “We welcome the opportunity to design residences that will complement Florida Southern College’s collection of buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright.”
The design of student residential life buildings has figured centrally in much of Robert A.M. Stern Architects’ recent work, including residence hall projects at Columbia University, the Brooklyn Law School, the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Georgetown University, Acadia University, the University of South Carolina, and the Taft School.
“We understand that a residence hall has unique requirements which go far beyond function: that appropriately designed facilities can do much to foster the relaxed, spontaneous, and often serendipitous interactions that are critical to providing students with a well-rounded experience,” said Lamis. “We look forward to working closely with the College to understand the concerns, priorities and traditions of those who will use the new facilities.”
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