The University of Pittsburgh was honored by the 2020 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Pittsburgh Design Awards. The annual awards “recognize and honor architects and designers, and promote excellence, innovation and achievement in the craft of architecture.”
The Community Engagement Center (CEC) in Homewood was honored with a Social Equity in Design Award. Opened in 2018, the CEC in Homewood holds classrooms, conference rooms, a computer lab, the new SHRS Wellness Pavilion, an art gallery with works by local artists and more—and hosts programming for Homewood residents of all ages and the Pitt community. According to the AIA’s jury comments, the CEC in Homewood “models a bridge between academic institutions and the communities that surround them—an invaluable stream for sharing resource towards more equitable communities.” The CEC in Homewood was designed by Strada.
Additionally, the Center for Urban Education (CUE) within Pitt’s School of Education was awarded a Certificate of Merit for its space in Posvar Hall. According to the award page, the team behind the design of CUE kept the health and wellness of those who occupy the space in mind—making improvements to the space’s natural light and other elements. According to AIA’s jury comments, CUE stands out as a space that “breaks away from the rigid geometry of the existing building and boldly resets its rules on spatial interaction within the academic setting.” CUE, which was designed by Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, completed its renovation in September 2017.