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University Of Virginia Announces Architects For Landmark ‘South Lawn Project’

October 3, 2005 -- The University of Virginia announced today that Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners of Santa Monica, Calif., has been chosen to design a new conceptual plan and the first four buildings for the College of Arts & Sciences’ complex, called the “South Lawn Project,” to be built on University Grounds in Charlottesville.

David J. Neuman, architect for the University and a fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), said today’s announcement “marks another important step in the long anticipated development of a new campus setting for the College of Arts & Sciences’ students and faculty. Moore Ruble Yudell was selected from 26 experienced applicants for this assignment and has an outstanding reputation in our field. We are excited to have them join our team as we move forward with this important and demanding project.”

The most ambitious construction undertaking on U.Va.’s Central Grounds in nearly a century, the South Lawn Project will yield new buildings that will strengthen the school’s academic core and reinforce the atmosphere of community that characterizes the U.Va. undergraduate experience. The project calls for buildings that will be designed to promote interdisciplinary teaching and research. It also will feature new classrooms with state-of-the-art technology, gathering areas, flexible workspaces and faculty offices organized to foster collaboration. In addition, earlier buildings designed by Thomas Jefferson; McKim, Mead and White; and Michael Graves are located nearby.

John Ruble, FAIA, who will lead the project’s design team as partner-in-charge, said, “My interest in the South Lawn goes back to my years as an undergraduate architecture student at U.Va. Thomas Jefferson’s plan for the Lawn is a brilliant statement of the place of community in an academic setting. Among our highest goals would be the shaping of such a community — providing the kind of continuity, connectivity and identity that would sustain Mr. Jefferson’s vision in a new century.”

Moore Ruble Yudell is an interdisciplinary design studio with an international practice that extends from the design of the new U.S. Embassy in Berlin to a master plan for housing in Chongqing, China. Well known for its collaborative approach, the firm has worked on the design of many highly regarded campus master plans and buildings, including work at Dartmouth University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University of Washington, Tacoma; University of California, Berkeley; University of Oregon; and University of California, Los Angeles.

Moore Ruble Yudell will work in conjunction with landscape architects Cheryl Barton and Walter Hood, as well as other consultants selected by U.Va.’s Office of the Architect and Facilities Planning and Construction.

Contact: Mary Carlson, (434) 924-3629

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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