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Woodbury University Studio Building: Completing-And Unifying-An Architecture School

Magazine article University Business

Woodbury University Studio Building: Completing-And Unifying-An Architecture School

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ONCE CRAMPED FOR SPACE AND housed in five separate buildings, the School of Architecture at Woodbury University (Calif.) now has both a dramatic anchor and room to grow.

* FUNCTION: A 19,000-square-foot new facility for the School of Architecture houses studios, critique spaces, support spaces, and a multipurpose room.

* CHALLENGE: Once a small program at Woodbury, the architecture school has experienced 60 percent growth over the last several years. Now it's the largest undergraduate major on Woodbury's 22-acre Burbank campus, explains David Rosen, senior vice president. Upperclassmen were generally grouped together, but first- and second-year students worked and studied in more removed areas. Each student has his or her own dedicated workspace, but in ensuring that, Rosen says, "we were really strained." Also, temporary buildings had to be used for lecture space at times.

* SOLUTION: Architect Mark Rios says the "goal was to create a timeless, integrated campus building," and the project was approached as "two distinct but associated masses: the architectural studies space and the multipurpose, all-school space. …

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