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Projects | UIC Daley Wins ALA Merit Award

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Shortly after receiving his AIA Illinois John Welborn Root award, Damon attended the Association of Licensed Architects Award Dinner. At the reception, Damon had the opportunity to meet and be inspired by other award winners, including Don Erickson Presidential award winner INVISION Architecture from Iowa and emcee Stephen Chung, architect, producer, and host of Cool Spaces! on PBS. And best of all, Damon received the Merit Award for Unbuilt Design on behalf of Bailey Edward for the University of Illinois at Chicago Richard Daley Library Addition – Master Plan.

While once a pass-through relic of the 1960’s Brutalist era, Bailey Edward’s design transforms the UIC Daley Library into a must-see destination. The transformation promotes research, learning, and collaboration with a variety of amenities including a student center, café, exhibits of unique archives, and public gathering spaces. As the library moves beyond books, the space becomes an incubator of knowledge and culture, providing more area dedicated to the student experience. An amphitheater-like forum stair inspired by Walter Netsch’s UIC Forum Plaza allows students to meet and hold informal events. The new 200-seat auditorium provides a public meeting venue for programs, performances, readings, and other library and campus events. Centralized in the library, an exhibit space for special collections allows faculty to showcase the campus’s academic interests. 

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Congratulations to the Bailey Edward and UIC team for the hours of work put into this award-winning design. You can view all the award winners here: https://www.alatoday.org/files/DesAwardsPPTREV2.pdf