Things have been exciting here recently on the architecture front. We had a great group of 39 architects submit information in response to the University's Request for Qualifications in December of last year. Then in January we invited seven firms to campus for two days of interviews.
The shortlist, dubbed "stunning" in an online article from the Architects' Newspaper (http://blog.archpaper.com/wordpress/archives/78583), produced three finalists, including Allied Works Architecture (Portland/New York), a team comprised of Patkau Architects (Vancouver) and San Francisco's Fong & Chan, and the New York firm Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.
It's an amazing group that will draw on a deep reservoir of museum building experience as we work toward their visit on April 3rd, when they will spend the day meeting with the selection advisory committee convened by UCSC Campus Architect John Barnes, then gather in the Stevenson College Event Space for a reception at 5:15 and presentations of their ideas at 6:00pm. The public is invited, so please mark your calendars and pass the word around!
On March 4 representatives of each firm gathered to meet with campus staff, including John Barnes with his colleagues José Sanchez and Dean Fitch from our Office of Physical Planning and Construction, Diane Behling from the Office of Capital Planning, Arts Dean David Yager, and myself. It was a stimulating day spent tramping around the future building site, now damp and lush thanks to the recent rains.
Our goal was to give our potential architectural collaborators a feel for the overall layout and tenor of this amazing campus, look at the building site together, then gather in the DARC building to discuss the nature of the Institute's program and what kind of an architectural home could best contribute to our ambitious educational and public goals.
Come see them on April 3!