SCUP Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions, Renovation or Adaptive Reuse
Photos by Peter Vanderwarker
Anmahian Winton Architects; Richmond So Engineering; RDK Engineers; LAM Partners, Inc.; Simpson Gumpertz & Heger; Shawmut Design & Construction; Hines Wasser & Associates; GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc.
“ . . . blending traditional with contemporary forms and materials is uniquely pulled off . . . inserted new architecture into the bones of the old building very successfully . . . has daring and skill . . . ”
The university’s goals for the Joukowsky Institute included creating a new, vibrant, and sustainable use for Rhode Island Hall, a historic Greek Revival building at the center of the College Green. One of the university’s oldest buildings, Rhode Island Hall had lost the sense of place it once provided. Long unused for its original purpose as a museum of natural history, it had fallen into disrepair as it became used for ad hoc administrative needs. The needs of the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, as the new and sole occupant of Rhode Island Hall, required that its interior be fully gutted to accommodate the new program, while restoring the historic exterior and anchoring its presence at the heart of campus. The building’s open, flexible plan mirrors the institute’s goal to bring together faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates from a variety of disciplines under one roof, providing new opportunities for cross-departmental interaction.