SCUP Excellence in Architecture for a New Building
University of California, San Diego
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“ . . . strong interior and exterior . . . screen on the exterior is really nice . . . invites you in and functions well as a hub for the university . . . ”
The Medical Education and Telemedicine Building established a collegial hub for the School of Medicine and its students. Prior to its construction, the School of Medicine was dispersed throughout several buildings. The university was looking for a facility that would act as a center for medical students, physicians, and physicians in training, encouraging a sense of community that had been absent from the existing buildings. The design of the building achieved this goal by bringing together social and instructional spaces in a way that fosters interaction and creates an identity for the School of Medicine. The building responds to projected growth in enrollment and profound changes in the methodologies of medical education, and provides space to accommodate health care equity and to teach and practice healthcare via telemedicine.