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For Immediate Release
April 14, 2003

Seven libraries win AIA/ALA Library Building Awards


The Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) in conjunction with, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), announced the seven recipients of the 2003 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. The AIA /ALA awards program, now in its 21st year, was developed to recognize and encourage excellence in the architectural design and planning of libraries. The recipients of the 2003 awards will be formally recognized in June at the 2003 ALA Annual Conference in Toronto.


“Each of the seven buildings selected for an award uses a different method to achieve success,” said Chair Henry Myerberg, FAIA.  “All, however, share some common elements: a strong aesthetic sensibility that is consistently applied; sensitivity to context; and a conviction about the importance of the library as an institution and a place.”

The 2003 award recipients are:

New Buildings

·        Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Atlanta, Ga., for the Lee B. Philmon Branch Library (Riverdale, Ga.). The library sited amongst chain-store detailing and neon signs, making its simple geometries and subtle coloring all the more appealing. Inside, thanks to skylights and large triangular expanses of wall, its 14,000 square feet offers an “oasis of variegated space and light.”

·        Hartman-Cox Architects, Washington D.C. for The Jefferson Library at Monticello (Charlottesville, Va.). The new 15,000-square-foot research library adjacent to a Colonial Revival house contains a two-story reading room, offices, conference room, a work area for research on the presidential papers and a rare-book storage area.

·        Davis Brody Bond, LLP, New York City for the South Court, New York Public Library.   This project, a new, 42,500-square-foot, three-story structure, resides in the open south courtyard of the New York Public Library and accommodates the library's public education program as well as administrative/staff support, plus an electronic teaching center, auditorium, administrative offices, and an employee lounge located on the glass-walled top floor.

·        Overland Partners Architects, San Antonio, Texas, and Architect of Record: Good Fulton + Farrell Architects, Dallas, for The Hockaday School Upper and Lower School Library, Dallas.  This new library serves as the centerpiece of a multi-million dollar renovation and new construction project for a prestigious all-girls academy in Dallas. Sited at the heart of the campus, the new library takes maximum advantage of natural light and permits preservation of three large oak trees in the center of the campus.


·        Mahlum Architects and Cardwell Architects, Seattle, for the University of Washington: Suzzallo Library (Seattle). Driven by the need for seismic and accessibility upgrades, this project entailed restoration of the complex's 1925, 1935, and 1965 buildings-some 325,000 square feet on seven floors.

·        LMN Architects, Seattle, for the Seattle Public Temporary Central Library.
The temporary facility is able to provide primary book distribution and computer service hubs for the Seattle Public Library’s 23-branch system as well as administrative offices, children’s library, computer training center, meeting rooms, and space for the 350-person staff.

·        Kennedy and Violich Architecture Ltd., Boston, for the Shady Hill School Library, Cambridge, Mass.  A raised-floor plenum accommodates the infrastructure that brings power and data for use of the Internet and the school's intranet.

The 2003 jury was comprised of representatives from the architecture as well as library fields. Representing the ALA were, Kay Johnson of the King County Library System in Issaquah, Wash., Barbara Norland from the Montgomery County Libraries of Montgomery County, Md., and Rich Rosenthal from the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in Charlotte, N.C.  Jury Chair, Henry Myerberg, FAIA, Mary Werner DeNadai, AIA, and David Milling, AIA, represented the architecture industry.

For more information contact Arawa McClendon at 800-545-2433 x5035 or  LAMA is a division of the American Library Association.