The Catholic University of America

Oct. 20, 2006

Washington Architectural Foundation to Honor CUAdc

Tonight the Washington Architectural Foundation will honor CUAdc - an initiative of the School of Architecture and Planning - with a 2006 Pro Bono Publico Award for its redesign of a Washington, D.C., public middle school library.

The award will recognize CUAdc's redesign of the Stuart-Hobson Middle School library in Northeast Washington, which transformed the antiquated room into a light-filled, inviting space. As part of the project, CUA architecture students also built new shelves and furniture for the library.

The award will be presented tonight at the annual gala hosted by the foundation and the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The gala will be held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Northwest Washington.

The newly-renovated library will be unveiled at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23, in a ceremony at the school.

The Washington Architectural Foundation chose CUAdc, along with seven Washington, D.C., architectural firms, to design new library spaces in several D.C. public schools on a pro bono basis for the non-profit School Libraries Project.

CUAdc - a design collaborative that provides services free of charge to nonprofit groups - was created in fall 2005 by three architecture faculty members. In January, CUAdc won an Award of Merit for Best Practice in K-12 Architectural Education from the American Architectural Foundation for its renovation of Hobson's library.

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The School of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University of America is the largest architecture school in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Students use the nation's capital as an architecture laboratory and design in an exciting studio environment on campus. The Bachelor of Science in Architecture preprofessional degree is awarded after four years of study, and the Master of Architecture professional degree is earned after two additional years. Foreign study experiences are offered as well as a joint degree program with the Department of Civil Engineering.

MEDIA: For more information about CUAdc, contact Katie Lee or Chris Harrison in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.


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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, harrisoc@cua.edu
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, leect@cua.edu