Book Review of Form and Dichroic LightJune 2018

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by G. Stanley Collyer, Ph.D., Hon. AIA, Editor of COMPETITIONS

“Pelli sees the influence of his mentor, Eero Saarinen, “with the focus on the importance of the physical model to study the form, texture and color of the architecture and the spaces they’ve created.” Thus, in spirit and practice, (Cesar) Pelli sees the Saarinen tradition passed down in OFFICE 52’s successful competition-winning project.”

“Having followed the evolution of Carnegie Mellon University’s Scott Hall, both at a distance and up-close, this book was a welcome addition to the all too rare studies surrounding the gestation of a project, from competition process to realization. And for young architects, it is an example of what can be accomplished, not just with talent, but also with a solid foundation accumulated over several years of practice.” – Stanley Collyer

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OFFICE 52’s Design for UO Tykeson Hall in Campus SpacesJune 2018

In the Special Edition Campus Spaces of The Chronicle of Higher Education, OFFICE 52 Architecture’s Design for Tykeson Hall at the University of Oregon was featured on page B15 in the May 2018 issue.

The new 64,000 square foot Tykeson College and Careers Building will serve as the headquarters of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), which has 800 faculty, 42 fields of study, and 11,000 students across the UO campus.  OFFICE 52 Architecture’s design for the new building re-imagines what a career center combined with academic advising can be with innovative spatial concepts, designed in section.  We built upon Dean Marcus’ vision for a flexible, student-centered learning environment that is focused on the Liberal Arts at one of the premier Liberal Arts Institutions in the country.  To create a contemporary building that relates to the historic context, as mandated by the university, we reinterpreted traditional building materials with an artistic sensibility with a custom-designed brick pattern and a contemporary, custom-designed terracotta enclosure.

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Video with OFFICE 52 Architecture’s design for Tykeson HallJune 2018

In video format Isaac Campbell and Dean Andrew Marcus describe their vision for Tykeson Hall, the new College and Careers Building designed by OFFICE 52 Architecture for the University of Oregon in Eugene.

Dean Marcus from the College of Arts and Sciences elaborates upon his vision for student success and why students value advising at one of the premier Liberal Arts institutions in the country.

Isaac Campbell of OFFICE 52 Architecture briefly describes the  design of the new building located on the traditional part of campus.  OFFICE 52 Architecture’s design re-imagines what a career center combined with academic advising could be spatially and reinterprets traditional building materials with an artistic and contemporary sensibility.

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Construction webcam: OFFICE 52 Architecture’s design at UOMay 2018

Webcam of construction progress of the Tykeson Hall College and Careers Building, designed by OFFICE 52 Architecture, on the University of Oregon Eugene campus.

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Book Launch EventMay 2018

Book Launch Event with Sylvanus Estate in our studio Friday, May 18, 2018



by Michelle LaFoe, AIA and Isaac Campbell, AIA, Founders of OFFICE 52 Architecture

Foreword by Cesar Pelli, FAIA; Introduction by Michael J. Crosbie, FAIA

Copyright 2018, First Edition, published by Leete’s Island Books

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OFFICE 52 and ARUP speak at Tradeline Conference BostonApril 2018

Isaac Campbell, AIA, NCARB, Principal with OFFICE 52 Architecture and Jeffrey Huang, PE, LEED AP, Associate Principal at ARUP New York are the session leaders for “The convergence of STEM disciplines: What and where to build for programmatic success” at the spring 2018 Tradeline Conference on College and University Science and Engineering Facilities in Boston, Massachusetts April 23 – 24, 2018.

Through the lens of Scott Hall, Carnegie Mellon University’s new Nano-Bio-Energy Technologies Building, they will discuss the importance of researcher proximity, campus location, program convergence and co-location, and shared resources in the siting and creation of world class teaching and research environments.

Session Leaders:  Isaac Campbell, OFFICE 52 Architecture, and Jeffrey Huang, PE, LEED AP, ARUP New York

Session Title:  The Convergence of STEM Disciplines: What and Where to Build for Programmatic Success

Session date and time:  Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 10:35-11:30am

Location:  Renaissance Boston Waterfront in Boston, Massachusetts

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M. LaFoe chairs panel at Los Angeles CAA Annual ConferenceFebruary 2018

Please join us on Thursday, February 22, 2018, 4:00-5:30 pm

At the Annual College Art Association Conference in Los Angeles, CA

LA Convention Center, Room 404A

Michelle LaFoe, AIA, Founder and Principal of OFFICE 52 Architecture, organized the panel and will be chairing and moderating the session. #CAA2018 #CAALA

PDF:  OFFICE 52_CAA LA 2018 Speakers

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I. Campbell invited speaker at Los Angeles CAA Annual ConferenceFebruary 2018

Please join Isaac Campbell on Thursday, February 22, 2018, 4:00-5:30 pm

At the Annual College Art Association Conference in Los Angeles, CA

LA Convention Center, Room 404A

Isaac Campbell, AIA, Founder and Principal of OFFICE 52 Architecture, will be speaking about “The Shared Experience: Innovative and Artistic Design,” in relation to his and his partner’s design for Scott Hall at Carnegie Mellon University and Tykeson Hall, the new Academic Center for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon.

PDF:  OFFICE 52_CAA LA 2018 Speakers

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Scott Hall Featured in University Trends by RoutledgeJanuary 2018

OFFICE 52 is pleased to announce that our design for Scott Hall at Carnegie Mellon University is featured as one of the interdisciplinary research building case studies in the recently released second edition of University Trends: Contemporary Campus Design by Routledge Publishers, London and New York, 2018.  The book is a global survey of contemporary trends in higher education design with essays by Jonathan Coulson, Paul Roberts and Isabelle Taylor.

PDF: Scott Hall Case Study in University Trends by Routledge

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Scott Hall Receives LEED Gold Certification from USGBCDecember 2017

OFFICE 52 Architecture is pleased to announce that our design for Carnegie Mellon University’s new Scott Hall has recently been awarded LEED Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The building’s high performance exterior enclosure combined with innovative and efficient building systems and a groundbreaking cleanroom design allowed the project to achieve 66 points despite its demanding research program.

YouTube video by Isaac Campbell in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University.  Michelle LaFoe, AIA, and Isaac Campbell, AIA, founders of OFFICE 52 Architecture, were the Design Architects for the building, the commission for which we won in a national design competition.

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UO Tykeson Hall Featured in The Register GuardNovember 2017

OFFICE 52 Architecture’s design for the University of Oregon’s new Tykeson Hall is featured in the Register Guard.

PDF: UO Prepares for Construction of Tykeson Hall

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Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall VideoAugust 2017

Isaac Campbell of OFFICE 52 Architecture discusses the features and decisions behind the design of Scott Hall, and how it will be a transformative building for the College of Engineering and the Carnegie Mellon campus.

OFFICE 52 featured in AIA Oregon ArchitectAugust 2017

OFFICE 52’s design for the University of Oregon’s new Tykeson Hall for the College of Arts and Sciences is featured in the Summer 2017 issue of the AIA Oregon Architect quarterly publication, on page 19.

PDF: O52 Featured in Oregon Architect

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OFFICE 52 lecture at AIA PortlandAugust 2017

Join us on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 for our lecture as part of the invited “In-Process” lecture series at the AIA Center for Architecture in Portland, Oregon.  Doors and beverages at 5:30pm, talk at 6:00pm.

PDF: O52_lecture_AIA In Process Series_Aug 2017

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OFFICE 52 featured at SCUP Annual ConferenceJuly 2017

OFFICE 52 Architecture’s work is featured this year in the printed program and app at SCUP-52, the Society for College and University Planning’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. July 2017

We’ve movedFebruary 2017

We needed more space so we’ve moved!  OFFICE 52 Architecture is now located in suite #225 in our same building in the vibrant inner SE industrial district of Portland.  Please see below for full contact information.  Drawing with tape measure by O52 Founder Michelle LaFoe.

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OFFICE 52 in Cascade MagazineFebruary 2017

Featured in Cascade Magazine this week:  See what’s in store as Tykeson Hall – the College of Arts and Sciences’ new innovative home at the University of Oregon – takes shape with a design by OFFICE 52.  Photo by Dina Avila, 2017.

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OFFICE 52 chairs session at CAA Annual ConferenceFebruary 2017

OFFICE 52 founders Michelle LaFoe and Isaac Campbell are hosting a panel about emerging technology, fabrication, contemporary art + architecture, and 21st century craft with presentations by four practicing artists and innovators at the College Art Association Annual Conference in NYC on February 15, 2017.

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PDF:  O52_CAA_NYC_2017_Session Details

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OFFICE 52 in Competitions AnnualDecember 2016

OFFICE 52’s winning competition design submission for Scott Hall, the new Nano-Bio-Energy Technology Building at Carnegie Mellon University, is featured in the 2015 annual publication of Competitions.

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OFFICE 52 featured in Gray MagazineDecember 2016

OFFICE 52 Architecture is highlighted in the December 2016/January 2017 issue of Gray Magazine by editor Jaime Gillin and an article by Brian Libby in which they discuss how our Portland office resembles a creative studio workshop as much as an architecture firm and how we work seamlessly between  analog and digital techniques in the creative design process on our projects.

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OFFICE 52 lecture at Rice UniversityOctober 2016

OFFICE 52 Founders Michelle LaFoe and Isaac Campbell lecture at Farish Gallery at the Rice University School of Architecture in Houston, Texas about our studio practice and recent work.  Photo by Jeremy Bittermann.

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OFFICE 52 wins CAS commission at The University of OregonMay 2016

OFFICE 52 is excited to announce that we have been selected as the design architect in a competitive interview process to design the new Tykeson Hall College and Careers Building for the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at the University of Oregon.  Prominently sited in the heart of the University of Oregon campus, the new building will include educational, academic advising, career services and administrative functions in an innovative design that looks beyond conventional and contemporary models of liberal arts education.

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OFFICE 52 presented at Opening Ceremony for Scott HallApril 2016

Isaac Campbell of OFFICE 52 Architecture presented at Carnegie Mellon University at the Opening Ceremony for Scott Hall, OFFICE 52 Architecture’s competition winning design for the new Nano-Bio-Energy Technologies Building on the campus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Speakers include: James H. Garrett, Jr., Dean of the College of Engineering; Subra Suresh, President of Carnegie Mellon University; Isaac Campbell, of OFFICE 52 Architecture; Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott, whose generous donation funded both Scott Hall and the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation; and John and Claire Bertucci, whose generous contribution resulted in the Bertucci Nanotechnology Laboratory, a maker space within the building.  Photo by Jeremy Bittermann.

CMU College of Engineering:  Press Release :  Carnegie Mellon Univeristy College of Engineering News : April 27, 2016 : “Carnegie Mellon University opens transformative new building for energy innovation.”

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OFFICE 52 Announces the opening of Scott Hall at Carnegie Mellon UniversityApril 2016

Isaac Campbell and Michelle LaFoe, Principals at OFFICE 52 Architecture, are pleased to announce the official opening of Scott Hall, Carnegie Mellon University’s  new Nano-Bio-Energy Technologies buildingConstruction of parts of the interior will continue through the fall with final photography in early 2017.

Only nine months after founding our Portland studio practice, we won the commission to design this new 81.5 million, 109,000 square-foot collaborative research building in an invited national design competition that originally included seventeen firms. OFFICE 52’s innovative and ingenious design for Scott Hall transforms a challenging infill site and creates a new home for the College of Engineering, also known as the Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT).  Scott Hall houses the following research groups and institutes:

Biomedical Engineering – With a strong collaborative and multidisciplinary culture, the Biomedical Engineering Department (BME) introduces a wide range of cutting-edge science and technologies for the improvement of human health.

Engineering Research Accelerator – Formerly known as the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES), The Engineering Research Accelerator fosters collaboration and multidisciplinary, high-impact research between Carnegie Mellon University, industry, and government agencies in areas such as engineered materials, devices, and conception of processes and systems.

The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation – This is a university-wide research initiative focused on improving energy efficiency and developing new, clean, affordable, smart, relevant, reliable and sustainably operational sources. The Institute’s focus includes the development of intelligent processes and materials in tandem to the understanding of energy and public policy.

The Claire and John Bertucci Nanotechnology Laboratory and Cleanroom – This 11,000 square foot Nanofabrication Clean Room features research capabilities in nanotechnology, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), magnetics, micro-robotics and miniature device manufacturing. Within there is space for up to three electron beam machines.  The facility features energy saving systems and a beautiful green roof garden atop that becomes the landscaped extension of the traditional Hornbostel Mall.

The Disruptive Health Technologies Institute – DHTI is an environment where disruptive health care innovations are clinically tested and rapidly delivered to patients. CMU researchers will lead the development of engineering, science, biomedical and health care delivery technologies in partnership with new institute clinicians.

OFFICE 52 in Carnegie Mellon Engineering Press Release

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New O52 building to house prestigious Scott Institute for Energy InnovationApril 2016

CMU announced that the OFFICE 52-designed Scott Hall will house The Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, which will work through the academic units of Carnegie Mellon University to find solutions for the nation’s and the world’s energy challenges including pathways to a low carbon future, smart grid, new materials for energy, shale gas, and building energy efficiency through research, education, and policymaker and public communication.

The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation is a university-wide research initiative at CMU focused on improving energy efficiency and developing new, clean, affordable and sustainable energy sources. The institute was created through a lead gift from CMU alumni Sherman Scott, president and founder of Delmar Systems, and his wife Joyce Bowie Scott.  The institute is named after Sherman Scott’s father, Wilton, and will be located in Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall, designed by OFFICE 52 Architecture on CMU’s Pittsburgh campus.  Using Carnegie Mellon’s expertise in integrated systems, problem-solving, and an understanding of the intersection of energy and public policy, the work of the institute concentrates on energy efficiencies and reliability, as well as smart operations, materials and processes.  CMU also announced that the building that OFFICE 52 designed will received funding from the Eden Hall Foundation for energy and biomedical research.

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OFFICE 52’s House C featured the OregonianApril 2016

OFFICE 52 Architecture’s design for House C in Portland, Oregon was featured in the 4/2/16 print edition of the Oregonian by Janet Eastman, who discusses our creative design process with our client and our use of physical models to explore ideas in conjunction with 3D computer drawings.

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PDF:  O52’s design for House C featured in the Oregonian


OFFICE 52’s House C featured on OregonLiveMarch 2016

OFFICE 52’s design for House C in Portland, Oregon is  featured in the 3/23/16 digital edition of OregonLive in an article by Janet Eastman in which she discusses our design process and the importance of physical study models in the conceptual visualization of the projects in the OFFICE 52 studio practice.  These physical models are tactile components of our design process that give clients a better understanding of the spaces and their relationship to the site in a project.  We use these models in tandem with sophisticated 3D visualization and drawings.

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OFFICE 52’s House C featured in The Wall Street JournalMarch 2016

The House C residence designed by OFFICE 52 Architecture is featured in the Real Estate section of The Wall Street Journal  in the March 2, 2016 digital edition and the March 4, 2016 print edition.  Article by Nancy Keates, “A New House Rises From the Ashes.”  @WSJ @WSJRealEstate #office52architecture #office52arch #house #home

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OFFICE 52 Founder interview on portland architecture blogFebruary 2016

An interview of OFFICE 52 Co-founder and Principal, Michelle LaFoe, AIA, Architect + Artist, on Brian Libby’s portland architecture website.

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PDF:  Michelle LaFoe_OFFICE 52_ArchitectsQuestionnaire_portlandarchitecture_2016

OFFICE 52’s work in World Forestry Institute ExhibitJanuary 2016

Join Michelle LaFoe + Isaac Campbell of OFFICE 52 Architecture for the exhibition of our hand fabricated wooden studio model of our design for the Warming Hut Structure, one of three components of an ensemble entitled, “Red, Yellow, Blue.”  The Exhibition of Wooden Architectural Models showcases models by designers and architects and is sponsored by the Architecture Foundation of Oregon and the World Forestry Center.

Opening Reception on Thursday, January 14, 2016 , 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Exhibition dates: 1/15/16 – 2/26/16

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OFFICE 52 invited to speak at CAA Annual ConferenceFebruary 2016

Join Michelle LaFoe on February 4, 2016 in Washington, D.C. for the Annual College Art Association Conference, where she was invited to talk about OFFICE 52 Architecture’s studio process of design in which they interweave advanced digital processes|technology with contemporary craft techniques and the materiality of glass for their design of Scott Hall at Carnegie Mellon University.  The talk is entitled, “Sublime Transformation with Dichroic Glass and Ceramic Glass Frit at Carnegie Mellon University” in the session “Window/Lens/Mirror: The Materiality of Glass in Modern and Contemporary Art.”  Link.

House C featured AIA Portland Homes TourSeptember 2015

OFFICE 52’s House C was chosen to be featured on the AIA Portland Homes Tour on October 3, 2015.  See the feature article in The Oregonian here: Link.  For event information: Link.


Michelle LaFoe presents at PKNight PDX – Vol. 16June 2015

Michelle LaFoe of OFFICE 52 was asked to present with a wildly creative group at PechaKucha 20×20 Night PDX – Vol. 16.


OFFICE 52 Lecture “Weaving Disciplines: Recent Work”April, 2015

Michelle LaFoe and Isaac Campbell of OFFICE 52 presented their firm’s recent work to a full house at Portland State University’s School of Architecture – Friday Forum on May 1, 2015.

OFFICE 52 Unveils Preliminary Design for UCSD Academic Learning CenterFebruary 2015

OFFICE 52 was commissioned by UC San Diego to provide preliminary designs for the University’s new 60,000 square-foot Academic Learning Center.  Located on a complex site along the Ridge Walk in Muir College, the new center will weave together programs for the University’s re-imagined Craft Center, an innovative Academic Learning Center, and flexible departmental space for academic functions.  Project Link

OFFICE 52 lecture at the University of HartfordFebruary 2015

As part of the Spring lecture series at the University of Hartford’s Department of Architecture, OFFICE 52 presented ‘Weaving Disciplines: The Recent Work of OFFICE 52’ on Wednesday, March 4th.

Sherman and Joyce Scott Tour Scott Hall ConstructionNovember 15, 2014

Sherman and Joyce Scott toured the construction of Scott Hall at Carnegie Mellon with Isaac Campbell of OFFICE 52, staff from the University and other members of the design and construction team.

Michelle LaFoe featured SAIC Alumni SpotlightJuly 2014

OFFICE 52 Principal Michelle LaFoe is featured in the Alumni Spotlight in the online publication of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.   Link

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Scott Hall featured SCUP-49 ConferenceJuly 2014

As part of the SCUP-49 Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, OFFICE 52’s innovative design of Scott Hall was featured in the official campus tour of Carnegie Mellon University with a guided talk by Isaac Campbell, OFFICE 52 Principal, and members of the University’s staff from Campus Design and Facility Development.  Photo by Jeremy Bittermann.

OFFICE 52 Lecture at Carnegie Museum of ArtApril 7, 2014

Isaac Campbell of OFFICE 52 was invited to lecture at the Carnegie Museum of Art for Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture spring lecture series.  Video Link

Scott Hall featured in CE magazineMarch 12, 2014

Scott Hall is featured in an article by Robert Reid in the March issue of CE Magazine. (PDF)

OFFICE 52 Presents Scott Hall Design to Carnegie Museum of ArtMarch 1, 2014

OFFICE 52 Architecture’s Isaac Campbell presented our design of  Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall to leadership from the Carnegie Museum of Art.  Participants included Museum Director Lynn Zelevansky, Deputy Director Sarah Minnart, and Raymund Ryan, Co-Curator of the Heinz Architectural Center.

Construction Web cam – Scott HallOctober 15, 2013

Carnegie Mellon University initiates web cams for the construction of Scott Hall. (Link)

OFFICE 52 projects in the OregonianMarch 2013

OFFICE 52 Architecture and its founders were featured in The Sunday Oregonian. (Link)

OFFICE 52 Lecture Carnegie Mellon University School of ArchitectureDecember 10, 2012

OFFICE 52 Architecture’s founders were invited to lecture at Carnegie Mellon University as part of the School of Architecture’s spring 2013 lecture series and talked about their design for Carnegie Mellon’s new Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall. The lecture was held on Monday, February 4th at 6:00 PM at the Carnegie Museum of Art Theater. (Link)

OFFICE 52 presents at Scott Hall Groundbreaking CeremoniesOctober 10, 2012

Isaac Campbell of OFFICE 52 Architecture presented to campus leaders and distinguished guests at the groundbreaking ceremonies for Carnegie Mellon University’s new Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall.  Video included in image link.

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Press Release of O52 Design by CMUJune 10, 2012

Press release by the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University of OFFICE 52 Architecture’s design for the New Nano Bio Energy Technologies Building.

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CMU’s former Dean Khosla of the College of Engineering talks about OFFICE 52’s design for the University’s new Nano Bio Energy Technologies Building.  (Link)



OFFICE 52 wins design competition for Nano Bio Energy Technologies BuildingAugust 5, 2011

OFFICE 52 has been selected from among 17 teams overall and from among 4 finalists in a national design competition for the commission to design Carnegie Mellon University’s new Nano Bio Energy Technologies Building. The new 78,000 SF building will provide essential collaborative research facilities for Nano Science, Materials Characterization, Biomedical Engineering and Energy research.

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