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Cornell University Africana Studies and Research Center completed

Thursday, 11 May 2006

BOSTON, MA — Shepley Bulfinch programmed, planned, and designed an addition and renovation that has created a new identity for the Africana Studies and Research Center, meets program needs, and captures the essence of Africana cultures and aesthetics. The $4,000,000 facility includes 6,000 new sf and 11,600 renovated sf. The multicolored brick cladding of the building’s exterior is arranged in three elaborate patterns that allude to African textiles. The $4,000,000 facility was envisioned as an ensemble of three pavilions, giving the feel of a mini-village with three distinct identities: scholarship (the library); community (the multipurpose room); and leadership (faculty and classrooms in the renovated building). The new state-of-the-art library ...[more]

Creation and assessment of collaborative innovation workspace

20 March 2015

VentureWell, Washington DC

Steve Erwin, Shepley Bulfinch
Joe Rondinelli, Shepley Bulfinch

Shepley Bulfinch 2010 Quote Cards

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Picking up where our annual posters left off, we designed and developed a series of bookmark-like cards for our 2010 annual mailing. They feature inspirational quotes on one side and architectural photo details on the other. The cards are die-cut with slots that allow them to interlock for assembly into a basic structure. These cards can also be used individually as bookmarks or pinned up for a daily dose of inspiration. A PDF of the cards can be downloaded here.

The format was inspired by the Eames House of Cards designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1952. The original 32 interlocking cards featured ...[more]

Cornell's Africana Center wins NOMA award

Sunday, 28 October 2007

Orlando, FL – Shepley Bulfinch and the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University received a citation in the Awards of Excellence at the annual meeting of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) on October 27. Ralph Jackson FAIA, the project’s Principal for Design, was present at the conference when the awards were announced.

Jurors called the Africana Center “spatially compelling” and called the project’s use of materials particularly powerful as a judging criterion. The Center uses brick patterns and textures to interpret African textiles. The Africana Center was one of four projects to be recognized with a citation. The NOMA Honor Award was presented to the architecture firm ...[more]

Cornell's Africana Studies Center in July Architectural Record

Tuesday, 3 July 2007

The award-winning Africana Studies Center at Cornell University was one of four projects showcased in the Brick Industry Association’s annual Brick in Architecture insert in the July issue of Architectural Record.

The $4,000,000 facility includes 6,000 new s.f. and 11,600 renovated s.f. of space. The palette and pattern of the Center’s brick exterior were inspired by the design of African textiles. The simplicity of the Center’s construction allowed the design team to meet the challenge of budget while satisfying its program, aesthetic and durability.

The project was completed in December 2005.

Cornell’s Africana Studies and Research Center receives award

Thursday, 6 July 2006

BOSTON, MA — The Africana Studies and Research Center designed by Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott at Cornell University has received the 2006 Gold in Brick Architecture Award. The multicolored brick cladding of the building’s exterior is arranged in three elaborate patterns that allude to African textiles. The earth-tone shades of brick encapsulate the African palette, while the modular shape is perfectly suited to patterning. The cultural and natural beauty of Africa is suggested by the use of deep, saturated colors and bold patterning adapted from sources such as the Jenne Mosque of Mali, Kente cloth and Adinkra symbols for unity, human relations and knowledge. Clay brick ...[more]

Modern Healthcare ranks Shepley among top healthcare design firms

Monday, 17 March 2014

East Tennessee Children's HospitalIn a survey released today, Modern Healthcare ranked Shepley Bulfinch 43rd among the top healthcare architecture firms in the country in the magazine’s 2014 Construction and Design Survey.

No surprise here, given our broad healthcare portfolio. Our current work includes a number of major pediatric projects, including the new Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo; a major addition and renovation at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville; a new patient tower for Children’s Hospital of Michigan; and a range of projects for Boston Children’s Hospital. The Gardner ...[more]

(Almost) Do-it-yourself large-scale space auditing

27 July 2011

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP 46), Washington DC

Annie Newman, Shepley Bulfinch
Mary-Lynn Cummings, Cornell University
Convener: Trina Mace Learned, Northfield Mount Hermon School