On November 15th, join us in exploring new frontiers – in our geographic reach, in the advancements of our staff, and in our commitments to climate action and equity in architecture.
Join us for an evening of exploration.
Friday, November 15, 2019
5:00 – 9:00pm
November 15, 2019
5:00 – 9:00pm
Indigenous Mayans have the fewest opportunities of any group in Guatemala. In the Mayan village of Centro Uno, there is no middle/high school, prompting 80% of children to leave school before the 9th grade. Organized by the Building Goodness Foundation, a group of volunteers, including VMDO, traveled to Guatemala to work with the community to design a school focused on developing functional skills and career opportunities
Trinity is a coeducational, independent day school in New Orleans serving 350 PreK-8 grade students. VMDO and Trapolin-Peer Architects are developing a ten-year roadmap for the campus’s development that reinforces the school’s commitment to academic excellence and the spiritual, physical, and artistic growth of each student.
The University of Wyoming College of Law has been recognized by major journals and ranking organizations as a leading institution for clinical legal education and practical skills training. The new addition will build on this strong history and commitment to public legal service by providing community-rich spaces that enhance students' training as both scholars and practitioners.
VMDO’s Master Plan for a flagship public library in Rockland County, New York crafts a new vision for what a modern library experience can be for a diverse and expanding user group. While honoring the building’s historic role as a communal source for information and resources, improvements to the library aspire to transform this much-loved community asset into an inspiring and visionary home for the young and old alike.
Thurston Hall is George Washington University's largest first year residence hall. With the intent to draw students out of their rooms and into opportunities to live, learn, and develop as a community, the renovation integrates academic and social experiences around a lively courtyard with views, clear orientation, and destinations for collaboration. VMDO's concept for the renovation was the winning design as part of an invited competition.
Connection to nature and preservation of open space were essential to designing the new Lubber Run Community Center. As a result, parking and some programs are located underground to allow for increased outdoor amenities. Through the integration of building and landscape, the Center offers a net-zero energy response to an urban challenge – ultimately creating a shared public amenity that is greater and greener for residents.
Fleet Elementary School is VMDO’s second of three net-zero energy schools for Arlington Public Schools. A four-story school located on a tight urban site with an existing middle school, Fleet’s compact footprint of 38,720 SF includes a full sized gymnasium, stage, dining commons, kitchen, administration, and all PreK and Kindergarten classrooms on the ground floor with direct access outside. The school’s massing defers to the neighborhood context, reinforcing the school’s connection to the community, while providing various playscapes, hands-on learning opportunities, and graphic installations that celebrate the school's sustainable design.
Following a Campus Master Plan decision to demolish and replace three major buildings in the middle of campus, Clemson set out to fundamentally re-imagine its Core Campus precinct. 260,000 square feet of new and replacement space includes three residence halls, an honors college, residential and retail dining, and strategic doses of academic space that create a vibrant cross-section of campus life at the heart of campus.
A top engineering and science university, Georgia Tech needed a design that would allow students to experience the kinds of spaces they will one day live and work in – specifically, flexible spaces that dissolve boundaries between work and play, study and socializing. The design of a glass-wrapped connector building, situated between the two residence halls, supports and showcases a nearly endless combination of student activities while creating a graceful strategy for surmounting a topographically challenging site.
VMDO's Housing Master Plan will transform housing at Florida's flagship university with new residential facilities, a new honors college, and athletics housing that will support the university's vision to become a national Top 5 public university over the next decade. Grounded in research, influenced by academic scholarship, and rooted in a detailed understanding of the University’s existing facilities and conditions, the recommendations of this plan will support a signature experience and strengthen UF’s position as a preeminent national university.
With a campus architecture that creates a magnetic destination and compelling home for first year students, VMDO won the competition for the University of Miami’s Centennial Village. The 522,000 square foot Centennial Village enriches the first year experience by fostering academic, social, and community relationships. The first WELL v.2 registered residence hall in the country, Centennial Village leveraged an iterative design process to optimize form and performance through the lenses of student health, sustainability, and resilience.
With support from VMDO, the nonprofit organization Kickoff to Hope and local Burundi engineers and builders are planning to construct a sports complex comprised of a 1,000-seat sports hall and soccer pitch centered inside a 200-meter track. The complex will serve as a community center for the people of Burundi to enjoy a range of sports as well as a place for educational programming focused on sports medicine, nutrition, training, strength and conditioning, and fitness.