Alumni eNewsletter: Gallaudet selects Hall McKnight as winner of international design competition (Archives)

Special note: A memo from President Cordano was sent to the campus community on Tuesday, November 15, announcing Hall McKnight had been selected as the winner of the International Design Comeptition. The architectural firm will focus on redefining Gallaudet's landscape from Sixth Street and Florida Avenue.

Dear Campus Community:

Click here to view this letter in American Sign Language.

I am pleased to announce that Gallaudet University’s Executive Team has selected Hall McKnight of Belfast, Ireland, as the winner of our International Design Competition.

Gallaudet and its development partner,The JBG Companies, worked in conjunction with London-based competition organizers Malcolm Reading Consultants on the three-stage design competition to create a Gallaudet building at 6th Street and Florida Avenue and to redefine the University's urban edge as a vibrant, mixed-use, creative, and cultural district through public realm and landscape design.

Hall McKnight was selected out of 51 architectural firms from 11 countries. The Hall McKnight team has extensive experience working with higher education institutions, including King’s College in London. Team members include Alastair Hall and Ian McKnight, and deaf architect Richard Dougherty, who will serve as the team’s project architect.

The competition was narrowed to four finalist teams who came to campus three times to meet with stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, teachers, and alumni. The teams also learned about the campus itself to see how their designs would best fit with our University. On the fourth visit, the teams were interviewed by a distinguished jury of experts; the jury then advised the Executive Team. The Executive Team selected Hall McKnight. To learn more about the distinguished jury members who participated in the design competition, click here.

The project will feature DeafSpace design principles, which use the unique ways-of-being of deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind people to construct a better built environment for people of all sensibilities. Examples of DeafSpace can be found on the Gallaudet campus in several buildings.

The design competition was based on conceptual designs. As the official designs are developed, the Gallaudet community will have the opportunity to comment and provide feedback.

We look forward to working with Hall McKnight and the Gallaudet community as we create a special and vibrant place on 6th Street!


Roberta Cordano

Posted: 30 Nov 2016

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