University of Arizona Memorial Student Union

Arranged around pedestrian circulation paths and influenced by immediate architectural context, the Memorial Student Union takes advantage of the Arizona climate by using exterior non- and semi-conditioned space for circulation and programmatic functions. A recessed sculpture garden frames the gentle curves of the Kiva lounge and art gallery in an active outdoor plaza. A soft transition from interior to exterior allows programs like the ballroom pre-function area to take full advantage of its shaded location. Receiving national award-winning recognition, the student center is a contextually relevant and iconic image for the campus.

SERVICES: Programming, Master Plan, Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture

AWARDS & RECOGNITION:
National ACUI Facility Design Award

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Design Challenge
OCCUPANCY AND CONSTRUCTION
Systematically replaced and expanded the student union while remaining open during construction.

Information
BY THE NUMBERS
Tucson, AZ | 395,000 SF | 2003

Earth Centered
Reduced cooling load via exterior shaded walkways. Exterior shading at south windows. Reduced heat island effect via white roofing. Reduced water usage via drought tolerant landscaping.