National Architectural Society
Honors UAlbany's Sculpture Studio
Contact: Karl Luntta (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (November 30, 2004) -- The architectural
design of the University at Albany's Boor Sculpture
Studio has been honored by the Society of American
Registered Architects (SARA). The award was
presented to the architectural firm Perkins
Eastman of New York City, who designed the studio,
in October at the Society’s 48th Annual National
Convention in Chicago.
Completed in 2002, UAlbany’s sculpture facility
sits on its main campus, designed by Edward
Durrell Stone. The 20,000 square-foot studio
houses state-of-the-art metalworking, foundry,
kiln, woodshop, multimedia, and individual studios
and classrooms for graduate sculpture students,
faculty, and visiting artists. The structure
is composed of a glass wall surrounding a freestanding
grid of zinc panels and a cantilevered rain
canopy. The vocabulary of the exterior continues
into the interior of the building, with zinc
panels wrapping the main black box gallery and
lecture space, while a large zinc-clad rolling
door allows the space to open onto the entry
lobby during special functions and exhibits.
In their citation, the SARA jury remarked that
the studio was an “exciting, inviting and creative
place to work and study."
The studio is named in honor of benefactor
Terri Cosma Boor, a Loudonville, N.Y. sculptor
who has also been a student at the University.
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