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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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