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December 2009 Issue

Research lab within the new CARE/Crawley building on UC's medical campus.
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CARE/Crawley Building Wins Award

Published December 2009

UC’s Center for Academic and Research Excellence (CARE)/Crawley Building has been selected for the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design American Architecture Awards program for 2009.

The program honors and celebrates the most outstanding new achievements and innovation for new architecture designed and built in the United States by leading American and international architecture firms. The CARE/Crawley Building is one of 64 new buildings, interiors, urban planning and landscape architecture projects selected for 2009 honors.

Officially opened in September 2008, the CARE/Crawley Building houses some of the most technically advanced laboratory research and teaching space in the nation. It creates an open, urban-like setting to encourage interactivity and a sense of collegial community.

San Francisco-based STUDIOS Architecture in collaboration with Harley Ellis Devereaux planned and designed the CARE/Crawley Building. It features a striking exterior design, open labs to foster collaboration and a nine-story glass-sided atrium, spanned by seven glass bridges, connecting it to the Medical Sciences Building.

 UC alumnus Eric Sueberkrop, a STUDIOS Architecture principal and lead designer on the project, also won the Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award for building design in 2002.

“The exposed laboratory space, the energy of the atrium and a dynamic site demonstrates to anyone who visits our campus that our medical research is filled with energetic people,” says Mary Beth McGrew, university architect and associate vice president, planning, design and construction.

The building is named for Edith Crawley, a UC alumna who bequeathed $12 million to the Academic Health Center to bolster research into eye disease for older adults. The Edith J. Crawley Vision Science Research Laboratory is on the fifth floor.

The building is also one of the “greenest” science buildings in the nation. It was designed with sustainability in mind, from the overall design to the materials and methods used on construction.

The Chicago Athenaeum is the only independent museum of architecture and design in the United States. The awards program was established in the 1990s, and this year’s program received hundreds of submissions. The jury for awards took place in Stuttgart, Germany, with German architecture and design practitioners serving as jury members.

All awarded projects can be found at

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