The New York Council of the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA NY) announced that three buildings by ikon.5 architects—the Learning Resource Center at Suffolk County Community College, Pippenger Hall for the Tiedemann College of Business at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and the Breazzano Family Center for Business Education at Cornell University—were winners in SARA NY's 2018 Design Awards Program at its Design Awards Ceremony and Banquet last night at Battery Gardens Restaurant in New York City.

The three-story, 68,000-square-foot home for the Kate Tiedemann College of Business won a SARA NY Award of Excellence and is designed to meet the needs of today’s business school students. A light-filled central commons and an adjacent scholar’s garden both support casual learning and encourage productive collisions between students and faculty as they move through the building. The building provides a welcoming face to the City of St. Petersburg and takes its cues from its Tampa Bay setting and the indigenous coral stone and its glass façades metaphorically recall the openings in regional organic coquina.

The Learning Resource Center on the Michael J. Grant Campus of Suffolk County Community College received a SARA NY Merit Award and is an innovative state-of-the-art library that provides a vibrant collection of study spaces organized around a dramatic social stair, located at the heart of the Michael J Grant campus. A central lantern rises above the building to create an iconic expression on the campus skyline, a beacon visible from all corners of the campus. The new building creates an intellectual heart for the commuter campus and keeps students on campus after their classes, fostering group study and other collaborative learning activities.

The SARA NY Merit Award-winning Breazzano Family Center for Business Education is the Executive Education building for the SC Johnson College of Business, and the first building within the off-campus Collegetown development. The building façade is a combination of clear and patterned glass, with a rhythmic arrangement of angled and straight projecting mullion-fins, colored compatibly with the salmon-orange brick of its neighbors. The variegated patterns serve to reduce the scale of the building, and setback upper floors facilitate a relationship with the smaller scale of adjacent buildings.

The Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) is a forum that provides opportunities for architects throughout the United States to unite as a common voice to work together for the betterment of the profession, for the advancement of all mankind and sustainability of the environment, and to foster the Golden Rule of "Architect helping Architect".

ikon.5 architects is a design-focused architectural practice located in Princeton, New Jersey, that provides its clients with innovative design solutions that exhibit a high level of craft, are aesthetically refined and carefully detailed, and achieve design excellence. Practicing nationally, their clients include colleges and universities, non-profit organizations, cultural institutions, governmental bodies, and global corporations. The firm works collaboratively with experts and users to distill an architecture that responds to a broad constituency, is uniquely tailored to its setting, and connects people with places and activities in meaningful ways. The firm’s collaborative working style, unwavering commitment to design excellence, and exceptional client service has resulted in a high level of return clients (50%) and earned the firm over 100 global design awards, as well as a nomination for a National Design Award by the Cooper Hewitt Museum (2013), and recognition as one of the top ten design firms in the United States by Architect magazine over the last six years. The firm is opening a second office, in New York City, on June 4, 2018.


Kristen Leone