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University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Architecture
Las Vegas, Nevada

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Architecture was designed to accommodate architecture, urban planning, interior design, landscape design and construction management programs. The project was awarded as the result of a national competition.

The award-winning design features a flexible, two-story day-lit design library and galleria which is also used for evening lectures and design critiques (or "crits"). The bridged main lobby connects the library to computer labs, research space, classrooms and model shops on the ground floor.

The two-story "crits" gallery opens onto an enclosed courtyard for sculpture and project display connected by a grand staircase easel. Second level studios open into a common pinup area and workspace to promote interaction between grade levels and disciplines.

The building incorporates exposed structural systems to heighten student awareness of how construction systems come together to create a building. Day-lighting views and orientation make this 72,000-square-foot school of architecture a valuable tool for both teaching and learning.

*Project designed by Stephen L. Swisher, AIA while with the firm Swisher & Hall, AIA.