Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee Receives AIA Maryland Award for Knight Hall at University of Maryland, College Park

Photo © Kenneth Wyner Photography

Grimm + Parker Architects (Architect of Record) and Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee (Associate Architect) received the following award at the AIA Maryland Annual Awards Gala, held on September 2, 2010.

2010 AIA Maryland Citation Award
Knight Hall
University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Knight Hall houses the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park campus, offering undergraduate and graduate programs in print, broadcast, and online journalism, and is consistently regarded as one of the top programs in the country. Knight Hall is a  office and classroom building that both fits its historical campus context while creating a modern, high-tech environment that puts the institution at the forefront of the journalism profession in the 21st Century.

Knight Hall provides a balance of instructional spaces, faculty offices and professional outreach centers organized around a daylit, two-story Great Hall public space.  Instructional spaces include 4 news labs, 2 seminar rooms, a 70-seat broadcast theater, a multifunctional studio/editing lab and a 24/7 multimedia open lab space. The third-floor houses professional training centers which are epicenters of media study and national advocacy. A variety of public spaces encourage frequent interactions between students, faculty and journalism professionals. Throughout the building, Knight Hall demonstrates transparency as one of the core fundamentals of journalism by offering views into spaces and revealing and sharing their various functions.

Built on a former parking lot, Knight Hall embodies the University’s commitment to sustainability by becoming the campus’ first University-owned LEED building — achieving LEED-Gold Certification. Daylighting and exterior views are provided to nearly all occupied spaces, reinforcing the design and journalistic principal of transparency.

For more about the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, visit

For more information about Grimm + Parker Architects, visit

For more information on Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee, visit


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