Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee Receives Two Awards from AIA Potomac Valley for Knight Hall at University of Maryland, College Park

Photo © Ken Wyner Photography

October 23, 2009 (Silver Spring, Maryland) — Grimm + Parker Architects (Architect of Record) and Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee (Associate Architect) received two awards from the Potomac Valley Chapter of the AIA for Knight Hall, the Merrill College of Journalism’s new building at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Merit Award (Built Institutional Project)
Knight Hall
University of Maryland, College Park

Sustainable Honor Award
Knight Hall
University of Maryland, College Park

Photo © Ken Wyner Photography

The awards ceremony was in Silver Spring, Maryland on October 22, 2009. Of the ten projects selected for Citations, Merit, and Honor awards by the AIA Arizona jury, the two Knight Hall awards were the only ones given to institutional projects this year.

The Chair commented that the jury members recognized the challenges of working on a Georgian dominated campus and appreciated the contemporary response to a traditional campus including the use of materials, both panels and brick. The jury also noted, “The interior space has a very nice scale to it. It feels comfortable to be in and pass through the space.”

The Sustainable Honor Award was given for exceptional design that advances environmental stewardship.This award was selected from the ten design award winners for the project that best illustrated that sustainability and good design should be one and the same. 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. The jury commented, “This project is very environmentally responsive and still shows design excellence.” They also commented, “The water harvesting strategies are strong. The use of natural daylighting and louvered daylighting is a strong aspect that should be commended.”

For more about the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, visit

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