Solicit new architects' drawings for the new 'Northeast Triangle' dorm
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Solicit new architects' drawings for the new 'Northeast Triangle' dorm

    1. Students and Alumni For a Better Georgetown
    2. Petition by

      Students and Alumni For a Better Georgetown

      Washington, DC

On July 2, 2013, Georgetown University revealed its plans for a new dorm on campus, across from the last patch of green space opposite Reiss, tenatively dubbed 'Northeast Triangle'.  The plans were developed by Boston-based Sasaki Associates, whose past experience includes developing residence halls at UC Riverside, Purdue University, and California State Polytechnic University.

Students and alumni were unanimous in their opposition to the uninspired, Eastern Bloc-like proposal, completely incongruous with Georgetown's rich architectural heritage, in addition to taking up one of the last remaining green spaces on campus. The Old Georgetown Board agreed, asking for the University to go back to the drawing board and produce alternatives for the next board meeting in September.

We understand that Georgetown is under time, land and budget constraints.  Nonetheless, in the past few years, other schools such as Princeton, Notre Dame, and Boston College have produced beautiful classical-style buildings (some of them in small lots, and yes, with LEED certification).  It can be done, and it should be done at Georgetown.

This new building will be with us for decades, if not centuries to come.  We deserve to seek out architects that have experience with designing buildings in a spirit and style that matches Georgetown's history, as seen in Healy, Old North and more, and not settle for another Darnall or New South out of expediency.

Students, alumni, neighbors and the Old Georgetown Board are asking for real alternatives.  Simply making some tweaks to the initial drawing are not enough.  

Below is a list of architectural firms who have recent experience in building residence halls of similar character to Georgetown; some even have specific past Georgetown building experience.  We ask only that Georgetown approach and solicit at least two of the below firms to produce a 'concept sketch' of their ideas for the residence hall, taking into consideration the time, budget and space issues.

If Sasaki can go back to the drawing board and produce an award-winning drawing that meshes seamlessly into the campus's best traditions, hats off to them.  But if we never see what other firms could have produced under the same circumstances, Georgetown cannot truthfully go back to the Old Georgetown Board in September and say they have honestly listened to the complaints and produced true alternatives for the students and alumni.

Architects:

1. Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, Inc.

TKA has recent experience designing BC's new Stokes Hall, as well as several buildings at Washington University.

2. Porphyrios Associates

Porphyrios designed Magdalen College Grove Quadrangle at Oxford University, as well as Whitman College at Princeton University.

3. Hartman-Cox

This D.C.-based architectural firm has done a number of impressive works, including a library at the University of Virginia, Duke University's Divinity School addition, the Kogod School of Business at American University, and Georgetown's McDonough Hall East Terrace Expansion.

4. Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Robert A.M. Stern Architects have designed a wide variety of academic buildings, including Harvard Business School, the Mason School of Business at William and Mary, and, closer to home, Southwest Quad and work on Georgetown's Master Plan.

5. Goody Clancy

Goody Clancy's recent work has also been Georgetown's - they designed the award-winning Rafik B. Hariri Building that houses the MSB.

To:
Georgetown University
Please approach and solicit at least two of the below firms to produce a 'concept sketch' of their ideas for the Northeast Triangle residence hall, taking into consideration the time, budget and space issues.

1. Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, Inc.
2. Porphyrios Associates
3. Hartman-Cox
4. Robert A.M. Stern Architects
5. Goody Clancy

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Georgetown refuses to consider new architect concepts

      Dr. Olson has indicated that Georgetown University is refusing to accede to the demands of hundreds of students, alumni and the Old Georgetown Board in merely soliciting new concept sketches of the building from other firms. We are severely disappointed that the University once again refuses to listen to its most important stakeholders - students - and will continue to fight for the needs of past, current and future students in the coming days and weeks ahead. The battle is not over.

      From The Hoya:

      "My response to the petition request is I understand students' concerns and their strong interest in this project. We are confident that Sasaski Associates are very capable, very creative, very experienced. We are not planning to solicit concept designs from any other architect," [Dr. Olson] said.

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    • Arthur Williams PERKASIE, PA
      • 10 months ago

      Student

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    • James Kelly JACKSON, MS
      • 12 months ago

      How many times do we look at other dated, aesthetically repugnant buildings with disdain (eg. Lauinger, Reiss), and wonder why our predecessors didn't have more foresight? We as alumni and students have a duty to voice our concern about this important issue. We invest too much of our money and our lives into Georgetown not to be proud of the university, and the built environment of the campus is a huge part of what makes up the Georgetown experience. This is a regret in the making, and we shouldn't have to settle for sub-par just because the administration have draw a line in the sand. Go back to the drawing board and come up with a design that will stand the test of time, or find someone who can.

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    • VAN BARKER NEWBURY PARK, CA
      • 12 months ago

      I dislike the look of the new proposed building. I would strongly prefer a more classic, traditional architectural design to match Healy Hall or Copley.

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    • Tom Brzozowski HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, OH
      • 12 months ago

      I care about my University and I too would like to enjoy the limited green space available.

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    • Christine Franck NEW YORK, NY
      • 12 months ago

      Because all of these buildings are examples of modern-day academic buildings: http://pinterest.com/cghfranck/academic-buildings/ why should Georgetown suffer Sasaki?

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