Creating the Adler School of Professional Psychology’s $10 million, 101,600-square-foot campus, in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, required the demolition and buildout of a private ground-floor entrance lobby and the upper two floors of 17 North Dearborn. To determine the balance between community and personal spaces in the initial 55,000 square CAPACITY1,360COST PER SQ FT$98.43CITATIONRenovation/Modernization CitationFEATURED IN2011 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation of programming, the architect led a process that included a 75-person visioning session, dozens of individual interviews with representatives of all the school’s eight departments and constituency groups, and meetings with the Adler School’s executive team.
With more than twice the square footage of the Adler School’s former home, the new campus reflects the Adler School’s culture of interaction and community service while offering its students ample space for quiet study and reflection. Its two floors offer 27 classrooms with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, a library commons that seats 70 and includes dedicated space for instructional support, collaborative workspaces, a wellness studio for yoga and meditation, and administrative offices. Two-story open atriums with grand staircases connect the two floors at each end. The school is seeking LEED gold certification for the project.
"Variety of collaborative spaces. There is a nice contrast of the ceilings to the warmth of the flooring, walls and furniture."--2011 jury