Maryland Architect Magazine Highlights Gateway in Summer 2010 Issue
Posted 09.10.09 by MICA Communications
Architecture of an international standard
BALTIMORE--The Maryland State Component of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Maryland) on Sept. 9, 2009 presented MICA with an Honor Award for excellence in design of the Gateway, a mixed-use residential building that opened in August 2008 at 1601 W. Mount Royal Ave. The building was designed by Baltimore-based international architectural firm RTKL, which kicked off the process in November 2004 with a young designers competition for its annual firm-wide design conference. Conceived by young architects for use by young artists and designers, the Gateway is a dynamic facility combining residence life, professional development and student life programming.
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The Gateway's unusual design, which includes a drum-shaped, multi-colored glass, concrete and steel residence wing and a translucent glass studio/residential tower, continues MICA's commitment to design excellence on a campus that combines new construction with adaptive re-use of historic structures. It is the first major architectural landmark visible when entering Baltimore from the north on Interstate 83. With its landscaped public plaza, the Gateway creates a dramatic northern entrance to Baltimore's Mount Royal Cultural District and is the northernmost anchor for MICA's campus.
Here's what the AIA of Maryland jurors had to say about the Gateway: "architecture of an international standard," "dynamic and active courtyard," "touches the ground well," "creates a sense of artistic community, a modern cloister," "very sophisticated facade," "extraordinary."
Michael Molla, vice president for operations, Lucille Hughes, associate vice president for development, alumni and parent relations, and Trustee Ronald Fidler '64, chair of MICA's Buildings and Grounds Committee and its Alumni Council, received the award at AIA Maryland's annual meeting and design awards at Historic London Town and Gardens in Edgewater, Md., on behalf of the College.
Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 65 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.