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Studzinski Recital Hall Architect Named Nation's Best

Story posted June 01, 2009

Architect magazine has named William Rawn Associates, the Boston architectural firm that transformed the former Curtis Pool into the Studzinski Recital Hall and Kanbar Auditorium, to the top of its list of the 50 best firms in the country.

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William Rawn on the cover of Architect magazine

William Rawn himself appears on the cover of the Architect's May 2009 issue.

The magazine's annual survey, The Architect 50, bases its national ranking of firms on a metric that includes sustainability, design awards and business acumen.

"William Rawn Associates has become the go-to design architect for elite universities and liberal arts colleges such as Yale, Stanford, Amherst and Swarthmore," reads the article.

Read the Architect magazine article.

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Kanbar Auditorium in Studzinski Recital Hall

Studzinski Recital Hall and Kanbar Auditorium opened in May 2007 after an 18-month renovation and preservation project that transformed the Curtis Pool into a state-of-the-art music performance and practice facility.

The $15 million project was made possible through the generosity of Trustee John Studzinski '78 and Elliott Kanbar '56.

Design Awards

Recital Hall Slideshow
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Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Music Cristle Collins Judd describes how music, art, learning and athletics interconnect in Bowdoin's transformed cultural spaces — including the newly completed Studzinski Recital Hall and Kanbar Auditorium.

(View using Quicktime)

Studzinski Recital Hall and Kanbar Auditorium have won numerous design awards, including:

  • 2008 Honor Award for Design from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New England Chapter
  • 2008 Honor Award of Interior Design Excellence from the Boston Society of Architects
  • 2008 Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture for Restoration or Preservation from the Society of College and University Planning/American Institute of Architects (SCUP/AIA)
  • 2008 Merit Award in Architecture from the United States Institute of Theatre Technology
  • 2007 Honor Award for Design Excellence, Higher Education Facilities, from the Boston Society of Architects


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