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Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation Awarded AIA’s 2017 Committee on the Environment Award

Jan. 11, 2018

Foster Campus atrium


By Dresden Hale

Baylor University’s Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation was awarded the Committee on the Environment Award (COTE) by The San Antonio chapter of The American Institute of Architects. The winners of the 2017 AIA San Antonio Design Awards were announced on November 29 at the People+Place Celebration at Zaza Gardens.

The Committee on the Environment Award is presented to a project that represents the principles of AIA’s Ten Measures of Sustainable Design. The principles envision the enduring prosperity of all living things and seek to create communities, buildings that contribute to that vision. Overland Partners, an architecture firm based out of San Antonio, designed the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation and directed the vision for the project.

“The building was designed to be a center of student life, not just for business students but for the entire campus. Our hope was to create a learning environment rooted in Baylor's deeply held values while demonstrating the University's commitment to an innovative future,” said Rick Archer, Founding Principal at Overland Partners.

The jury evaluated 60 entries from local architecture firms to select their winners. Other awards included the Twenty-Five Year Distinguished Building Award, the Mayor’s Choice Award, a Divine Detail Award, and Unbuilt Awards. The Place awards celebrate design excellence and help increase public awareness of the importance of architecture in everyday life.

“The Foster Campus was selected for the COTE Award because of how it solved complex environmental with simple, elegant solutions. It is particularly noteworthy because of the atrium that optimizes daylight and human comfort without putting an energy burden on the building,” said Archer.

The American Institute of Architects was formed in 1857 and has since represented the professional interests of America’s architects. AIA San Antonio unites the community of architects to advance architecture as a professional craft and shape a more livable and sustainable future.

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