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Nicholas E. Vlattas, FAIA, Hanbury's Fifth Fellow

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Project  |  Architecture

North Campus Residence Hall and Dining Commons

University of Chicago

In 2012, Hanbury worked with the University of Chicago to expand their house concept and developed the program, planning and concept for 800 students, faculty-in-residence accommodations, dining and academic space. The community was sited in a new residential precinct on the north edge of campus. 

The University is known for its high-level intellectual energy, fostered in part by a unique system of on-campus residences made up of 35 houses. These communities of about 100 students from all four years who eat, study, debate, and play together, sharing a cluster of individual rooms and common areas within the larger residence halls. Each has its own traditions and culture, with an independent house council and resident staff. 

Following the program and concept development, Hanbury partnered with Studio Gang Architects for final design in a design-build competition. The new community, is comprised of eight houses; dining, retail, lounge, and multi-purpose rooms; offices and classrooms; and a community commons, as well as residence staff and resident master apartments. Each house features a “hub” consisting of three floors each that acts as “a house within a house,” connecting all levels physically and visually. The lowest floor of the hub acts as the living room and kitchen, with a dining area and lounge seating in the main gathering space. The mid-level has an entertainment area for TV and video games, and smaller seating areas for group discussion or study. The uppermost level of each hub hosts study and meeting space overlooking the levels below. Meanwhile, private community courtyards offer a place to gather, study and relax with the members of your house.

Diversity is an intentionally designed component of this work; a cross section of students’ academic and extracurricular interests and cultural backgrounds stimulates a high level of personal growth. Space is intentionally designed to promote engagement an well being.

“We are so pleased with your work here at the University of Chicago, and have benefited greatly from your insight, knowledge of the industry, and responsiveness. Many thanks for your ongoing collaborations.”

–Steven Wiesenthal, FAIA, Senior Vice President and University Architect, University of Chicago

Project  |  Architecture

Residential Honors College

Purdue University

The Purdue Honors College is designed to provide meaningful opportunities to enhance the honors student experience. The Honors College includes over 40,000 sf (of 320,000 total sf) of space dedicated to academics. The residences, which are designed in a ‘pod’ configuration are integral with the College and provide a home to more than 800 interdisciplinary scholars. The Honors College creates a complete ‘living/learning’ environment in which every student can feel connected, learn, and grow as they each pursue their academic and social lives.Working with the Dean of the College, students, faculty and staff, the Hanbury team engaged early with Purdue to develop the initial feasibility study which articulated the goals, vision, program, master plan, siting options and budget for the Honors College. The initial document also served as a fundraising tool.  Following the feasibility study, Hanbury was selected to develop the final design, in association with CSO Architects. The Honors College is a vibrant community, bringing faculty, administration, staff and students together daily. The College includes offices for the dean, faculty and support staff as well as a STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts and Agriculture, Math) class lab, and a Computer Col-lab (the next generation of computer lab encouraging student interaction). There is also an Honors Hall with seating for more than 400 for presentations, lectures, movies and, when not reserved for an activity, group and individual studying. The Honors College and Residences also feature multiple large and small study rooms, reading rooms, recreational lounges, community living rooms and a retail dining operation.The Honors College is sited along a main artery of Purdue University’s campus adjacent to the Windsor neighborhood, a group of historic residences cherished by the Purdue community. The University desired the Honors College to complement the massing and materiality of the historic structures yet provide 21st Century learning spaces that clearly communicate the innovation and state of the art learning that happens daily in the College. 

Project  |  Architecture

McMurtry and Duncan Residential Colleges

Rice University

Residential colleges are a signature strength of the Rice campus, and these new colleges help the University strategically grow by sustaining the culture of the colleges. As an outgrowth of the strategic plan prepared by Hanbury, these two new residential colleges complete the residential area on the north campus. Each College houses 328 students. The Colleges provide the traditional features of residential colleges including dedicated dining commons, libraries, master’s residences, civic space, and green space. The dining commons converts to theatre spaces for the respective colleges. 

Both Colleges are designed to achieve Rice’s 2006 pledge to make all new buildings meet the National Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Hanbury led the energy modeling effort for each of the colleges. Special features assist in the monitoring of energy use in the buildings. Additional features include the use of ‘green roof’ terraces, prefabricated bathrooms, and rainwater collection. The project was designed in collaboration with Hopkins Architects, London.

“The planning of the colleges was inspired by the 2004 Rice University Master Plan Study, but the elegant and subtly nuanced final design provided a living and learning environment that hardly could be imagined or surpassed.”

Barbara White Bryson, former Associate VP for Facilities Engineering and Planning