Gallaudet University is the only bilingual liberal arts university in the world where education and research programs for deaf and hard of hearing students are conducted in American Sign Language (ASL) and English. The University benefits from an historic 99 acre campus, which is close to the Capitol, the U.S. National Arboretum, and the White House. The core of this was originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (known for New York’s Central Park) in 1866.
The Gallaudet University International Design Competition encompasses: the design of a new Gateway Plaza, a revitalization of the campus’ historic Olmsted Green, and the creation of a new public realm that will integrate the campus with the vibrant urban fabric of a wider regeneration project within Washington, D.C., including the emerging Florida Avenue Market area. This is adjacent to some of the city’s fastest growing and most dynamic mixed-use neighborhoods in NoMa and the H Street corridor.
The competition scope includes design proposals for a visitors’ pavilion located within the Gateway Plaza, as well as conceptual proposals for a landmark building at the epicenter of the campus, which will command views across a number of strategic routes.
Throughout its 150-year history, Gallaudet has served as both a premier academic institution and an internationally recognized centre for Deaf Culture.
GALLAUDET INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION
Current Jury Member List September 15, 2016
Benjamin J. Bahan, Ph.D.
Architect and Artist
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Graduate Student Association
Architect, Professor, Author
California College of the Arts
Institute for Human Centered Design
Executive Vice President for Retail
The JBG Companies
CEO Gallaudet University Foundation
Architect and Cofounder
Artist, choreographer and writer
Mabel O. Wilson