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American Institute of Architects Honors Two Firms

Both have designed buildings at Dartmouth

The Santa Monica, Calif.-based architectural firm Moore Ruble Yudell has received the 2006 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Architecture Firm Award. Given annually, the award is the highest honor the AIA confers on architectural firms and recognizes practices that have consistently produced distinguished designs for ten years or more. Moore Ruble Yudell is the architectural firm for Dartmouth's McLaughlin Residential Cluster and Kemeny Hall and Haldeman Center, currently under construction. The firm has also been selected for the Class of 1953 Commons, still in the design phase. The Commons will be a new dining facility at the north end of the campus, adjacent to the McLaughlin Residential Cluster.

Rendering of the McLaughlin Residential Cluster
A rendering of the McLaughlin Residential Cluster, designed by Moore Ruble Yudell. (Rendering by Al Forster)

In a press release announcing the award, AIA Committee on Design Chair Michael Franklin Ross said, "The firm has consistently produced an outstanding body of work rooted in a deep commitment to humanistic architecture. Their work is widely admired for its spirited celebration of habitation at many scales and its respect for people, context, and place."

Closer to home, the New Hampshire chapter of the AIA has presented a 2006 Excellence in Architecture Merit Award to Randall T. Mudge and Associates, an architectural firm based in Lyme, N.H., for the design of Dartmouth's Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse.

The 6,500-square-foot clubhouse, which was dedicated last September, serves both women's and men's rugby teams. Its amenities include locker rooms, a trophy room, a referee room, and a club room with a fireplace. The jurors commented, "The building speaks for itself and the durability of it works well with its function."

Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse
The Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse, designed by Randall T. Mudge and Associates, at dedication ceremonies last fall. (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Rugby Magazine, which covered the clubhouse's dedication events, was also impressed with the facility. The October 2005 issue states, "Dartmouth's striking clubhouse and two magnificent fields, set against the green New Hampshire hills, has raised the bar significantly."

By SARAH BENELLI

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Last Updated: 12/17/08