Pritzker Hall Wins AIA National Architecture Award
We are honored to share the UCLA Pritzker Hall Modernization won a 2023 AIA National Architecture Award! The awards program celebrates the best in contemporary architecture regardless of size, style, or budget. Only 16 projects were selected for the award this year from nationwide submissions. Originally designed by legendary black architect Paul Revere Williams, FAIA, the 82,000-SF modernization of Pritzker Hall extends the lifespan of an iconic campus building.
The design promotes collaboration among students and faculty while enhancing the identity and visibility of the psychology department with renovations to eight floors of offices, classrooms and research spaces. A refreshed facade and two-story lobby space welcome the campus community while reflecting the original design intent.
"UCLA’s stewardship of Pritzker Hall allowed us to design upgrades to the facility while retaining iconic architect Paul Revere Williams’ original design language.”Scott Kelsey, FAIA, Principal
A structural upgrade provides slender structural viscous dampers, which act as building “shock absorbers” during a seismic event, at the double-height exterior arcade and at selected locations inside the building. Mechanical systems are refurbished and upgraded. New landscaping, benched areas, entry stairs, ADA ramp and guardrails enhance the entry plaza’s functionality and aesthetics.
The preservation of Pritzker Hall honors the legacy of prolific African American architect Paul Revere Williams. His work can be found throughout Los Angeles for the homes of Hollywood stars, the Beverly Hills Hotel and parts of the Los Angeles International Airport. Williams was a trailblazer who served as a voice for minorities in the architecture and design community and paved the way for more African American architects to follow in his footsteps.
See all the 2023 AIA National Architecture Award winners and read Pritzker's project showcase here.