13th August 2018

Cohen Quadrangle shortlisted for World Architecture Festival award


Cohen Quadrangle, Exeter’s new site on Walton Street, has been shortlisted for a World Architecture Festival award in the Higher Education and Research Completed Building category.

The World Architecture Festival is an annual festival and prestigious awards ceremony for the architecture industry, first held in Barcelona in 2008. At the festival around 200 shortlisted projects compete for awards in 31 categories.

Cohen Quad was designed by Alison Brooks Architects and opened in January 2017. It provides research and teaching space, including the Neil Blair Special Collections Reading Room and the FitzHugh Auditorium, student accommodation, and social spaces such as the Dakota Cafe and the Learning Commons. It will compete in the Higher Education and Research Completed Building category against buildings from around the world, including the Simon Sainsbury Centre at the University of Cambridge’s Judge Business School, the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre in Saudi Arabia, the Law and Management building for the University of Waikato, New Zealand, the Macquarie University Incubator, Australia, and the Royal Academy of Music’s  Theatre and new Recital Hall in London.

The shortlisted architects will present their projects at an event in Amsterdam this November. Over 130 judges from 35 countries will choose the winners during the event. The judges are all renowned architects and industry professionals.

Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, gives a Rector’s Seminar in the FitzHugh Auditorium 

The exterior of the FitzHugh Auditorium

Dakota Cafe at Cohen Quad

The Dakota Cafe

formal opening of neil blair special collections reading room

Inspecting some of the College’s special collections in the Neil Blair Special Collections Reading Room

Exterior view of Cohen Quad from Worcester Place

The Learning Commons at Cohen Quad

The Learning Commons provides a varied space for people to meet and study

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