The University of Oregon’s Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact earned honors in the Society for College and University Planning’s (SCUP) 2021 Excellence Awards in the SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture category.
The annual, juried honors recognize institutions for strategic, integrated planning that results in exemplary buildings and grounds, institutional success and careers that inspire.
The UO celebrated the grand opening of the first building of the Knight Campus, a 160,000 square-foot, best-in-class facility, in December. Ennead Architects in New York and Bora Architects in Portland served as the lead architects on the project, with Hoffman Construction as the general contractor. The Knight Campus was made possible by a $500 million lead gift from Penny and Phil Knight—the largest gift ever to a public flagship institution—and $70 million in state bonds, along with continued private philanthropy.
“This award honors the hard work of a diverse collection of creative minds, from faculty members to architects, who collaborated to produce an amazing facility. Because of the effectiveness of the team, the Knight Campus is a tribute to collaborative design that integrates form with function.”
— Darin Dehle, UO director of design and construction
“We are honored that the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact at the University of Oregon is being recognized by the SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture Awards. This award not only celebrates the building but acknowledges its transformative human-centered design that supports researchers as they advance the initiative’s mission to shorten the timeline between discovery, development, and deployment of innovations that will have positive societal impact.”
The design intent serves the impact cycle, a foundational idea of the Knight Campus best represented by the concepts of discovery, development, and deployment. The building is home to discovery at the lab bench; the development of biomedical devices and therapies; and the deployment of new technologies to the marketplace, where products, innovations, or cures impact people’s lives. The building’s design accelerates the impact cycle by efficiently bringing people together and encouraging collaboration.