Project Overview

The new four-story facility for the University of Iowa’s School of Art and Art History is designed around a central atrium and brings together a diverse array of traditional art disciplines like ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, painting and drawing with more digitally-minded photography, 3-D design, graphic design, and video art departments. It also includes graduate student studios, faculty and staff studios and offices, and gallery space.

The unique design brings natural light into spaces throughout the four-plus story structure, an important feature for art studio spaces. The building envelope is clad with zinc and stainless steel plate panels, channel glass wall systems, operable windows and a green roof. The concrete frame construction is supported on drilled pier foundations. The new building replaces the 1935 Art Building, which was heavily damaged during a flood of the University of Iowa campus in June 2008.

Education Market Leader

Megan Prestebak / Vice President, Education, Education
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University of Iowa


126,597 SF


March 2016

Architect / Engineer:

Steven Holl Architects | BNIM Architects


Seeking Silver LEED Certification


  • ENR Midwest Best Projects Award - Higher Education / Research category
  • Architect’s Newspaper Building of the Year Award: Midwest
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) NY Honor Award
  • Interior Design - Best of the Year Award - Education
  • The Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Prize
  • Society of American Registered Architects (SARA), 2017 Design Awards, Design Award of Excellence
  • Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association (IRMCA) - Excellence in Concrete Award
  • Commercial New Construction Program, Excellence in Energy Efficient Design Award (67% Annual kBTU Savings)


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