The Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design

Merit Award - Less than $15 million

In 1952, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed a house for the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity on the main campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, but funding cuts relegated the plans to the MoMA archives. Exactly 70 years later, students now get to enjoy that space--not as a fraternity house, but as a design school.

Judge comment: “It’s amazing to see that the team was able to honor the original design that Mies had. You can’t separate the idea of steel and the idea of that building--steel is the only thing that could make that building work. When it’s executed at that level, with that sensibility for detail and attention to the original intent of the architect, it’s a magical experience to see a building come together like that.” -Anders Lasater, AIA, architect and principal, Anders Lasater Architects

Owner: Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.
Architect: Thomas Phifer & Partners, New York
Structural engineer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Chicago
General contractor: CDI Inc., Terre Haute, Ind.

  • Project Category: Year 2023
  • Location: Bloomington, IN
  • Submitting Firm: SOM
  • Photo Credit: 1, 2, 3, 4 - Hadley Fruits; 5, 6 - SOM; 7, 8 - Anna Powell Denton