A renovation by Boston-based Anmahian Winton Architects has transformed Rhode Island Hall, a Greek Revival building at Brown University, into the new home for the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World. The architects introduced transparency and daylight between program spaces to encourage interaction between faculty and students.

Jury: “The design makes a clever reference to its archaeological interests by creating a ‘found object’ that is both beautifully detailed and sophisticated in expression. … The effort directed at dissolving the boundaries between student and teacher is admirable.”

Client: “It has fulfilled all our hopes and more. It offers all the basic elements: teaching space, offices, a library, work space—but all are integrated in a way that keeps people moving and talking. The design is beautiful and quirky. People can inhabit it in many ways: for lectures, for silent study, for small group discussions, for parties, for snoozing. But what really makes it is the light.” —Susan Alcock, director, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World