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School for International Service

Quinn Evans Architects

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4400 Massachusetts Ave NW



The American University


  • William McDonnough + Partners
  • Mechanical Engineer: GHT Limited
  • Structural Engineer: McMullan Assocaites
  • Protection Engineering Group
  • Civil Engineer: Delon Hampton & Associates
  • Lighting Designer: Gary Steffy Lighting Design

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192,615 sq. feet

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Project Description

Transparency and equity were the core values that informed every aspect for the new School of International Service at American University. As a symbol of the school’s tradition of global service, the LEED Gold certified building provides a vibrant setting for teaching, research and public dialogue. The building features a multilevel, light-filled atrium which is the hub of this dynamic building. The concourse unites students, faculty, administration and staff in an energized shared commons, promoting transparency and face-to-face interaction.

Located on the University’s central quadrangle in a prominent location facing the surrounding urban neighborhood, the new state-of-the-art academic building frames an important entry point into the campus.
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