Architecture Professor of Practice Tom Chung’s Firm Wins Education Facility Design Award

John W. Olver Design Building at UMass Amherst, courtesy of Albert Vecerka | ESTO

Professors of Practice, as defined by Auburn University, are distinguished professionals, either practicing or retired, who have significant experience in a particular field or discipline. Newly appointed Professor of Practice Tom Chung contributes to the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (APLA) in many ways, sharing his experience in professional practice with students and faculty through design studios and lectures. Chung is Principal at the architecture firm Leers Weinzapfel Associates (LWA), which was recently honored with the 2022 Education Facility Design Award by the American Institute of Architects’ Committee on Architecture for Education.

LWA received the award for its work on the Olver Design Building at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This award is given for excellence in the design of state-of-the-art schools and learning centers that meet the criteria of enhancing learning in classrooms, establishing a connection with the environment, balancing function with aesthetics and seamlessly integrating sustainability. The Olver Design Building houses the schools of architecture, landscape architecture and construction technology under one roof. A committee juror commented, “This first-of-its-kind building combines architecture, construction, and building systems to serve as a learning element for students. While programmatically straightforward, the project is unique and well-executed.”

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Photo courtesy of Albert Vecerka | ESTO and Leers Weinzapfel Associates.

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