Northwest Corner Building Recieves 2011 SCUP Merit Award

The Northwest Corner Building was awarded a Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture for a new building. The building was one of 16 projects (in multiple categories) to be honored out of nearly 200 entries for the 2011 awards.

Opened to the University community in December 2010, the Northwest Corner Building (NWC) is the new home and center for interdisciplinary research and education at Columbia University. Lead building designer José Rafael Moneo and associate architect Davis Brody Bond Aedas designed the building to fulfill Columbia's goal--to have it serve as a physical and intellectual bridge, linking laboratories and maximizing the ready sharing and exchange of ideas, resources and information. It houses faculty offices, classrooms, and research facilities for the disciplines of chemistry, biology, engineering and physics. 

The SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture Award is a juried competition that recognizes that comprehensive campus design and planning are collaborative and involve campus architects, planners, administrators, faculty, professional consultants and many stakeholders. It is open to all professional service providers and institutions that have prepared designs for two-year and four-year colleges, universities, academic medical and research centers, public or private institutions. This is the Northwest Corner Building's first award. For more information on SCUP Awards, visit