January 28, 2022

Vote Today: Two Projects Named ArchDaily Building of the Year Finalists

We are thrilled to share both the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine and Purdue University Northwest Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building are currently finalists in the 2022 ArchDaily Building of the Year competition.

ArchDaily’s Building of the Year awards recognize outstanding projects that are making a difference in the world. An esteemed jury short lists the projects by each category and then a public vote ultimately determines the overall winner in each category. Those interested can vote for these projects here.

Here is deeper information about each finalist project.

Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine
Designed by the Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign, this School of Medicine is a school unfettered by the traditional pedagogy of academic medical centers, but also detached from typical campus amenities. This pushed the design team to reimagine the typology entirely. How does one envision, on a tight urban site, all the components needed for first-rate medical education?

The resulting design is an entire campus within a building. The 80,000 sf building houses simulation, flex classrooms, cafeteria, lecture hall, computer center, small group learning, collaboration zones, and outdoor recreation areas to create “the school of medicine as a laboratory.”

Purdue University Northwest Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building
As STEM and health career pipelines continue to grow, higher education institutions are responding with dynamic facilities for interdisciplinary study that not only prepare students for future opportunities, but serve as hubs for collaboration and engagement in the present. Purdue University Northwest’s 68,000-sf Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovations Building (BIB) is a building at the leading-edge of this trend, uniting the school’s College of Nursing and Department of Biology, incorporating cross-disciplinary skills labs adjacent to public spaces so all students can experience the innovative culture.

The building is organized around a three-story lobby and a grand staircase that weaves people and space together. Every classroom and research lab that faces the central stairwell and lobby has a glass wall for visual connections. Nursing students are “on display” as they work on highly advanced mannequins, and researchers conduct lab work while passersby look on.