College of Law

Georgia State University


Design Awards:

AIA Georgia | People’s Choice Award | 2016

Atlanta Urban Design Commission | Award of Excellence for New Construction | 2016

Construction Management Association of America South Atlantic Chapter | Project Achievement Honor Award | 2016

AIA Northern Virginia | Award of Merit | 2016

Atlanta, Georgia

205,000 SF

Leverage Opportunity

The Georgia State College of Law’s 205,000 SF new building occupies an extremely prominent site in the heart of downtown Atlanta. The project’s primary objectives were to advance learning, create a close sense of community for students, faculty, and staff, and leverage opportunities inherent to its dynamic urban context.

Center Of Intellectual Activity And Research

Working closely with College of Law faculty and administrators, SSOE, in association with SmithGroupJJR, created an innovative building program that conceives the library as the social heart of the school, a center of intellectual activity and research, and an experimental learning environment for emerging innovative pedagogy. The library is placed at the top of the building, a lit beacon in the Atlanta setting, concentrating activity and establishing a civic identity in the midst of much larger office towers. The building gives new prominence to the University and activates Woodruff Park, a major urban space.

Connective Space

The building contains diverse inventive active learning and skills development spaces. Public spaces are conceived of as learning spaces and are visually linked to more structured instructional environments. Internal planning unifies diverse functions with a multi-level, naturally-lit connective space that promotes interaction among students and faculty, and with the public and legal community.

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