University of Dubuque's Charles C. Myers Library Featured in the 2004 American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase

Sep 17, 2004 | University of Dubuque Theological Seminary

The University of Dubuque announces American School & University magazine's publication of the 2004 Educational Interiors Showcase. An annual issue honoring educational interior design excellence, University of Dubuque, Charles C. Myers Library, Dubuque, IA is among 99 projects profiled in this August, 2004 edition of AS&U. UD's entry was submitted by Straka Johnson Architects of Dubuque, Iowa. 

In receiving the award, University President Jeffrey Bullock commented, "The University is honored to have the Charles C. Myers Library recognized by an American Institute of Architects jury and featured in American School and University magazine. Our campus community is indebted to Charles and Romona Myers for their investment in us and in this handsome building. It is both a teaching, learning, and resource center as well as a beautiful environment in which to study and work." 

A jury of AIA members and school administrators evaluates submissions from architectural firms across the country. Outstanding designs are chosen for publication in AS&U, a monthly educational facilities, purchasing and business administration magazine that reaches more than 63,000 facility planners, school and university administrators and architects with this special issue. This is the 14th year this annual competition has been held. 

In considering projects for publication, primary consideration was given to the design firm's solution to the stated educational program requirements. Specific characteristics considered included:

  • Adaptability: Designs that express the space in innovative ways.
  • Humanism: Designs that create a comfortable environment, generate emotion, and are well-received by students and teachers. Designs that relate to their users while maintaining an appropriate scale for the space.
  • Regionalism: Spaces designed to match the schools context.
  • Sustainability/Green design/High performance: Designs that show a connection to the outdoors and use appropriate daylighting.
  • Timelessness: Spaces designed to transcend time, focusing on both immediate and future needs. Designs that nod to the past, while keeping an eye toward the future.

"I am so pleased that the Charles C. Myers Library has been acknowledged for interior design excellence by the American Institute of Architects jury," stated Mary Anne Knefel, university librarian. "The University community recognizes the library as a warm, inviting, and visually exciting place that fosters learning and provides a feeling of community. It is truly an honor to have this recognition by the AIA in American School & University magazine."