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David Adjaye misses out on Syracuse Uni job

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US rising star SHoP Architects has beaten Adjaye Architects in the competition to design a new building at Syracuse University in New York

The practice also saw off competition from Norwegian firm Snøhetta for the job to design the new National Veterans Resource Complex (NVRC) at the university.

In December all three of the practices were also named on the shortlist for Obama’s presidential library.

The firms saw off competition from 28 other practices to make the Syracuse shortlist which was chosen by a selection committee that included faculty staff, students and members of the design industry.

Planned for the western side of the Syracuse University campus, it will offer vocational and educational programs to veterans and their relatives.

The building will include classrooms, a conference centre, a 1,000-seat auditorium, and gallery space.

SHoP co-founder Christopher Sharples, said: ‘Everyone at SHoP is enormously proud to be given this opportunity to create a true home for veterans at Syracuse University, a building that will work hand in hand to support the important work of the IVMF and the other groups that will reside there.

‘The programmatic demands on this building, its historic symbolism for the University, and the gateway role it will play on the campus dictate a very high level of performance in its design - a building that is at once inviting to all and a specialized tool perfectly suited for the specific work that will take place there.’

The practice will now work with the university to develop the plans and the building is set to complete in 2019.

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