'Hard to Imagine It Could Be Done Better': John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the recipients of its distinguished Honor Awards for 2015. SOM's John Jay College of Criminal Justice won in the Architecture Category. Below are comments about the project from the jury.

"This massive programmatic space has created an entire village — from a beautiful and happy daycare to a full-service kitchen and dining facility, mock courtrooms, and full-science laboratories. The diversity of space is impressive, and it is hard to imagine that it could be done better."

"It is built to be durable and lived in, but the moments of whimsy create spaces where students comfortably gather and interact. Its incorporation of the natural slope of the site allows you to peak into the college from the street."

"The green roof was thoughtfully executed and creates an oasis in the midst of skyscrapers."

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