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February 7, 2024
The Interactive Learning Pavilion at UC Santa Barbara, designed by Seattle-based LMN Architects, has been voted US Building of the Year by readers of American-Architects online magazine.
The publication in January asked readers to vote for their favorite new building of 2023 from a list of 39. The Interactive Learning Pavilion received approximately 42% of the roughly 5,000 votes cast.
The building opened at UC Santa Barbara last spring. The 90,000-square-foot facility brings contemporary instructional spaces, over four floors, to the center of the university's shoreline campus and is the first dedicated classroom building to be built there since 1967. It has a modern design inspired by the surrounding coastal environment.
In a social media post, Stephen Van Dyck, partner at LMN, said it was an honor to win the vote and gratifying to hear how appealing the building was with American-Architects' readers.
“We continue to hear great things from the University about the success of the project with students and faculty, and it is thrilling for our work to be supporting the important educational and research mission of UC Santa Barbara. This win is a testament to the leadership vision at UCSB and the significance of this building and its place on campus,” Van Dyck wrote.