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Student Success District at the University of Arizona receives an AIA National Honor Award for Interior Architecture

2-9-2023 | News

The University’s Student Success District strengthens connections and increases student engagement

(Seattle, WA) February 2023 — The Student Success District at the University of Arizona received the 2023 National AIA Interior Architecture Award, the institute’s prestigious awards program celebrating the most innovative interior spaces across the United States. This year’s AIA jury selected winning submissions that make their mark on the cities, places, and spaces where people live and work.

“This project, on the University of Arizona’s Tuscon campus, unites the school’s essential yet siloed student support services. While comprehensive in nature, involving campus planning, exterior site improvements, and architectural interventions, the project is rooted in transformation and the connection of interior spaces that offer elevated experiences aimed at nurturing tomorrow’s leaders.” – AIA

Across academic libraries, there is a growing trend: co-locating various kinds of student support units to provide a comprehensive student experience. Designed by The Miller Hull Partnership in association with Poster Mirto McDonald, the Student Success District takes this concept to a new level in the renovation of the Main Library, the Bear Down Gymnasium, the Albert B. Weaver Science-Engineering Library, and the construction of the new Center for Academic Success. The complex project transforms a disconnected cluster of buildings into an interconnected and cohesive District, providing a centralized point of support for the entire student body.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the AIA for our work at the University of Arizona. Our goal was to create a central place on campus by unifying the District’s buildings while honoring their individuality, much like the students that inhabit them.” – Ben Dalton, AIA Miller Hull Partner

A model for other universities, the entire Student Success District—from the individual buildings to their contours—is dedicated to every aspect of a student’s well-being. The holistic approach and flexible design will allow for shifts in trends and functionality, benefiting students for years to come.

Project Details
Size (total): 262,000 SF
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Client: The University of Arizona
Prime Architect: The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP
Local Architect: Poster Mirto McDonald
Contractor: Sundt Construction
Landscape Architect: Ten Eyck Landscape Architects
Civil Engineer: Cypress Civil Development
Structural Engineer: Martin White Griffis Structural Engineers
MEP Engineer: Affiliated Engineers, Inc.
Lighting Consultant: Affiliated Engineers, Inc.
Graphics and Wayfinding Consultant: Mayer Reed
FFE (Libraries): The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP
FFE (Bear Down & Center for Academic Success): Andie Zelno

About The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP
The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP is an internationally recognized architecture, planning, urban and interior design firm that works to create a regenerative and inclusive future through the built environment. Since its founding in 1977, Miller Hull has been designing dynamic and environmentally responsible buildings that provide enduring value for their communities. The firm has a studio in Seattle and San Diego with work extending across multiple typologies for a range of public and private clients where people Live, Work, Learn, Gather and Serve. Widely recognized for innovative, timeless designs and a partnership-driven practice, Miller Hull has received over 350 local, regional, national, and international awards for design excellence, including the American Institute of Architects Firm Award and Architect 50’s Top Firm for Sustainability. For more information, please visit

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