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GSA Holds Design Excellence Forum

Posted June 1, 2007

GSA recently hosted a national conversation on federal courthouse design. This day-long event included a keynote address from Justice Stephen Breyer, who received special recognition by Administrator Lurita Doan for his advocacy of architecture as a public art relevant to the administration of justice.
 
The forum program was kicked off with an assessment of the GSA’s courthouse portfolio by Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Robert Campbell; followed by a discussion about the courthouse architecture of our time by Judge Michael Hogan, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon; and GSA Architecture Fellow Thomas Gordon Smith.  Panelists from the design community, the Judiciary and GSA staff discussed the qualities and process for successful courthouses and their costs and how young architects can work with GSA. 

The day concluded with an open discussion on how the Design Excellence Program can best meet the needs of the Judiciary and the American people to create appropriate and inspiring federal courthouses.  GSA’s Design Excellence Program is now in its second decade, and continues to create public buildings that enhance cities and towns, inspire the public, and communicate America’s democratic values. Its influence has reached other public agencies and the private sector. 
 
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