We’re thrilled to share that Lassonde Studios of the University of Utah’s Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute has been named the overall winner of the SXSWedu Learn X Design awards in the physical category. The award further solidifies Lassonde Studios as arguably the most innovative built learning facility in the world from the past year.
One of the premier education innovation conferences, SXSWedu launched its Learn by Design program to celebrate projects that are revolutionizing the way space design can enrich learning outcomes. The awards focused on three categories: Experiential, Conceptual and Physical, and selected just 15 projects from across the world as finalists.
One of five finalists in the Physical category, Lassonde Studios is a stand-out project for our firm and the University of Utah. The building redefines entrepreneurial education by uniting more than 400 unique student residences and 20,000 square feet of innovation space where any student on campus can build a prototype, attend an event or start a business. The project has previously been featured by the New York Times, Architectural Digest, Fast Company, BusinessWeek and more.
Mehrdad Yazdani of the Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign and University of Utah’s Troy D’Ambrosio presented the project to a panel of four judges at the SXSWedu conference to clinch the overall award on March 7, 2017. CannonDesign designed the building in association with EDA Architects.