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Finalists Named In Design Competition for New Houston Endowment Building

The Houston Endowment acquired 1.6 acres near Buffalo Bayou west of downtown. Boundary of property outlined in red.

HOUSTON – (Realty News Report) – Four finalists have been selected in the international design competition that will result in the creation of a new headquarters building for the Houston Endowment, a philanthropic organization.

The funding for the 40,000-SF project has been secured, along with the site, which is just west of downtown, near Buffalo Bayou, Memorial Drive and Spotts Park and Waugh Drive.

The announcement of the winning design team is expected in November 2019.  The building is due to open in May 2022.

The four finalist teams are (in alphabetical order by team lead):

 _Deborah Berke Partners — with DAVID RUBIN Land Collective and Atelier Ten

 _Kevin Daly Architects — with TLS Landscape Architecture, Productora and Transsolar

 _Olson Kundig — with Surfacedesign, Inc

 _Schaum/Shieh Architects — with HKS and Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture Collaboration.

The first stage of the competition, which launched in June 2019, attracted 121 team submissions comprising 354 individual firms. Malcolm Reading Consultants has organized the competition.

One of the finalists is from Houston:  Houston-based architects Schaum/Shieh and HKS and San Francisco-based Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture (ACLA) are internationally recognized practices with a commitment to understanding the needs of our community as collections of citizens and unique ecologies.Schaum/Shieh is known for its award-winning work for the Judd Foundation, Chinati Foundation, White Oak Music Hall and Transart House, named by Architect’s Newspaper as the best building of 2018. Schaum/Shieh, the recipient of several AIA Honor Awards, was also a winner of the 2016 New Practices New York from the AIA, and named one of the 2019 Emerging Voices by the Architectural League. HKS’s work includes notable projects for MD Anderson Cancer Center, Hines, Rice University and IAH Airport, among others. ACLA projects, most importantly their affordable housing work, have been recognized internationally and honored with awards from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and a National American Society of Landscape Architects Design Medal.

The Selection Committee includes Jesse H. Jones II, chair, Houston Endowment Board; Guy Hagstette, vice president of parks and civic projects, Kinder Foundation; Joseph C. Dilg, board member, Houston Endowment; Ann Stern, president and CEO, Houston Endowment; Tom Forney, president and CEO, Forney Construction, and Malcolm Reading, competition director. Two further additional members will be announced on the competition website in the coming weeks.

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