University of Washington, Life Sciences Building

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design - Educational
  • Company/Firm
  • Lead Designer
    Anthony Gianopoulos, Managing Principal & Andrew Clinch, Project Designer/Manager
  • Design Team
    Devin Kleiner, Project Architect Shanni Hanein, Job Captain Wonsik Lee, Technical Architect Brandus
  • Architect
  • Interior Designer
    Paula Swanborough, Senior Interior Designer Anthony Ngo, Interior Designer
  • Const. Company
  • Photo Credit
    Kevin Scott, Nic Lehoux
  • Location
    Seattle, WA
  • Client
    University of Washington
  • Project Date
  • Project Link

The Department of Biology at the University of Washington (UW) sees over one third of all students enrolled at UW and is the largest STEM program in the state. In order to meet their growing demand, the 207,000 square foot Life Sciences Building (LSB) embodies three core concepts—Science is a Gateway, Connections, and Engagement—enhancing the building’s relation to the campus, students, faculty, and environment. With these core values in mind, we designed a flexible, collaborative, and highly sustainable building.

Programming & Planning
The building houses 40 principal investigators and their teams where research labs, teaching labs, an active learning classroom, café, vivarium, growth chambers and greenhouses holistically integrate their approach to life sciences in a space designed around creating a healthy collaborative environment.