UCSB, San Joaquin Apartments and Precinct Improvements

2018 Architecture Merit Award

Tenaya Towers are part of a larger masterplan emphasizing robust environmental sustainability and academic and social life through strategic placement of circulation and program disposition within discrete neighborhoods. Tenaya's paired towers frame an active central green, extending its social life vertically with light-filled exterior stairs, circulation, and stacked commons spaces.

The screened terrace wall produces remarkable effects given its restrained simplicity of pattern and detail. The elegance is not something typically achieved in student housing, but here is a reminder that great design is possible across project types and budgets. The plan is very inventive, providing living arrangements that engender community and inclusion without sacrificing the possibility of introverted space.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Structural Engineer
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Associate Architect
Daly Genik Architects

Associate Architect
Kieran Timberlake

Associate Architect
Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects

General Contractor
Harper Construction

University of California, Santa Barbara

TLS Landscape Architecture

Civil Engineer
Sherwood Design Engineers

Structural + MEP
Buro Happold

Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design

Newson Brown Acoustics

Cost Estimating
C.P. O'Halloran Associates, Inc.

Food Services
Webb Design

Lerch, Bates & Associates

Code Analysis
Jensen Hughes

Information Technologies

Bruce Damonte Photography