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Architecture Institute Lauds Stokes Hall


By Sean Smith | Chronicle Editor

Published: Oct. 3, 2013

Stokes Hall, Boston College’s newest academic building, has received a Bulfinch Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art New England chapter.

The 183,000 square-foot humanities building, which opened in January, won in the Large Commercial/Civic/Institutional/Ecclesiastic category, one of eight for which the honor is given. The award, named for Charles Bulfinch — America’s first native-born architect and designer of the Massachusetts State House — recognizes the best work of individuals who contribute to the creation of classical and traditional architecture.

Designed by Tsoi/Kobus & Associates to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among BC’s humanities departments and enhanced student-faculty interaction, Stokes provides 36 new state-of-the-art classrooms and 200 faculty offices for the Classical Studies, English, History, Philosophy and Theology departments. The building also includes space for the Academic Advising Center, College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program and Office of First Year Experience, as well as common areas, conference rooms, a coffee shop and an outdoor garden and plaza that provide multiple meeting spaces to connect students and faculty.