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Cameron and Edward Lanphier Center Ribbon-Cutting at Choate Rosemary Hall

Cameron and Edward Lanphier Center Ribbon-Cutting at Choate Rosemary Hall

Cameron and Edward Lanphier Center Ribbon-Cutting at Choate Rosemary Hall

New Haven, Conn. (March 24, 2015) — On Friday, March 27, 2015, the Choate Rosemary Hall Board of Trustees and Headmaster Dr. Alex Curtis will dedicate the Cameron and Edward Lanphier Center for Mathematics and Computer Science.

Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects (PCPA), the new building houses interdisciplinary, collaborative learning programs and includes the cutting-edge i.d.Lab, which, according to Director of Curricular Initiatives Katharine H. Jewett, Ph.D., is “a mindset, space, and resource for the Choate community that provides a place for exploration, fun, and innovation.”

Headmaster Curtis comments, “With our new Lanphier Center for Mathematics and Computer Science we wanted to create an environment like that of MIT’s famed ‘Building 20’ that encouraged ‘knowledge spillovers’ and had the potential to be a ‘magical incubator’ of ideas. Like the novel educational experiences we envision, the space itself is both flexible and ever-evolving and gives us the opportunity to impact future educational horizons by thinking boldly, innovating wisely, and linking blue-sky to reality, using creativity to guide our vision of a better future — for education and society.”

According to Fred Clarke, FAIA, Senior Design Principal for PCPA, “We designed the white brick and glass Lanphier Center to be both solid yet luminous, drawing inspiration from the deep traditions expressed in Choate’s architecture, its iconic landscape and forward thinking academic mission. Situated next to Archbold Hall, a critically important place on the campus, the Center mediates between its Georgian and contemporary neighbors while carefully embracing magnificent beech trees and protected wetlands. Learning is on display, as inspirational teachers and facilities challenge bright young Choate students in math, computer science, engineering, and design – the disciplines of the future. Buildings can have no higher calling and we are delighted to have served Choate Rosemary Hall as its architects.”

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