PennDesign Faculty Win Commission for New American Embassy

Wed. 24 February

Kudos to Adjunct Professors of Architecture Stephen Kieran, FAIA, MArch'76 and James Timberlake, FAIA, MArch'77, whose firm KieranTimberlake was chosen to design the new U.S. Embassy in London.

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From the US State Department Press Release:

"U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Louis B. Susman, and Acting Director of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, Adam Namm, announced today that KieranTimberlake of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has won the design competition for the New London Embassy.

"KieranTimberlake’s design met the goal of creating a modern, welcoming, timeless, safe and energy efficient embassy for the 21st century. Their concept most fully satisfied the requirements outlined in the design competition’s mission statement. The concept holds the greatest potential for developing a truly iconic embassy and is on the leading edge of sustainable design. KieranTimberlake is an architectural firm known for its commitment to innovation and environmental responsibility. 

"Starting with 37 architectural submissions, the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations narrowed the list to nine firms. A distinguished jury of both American and British leaders in the fields of architecture, academia and diplomacy selected four firms for the final phase of the competition." 

The proposal also includes an innovative landscape design by Laurie Olin and Hallie Boyce of the Olin Studio.

Stephen Kieran, FAIA, MArch'76 and James Timberlake, FAIA, MArch'77, Principals of KieranTimberlake, are Adjunct Professors of Architecture, and Laurie Olin, FASLA, is Practice Professor of Landscape Architecture at PennDesign.

 For details about the design, please see KieranTimberlake's website.