University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business


LOCATION: Ann Arbor, Michigan
SIZE: 270,000 sq. ft.
OWNERS: University of Michigan
ARCHITECT: Kohn Pedersen Fox
AWARDS: 2010 IALD Award of Merit
  2010 IES Illumination Award of Merit
PHOTOGRAPHER: © Barbara Karant, © Michael Moran

DESIGN TEAM:Keith Yancey
 Dan Weissman
 Carlene Geraci

A bold structure clad in terracotta, glass and sandstone houses the Ross School of Business. Rich and unusual materials and strong geometries are expressively rendered with integrated, seemingly invisible lighting hardware.

“The purity of the lighting design perfectly reflects the architecture, while activating volumes and surfaces through graceful gestures,” commented one awards judge. “The design team carried a clear vision throughout the building without resorting to repetitive or overly simplistic lighting moves.”

The most energy-efficient light sources (high-performance T8 and compact fluorescents, metal halides, LEDs, and only a handful of halogen sources) are used in the project, but it is the exacting hardware integration, sensible lighting of surfaces, daylight-responsive switching and dimming, occupant controllability, and occupancy sensors located virtually everywhere that account for the impressive energy efficiency of this LEED Silver project.