Tucson, Arizona architect Rick Joy has been hired by Princeton University to design several buildings for its proposed arts and transit district on the western edge of campus. He will design the proposed building that will house the new Dinky station and Wawa and he will redesign the existing station buildings, which will be re-purposed as a café and restaurant. Joy will also collaborate with Steven Holl Architects, which is designing some of academic buildings in the district, on the design of the project’s public spaces.
“Rick was selected for his ability to understand the significance of a place and its landscape and for his focus on the way the public experiences architectural space. He has an international reputation for creating timeless architectural form and space with a beautiful sense of material and craft,” said University Architect Ron McCoy. “We are confident he will be able to create a meaningful civic place, one that will have a rich interaction with the Steven Holl design for the Lewis Center for the Arts.”
Joy is the recipient of the 2002 Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture and the 2004 National Design Award. The plans for construction of the new station and renovation of the existing station buildings will be included in the University’s submission to the Planning Board, which is expected to occur later this spring. The proposed Arts and Transit project would form a public space that is a nexus of both campus and community life.