SmithGroupJJR University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law

This LEED Platinum law school represents a new development in legal education, inventively configured to break down traditional compartmentalization, instead comingling research, instruction and clinical spaces into a holistic experiential learning environment. The library is exploded into open student collaboration areas, with clinics and centers embedded within, blurring the lines between learning and practice. One of those clinics is the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment, with a mission that includes shaping environmental policy and promoting dialogue on sustainability, goals indicative of the Law School’s overarching commitments itself.

The University, too, is committed to serving its own campus-wide environmental and operational strategies. And for this project, a special consortium of alumni also came together, intent to press even further. The design synchronizes the objectives of these various constituents, seeking to emulate the program by providing a cohesive and holistic model for sustainability that goes well beyond checklists.