Vassar Quarterly - Spring/Summer 2017 - 4
Admiring the Bridge
Vassar's new Bridge for Laboratory Sciences, designed by the New York
City-based firm Ennead Architects, won an American Architecture Award
this spring. Since 1994, the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture
and Design, in conjunction with the European Centre for Architecture Art
Design and urban Studies, and Metropolitan Arts Press, have honored
"the best new significant buildings and landscape and planning projects
designed and/or built in the united States and abroad by the most important American architects and planners practicing nationally and internationally." The building was also a finalist in the Architecture+Glass category
of the 2017 Architizer A+Awards, juried by prominent members of the
architecture community, as well as notables from the technology, art,
fashion, and design industries.
An Evening with
Author Zadie Smith
The award-winning Bridge for Laboratory Sciences, designed by Ennead Architects, has also been
recognized by the editors of Architectural Record, the Architect's Newspaper, and other news outlets.
Educational Initiative Earns
United Way Award
The Vassar English Language Learners Outreach Program (VELLOP)
received a Nonprofit Partner Spotlight Award from the united Way of
the Dutchess-Orange Region this spring. Vassar students in VELLOP, part
of Vassar College's urban Education Initiative, provide tutoring services
to students throughout the local school district. The ultimate goal is to
help them complete high school and go on to post-secondary education.
"Every year we honor those people who make it possible for united Way
to support key community programs that enhance the lives of our children,
families, and elders," said Jeannie Montano, President and CEO of united
Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region.
From left: ©Dominique Nabokov / Tamar Thibodeau
This April, renowned novelist and essayist Zadie
Smith delivered the annual Alex Krieger '95
Memorial Lecture to a room overflowing with
admiring students and community members.
Smith was interviewed by acclaimed writer and
Vassar Professor of English Amitava Kumar and
also read from her most recent novel Swing Time,
in which the narrator is at home in London for
the summer working at a pizza parlor, where she
follows the Wimbledon tennis matches and has
to deal with her boss's disdain for blacks. Esquire
has called the novel "a sweeping meditation on
art, race, and identity that may be Smith's most
ambitious work yet."
The author of six critically praised novels,
Smith was elected a fellow of the Royal Society
of Literature in 2002. Her novel White Teeth was
included in Time magazine's list of "100 Best
English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005."
She is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker
and a creative writing professor at New York
This lecture series is given in memory of a
Vassar student, Alex Krieger, who was killed in
an automobile accident during the spring of his
freshman year. One of Krieger's keenest interests
was distinguished American writing that
incorporates humor as a primary element.