The University Record, June 18, 2001

Taubman CAUP team wins design honor

By Ken Arbogast-Wilson
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Pictured is a detailed plan of the Taubman CAUP faculty team’s award-winning design for the Flemington Jewish Community Center. (Image courtesy Taubman CAUP)
A team of Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) faculty members recently won a national competition to design a New Jersey synagogue, school and social hall.

Craig Scott, assistant professor of practice; Robert Levit, assistant professor of architecture; and Lisa Iwamoto, assistant professor of practice, took top honors in the Flemington Jewish Community Center (FJCC) Design Competition.

“This is an important national competition that was open to architects across America, and it is splendid that the winning design for the FJCC—selected by such a distinguished jury—was prepared by a group of young architecture faculty from Michigan,” says Brian Carter, professor of architecture and chair of the Architecture Program. “It is an outstanding achievement that builds on the traditions of our College and convincingly connects the education of architects and practice of architecture.”

The competition drew 194 registrants who submitted 82 different entries. In addition to sharing the $10,000 first prize award, the Taubman CAUP will see its design become reality. The FJCC is soliciting bids for construction of the 23,000-square-foot facility.

Submissions were judged by a panel that included Preston Scott Cohen, Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Laurie Hawkinson, Smith-Miller+Hawkinson, Architects; Rabbi Evan Jaffe; and Suzanne Kalafer, Flemington Jewish Community Center; Enrique Norten, TEN Arquitectos; and Guy Nordenson, Guy Nordenson and Associates.

The competition was jointly sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts New Public Works Program.

Founded in 1926, the FJCC serves a 260-family congregation. It also offers a range of interdenominational outreach programs serving the greater Hunterdon County community.

The challenge of the design competition was to create an innovative and affordable design that sought to address the current and future needs of the FJCC congregation. The team’s design incorporates three distinct features—a synagogue, social hall and school—into one cohesive plan.