SALT LAKE CITY — Architectural Digest, a publication for architecture news and trends, has named Lassonde Studios at the University of Utah as one of the nine best new university buildings around the globe.
The recognition is the latest in a wide variety of international praise and attention for Lassonde Studios, a $45 million project by Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design, in association with EDA Architects.
All students on campus are invited to live, create and launch new companies there. The building, which opened in August, houses 400 residents above a 20,000-square-foot innovation space on the first floor.
Lassonde Studios is managed by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business that was recently ranked as the No. 1 program in the nation for aspiring entrepreneurs by LendEDU and the No. 15 graduate and No. 18 undergraduate program for entrepreneurs in the nation by the Princeton Review.
“We had a great team with a vision to accomplish Pierre Lassonde’s goal to build an iconic structure that would enhance the experience of our students and create more entrepreneurs,” said Troy D’Ambrosio, executive director of the Lassonde Institute and an assistant dean at the business school. “It’s great to see his dream being recognized.”
On top of attention from journalists and news agencies, Lassonde Studios received an award as the most outstanding public building over $10 million from Utah Construction & Design in 2016 and an Award of Excellence from the Associated General Contractors of Utah.