University of Arizona


McClelland Park

Tucson, Arizona

70,000 GSF, 6,503 M2

Architecture, Engineering, Interior Architecture, Programming

Illumination Award of Merit, Section Award, Award of Merit -- Education, PRIDE Awards

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“Every time I interact with your team, I am convinced how fortunate I am and how fortunate the UA is to have the opportunity to work with young, energetic, and dedicated architects such as yourselves.”

—Soyeon Shim, Director of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences


Conceived as an iconic landmark for the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, McClelland Park’s design is steeped in the theme of family. Also a showcase for cultural diversity, the facility houses two academic departments and three auxiliary units active within the local community, and serves as a welcome center for families, community members, faculty and students.

The showplace of the project is the “family plaza,” an ample living room and gathering space that offers an oasis for informal meetings, study groups and play for children. The building’s design anchors the entry to the modern Science Concourse, while also respecting the historic core of the campus.

A signature facility for nationally recognized programs, McClelland Park is the first building on campus to be funded fully by private donor contributions. SmithGroupJJR's design concepts were integral to the success of the fundraising effort, as project renderings and animations served as catalysts for attracting donors to the McClelland family of patrons.

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