Hancher Auditorium, University of Iowa
Widely recognized for commissioning new works of dance and music, Hancher Auditorium reaches audiences beyond the University of Iowa. After the Iowa River flooded in 2008, FEMA determined that the existing Hancher Auditorium should be replaced with a new facility.
Every space in the existing building was reviewed carefully with Hancher’s staff and the university to determine how and where it would most effectively be replaced and improved in the new facility. A performance venue for both the region and the University of Iowa, the 1,800-seat room was designed to be an excellent space for dance, natural sound and amplified performances.
Design Architect: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Design Team Leader: Gina Narracci
2019 AIA Connecticut Building of the Year
2019 AIA Connecticut Award of Excellence
2018 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award
2017 International Association of Lighting Design Award of Excellence
2017 The Illuminating Engineering Society Merit Award
Photographs © Jeff Goldberg/ESTO