Thompson Wins Disability Law Center Award for Design of New College of Law Building

On November 2, Sean Thompson, a Senior Associate at VCBO Architecture, won the Community Justice Award in the Innovation in Design Category at the Disability Law Center’s (DLC) Community Justice Awards Gala. Thompson was the lead architect for the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law’s new building.

According to his nomination form, Thompson’s work “provide[s] ultimate accessibility for individuals with disabilities. His desire to make accessibility a priority in his design of the Law building can be seen not only in the entrances and elevators, but also in the acoustics, sightlines, classroom design, and even tables and chairs. He is a strong ally for the disabled community and even involved input from members of the disabled community in his design plans for the new building.”

 Adina Zahradnikova, DLC Executive Director, said, “The architectural design of  the new College of Law building delivers the promise of a fully inclusive academic community. We applaud the outstanding efforts to have an academic building that represent the welcoming nature of our state, our university, our law school faculty and staff. We are proud that the promise of a more just society for all starts here, in the heart of our welcoming community.”

The DLC’s Community Justice Awards spotlight the architects, designers, and community leaders who work to make Utah more accessible to people with disabilities.