Grace La

MacArthur Square Housing

The MacArthur square Project is part of a master planning initiative to revitalize the civic area surrounding the Milwaukee County Court House. The master plan includes a variety of building types and uses as well as a reintegration of the street grid into the isolated zone. The master plan adapts the public plaza for new use, ameliorating a currently over-scaled, inaccessible, and disused outdoor space.

This hybrid building, at the corner of Wells and 9th, introduces innovative strategies for circulation and program as antidotes to the inherent difficulties of the site. The project envisions a sectional re-interpretation of the pedestrian connections amidst subterranean parking, MacArthur Square, Wells Street. The project also proposes a new housing block rising above the site. The resulting hybrid landscape weaves through an unconventional mix of uses: parking, outdoor spaces, athletic facilities, theatres, housing. These program elements actively respond to the necessity for parking, while offering a revitalized pedestrian landscape.

About The Designer

Co-founded by Grace La and James Dallman, LA DALLMAN is engaged in catalytic projects of diverse scale and type. Noted for works that expand the architect's agency in the civic recalibration of infrastructure, public space and challenging sites, LA DALLMAN was named as an Emerging Voice by the Architectural League of New York in 2010 and received the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence Silver Medal in 2007. In 2011, LA DALLMAN was the first practice in the United States to receive the Rice Design Alliance Prize, an international award recognizing exceptionally gifted architects in the early phase of their career. LA DALLMAN has also been awarded numerous professional honors, including architecture and engineering awards, as well as prizes in international design competitions.

LA DALLMAN’s built work includes the Kilbourn Tower, the Miller Brewing Meeting Center (original building by Ulrich Franzen), the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Hillel Student Center, the Ravine House, the Gradient House and the Great Lakes Future and City of Freshwater permanent science exhibits at Discovery World. The Crossroads Project transforms infrastructure for public use, including a 700-foot-long Marsupial Bridge, a bus shelter and a media garden. LA DALLMAN is currently commissioned to design additions to the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (original building by Harry Weese and landscape by Dan Kiley), the 2013 Master Plan for the Menomonee Valley and the Harmony Project, a 100,000-square-foot hybrid arts building for professional dance, which includes a ballet school, a university dance program and a medical clinic. The National Endowment for the Arts awarded the Harmony Project a grant in support of the design process in 2012.

LA DALLMAN’s work has been featured in many publications including Architect, a+t, Architectural Record, Azure, Praxis and Topos, as well as in books released by Princeton Architectural Press and Routledge. Architect profiled the firm’s design culture in June, 2012. LA DALLMAN's work has been widely exhibited, including at the Heinz Architectural Center in the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Danish Architecture Center in Copenhagen, Denmark. La and Dallman have delivered lectures at prestigious universities and cultural institutions including the New Museum in New York City, the National Building Museum in Washington DC and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.