UMassBRUT campaign wins Docomomo US Modernism in America Award

Collaborative project celebrated for its efforts to raise awareness and appreciation of Brutalist architecture on the UMass Dartmouth and UMass Amherst campuses

The brutalist exterior of the Claire T. Carney Library
The brutalist exterior of UMass Dartmouth's Claire T. Carney Library

UMassBRUT, a collaborative campaign between UMass Dartmouth and UMass Amherst, has received a Docomomo US Modernism in America Inventory/Survey Award of Excellence for its efforts to raise awareness and appreciation of the significant Brutalist structures that shape much of both campuses.

According to Docomomo, “The UMassBRUT campaign stood out for its all-hands-on-deck approach to rallying large educational institutions around better stewardship of their modern resources. Following a two-day symposium, they have made great strides in educating and warming their community towards Brutalism.”

The sold-out symposiums provided a unique platform that brought together a team of distinguished scholars, industry professionals, artists, and passionate citizens with an interest in the preservation of mid to late twentieth-century architecture. The multidisciplinary campaign was led by a group of faculty, students, staff, and administrators on both campuses.

The bold, imposing architecture at UMass Dartmouth is a result of famed 1950’s and 60’s architect Paul Rudolph’s vision for an “urban” public university, coupled with progressive achievements in the fields of design and engineering.

Docomomo US (which stands for Documentation and Conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement), is a non-profit organization that seeks to preserve modern architecture, landscapes, and design through principled advocacy, collaboration, and celebration.

College of Visual and Performing Arts, Date: Year 2022, Departments College of Visual Performing Arts, News and Public Information