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Design Meets Dentistry: Dugoni School Alumni Win American Institute of Architecture Award for New San Francisco Practice

The lobby of Washington Square Park Dental.

March  02, 2011

Two recent graduates of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry have been honored with an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award for interior architecture in their new San Francisco practice. AIA honorees are selected by a jury of respected architects and interior design experts.

Washington Square Park Dental is the brainchild of Class of 2009 graduates Dr. Jared Pool and Dr. Sara Creighton, who have created a dental office that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional.

The 1900-square foot office, located in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood near the famous Washington Square Park, emphasizes the use of light and brings the urban park environment inside with garden-like details. The space is calming, sleek and bright with natural light. The office is LEED certified and was built with locally sourced and recycled materials.

The jury that selected Washington Square Park Dental applauded the new practice for its clever and hip design vision which was successfully created with limited funds.

"The use of serene glowing material, soothing color, simple planes of form, and a clear, open, yet structured, plan calms the nerves and sets a stage like no other dentist office," commented one juror.

Creighton and Pool worked with lead architect Montalba Architects, based in Santa Monica, Calif., on the project.

"The opportunity to work with Montalba architects was incredible and with their help, Dr. Creighton and I created a space where we can take care of people," said Pool, who still stays involved with the school outside of practice by teaching in the Department of Restorative Dentistry. "We're thankful for all the people that have helped us through this journey. To be recognized by the AIA is an awesome honor and we are excited for what is to come."

Category Type: Alumni

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