Project History

Landmarks commissioned artist James Turrell to create a Skyspace for the rooftop of the William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center at 22nd Street and Speedway. High above the center of the busy university campus, the Skyspace provides a quiet and airy chamber for contemplation.

The William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center was designed by Overland Partners architects who also served as lead architects for the Skyspace. The green roofs that surround the Skyspace were initially designed by Walter Hood and implemented by Bender Wells Clark.

Funding for the Skyspace was provided by the capital improvement project that included the William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center and the College of Liberal Arts. Numerous individuals lent their support to this project and Landmarks would like to give special thanks to the following:


Andrée Bober and Landmarks
Pat Clubb and University Operations
Douglas Dempster and the College of Fine Arts
Randy Diehl and the College of Liberal Arts
Landmarks Advisory Committee
William Powers and the Office of the President
Bob Rawski and the Office of Facilities Planning and Construction
David Rea and the Office of Campus Planning
Andy Smith and University Unions
Bill Throop and Project Management and Construction Services
Samuel Wilson, Sharon Wood, and the Faculty Building Advisory Committee

Project Team

Rick Archer, Overland Partners Architects
Andy Adkins, Office of Facilities Planning and Construction
Andrée Bober, curator and director, Landmarks
Hiram Butler, Hiram Butler Gallery
Paul Cornell, Office of Facilities Planning and Construction
Serena Hayden, SpawGlass
Eric Kennedy, SpawGlass
James Lancaster, Overland Partners Architects
Dan McClure, SpawGlass
Nisa Mason, project manager, Landmarks
Ryan Pike, James Turrell Studio
Michael Uyeda, Office of Facilities Planning and Construction

Special Thanks

Grant Barger, College of Liberal Arts
Margaret Burke, education, Landmarks
Larry Clark and Bender Wells Clark
Fran Gale, School of Architecture
Funny Garbage, project website
Bill Haddad, technician, Landmarks
Lynn Herbert, curatorial contributor
Harvey Hix, poet
Walter Hood and Hood Studio
Philip Just, Go Design
Steve Kraal, Facility Services
Cody Kukulski, James Turrell Studio
Crystal King, University Unions
James Lancaster, Overland Partners
Tony Lee, James Turrell Studio
Steven Leslie, Office of the Vice President and Provost
Joel Love, composer
Mike Miller, Facility Services
Sally Moore, Facility Services
Beth Palazzolo, administrative coordination, University Operations
Nick Parras, William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center
Matthew Schreiber, James Turrell Studio
Patrick Sheehy, Vault Fine Art Services
Stephanie Tapauraskas, development, Landmarks
Joe Tenbarge, College of Liberal Arts
Jennalie Travis, development, Landmarks
Kyung Turrell, James Turrell Studio
Rhonda Wheldon, University Operations
Catherine Williams, Silver Lining Art Conservation
Misa Yamamoto, College of Fine Arts