Australia’s Guide Dogs Victoria Visits Anchor Center for Architectural Insight
Alice Applebaum, former Executive Director, Anchor Center; Karen Hayes, CEO, Guide Dogs Victoria, Australia; Maria Cole, Davis Partnership Architects, Denver; Paul Viney, FPPV Architecture, Victoria, Australia (pictured left to right) On October 21st, Anchor Center was delighted to welcome two…
On October 21st, Anchor Center was delighted to welcome two guests from Guide Dogs Victoria (Australia): Karen Hayes, CEO and Paul Viney, Guide Dogs’ architect. Joining Karen and Paul were two long-time Anchor champions, Alice Applebaum, who served as Anchor’s executive director for 19 years, and Maria Cole, who served as the primary architect of Anchor Center’s beautiful school building.
Guide Dogs Victoria is in the process of designing a new facility in Australia. As part of their process, they were encouraged to see some of the world’s best buildings specifically designed to serve people with vision impairments. Anchor Center was one of six designs in North America they chose to see first-hand. Following their visit, Karen sent a thank you in which she wrote:
“Paul and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you all and we have gathered some terrific ideas to feed into our future plans for Guide Dogs Victoria. We loved the sensory gardens, the innovative use of lighting and colours and the very warm and welcoming atmosphere you have created at the centre for children and visitors alike.”
Needless to say, we were honored to bring together four remarkable, visionary people, and to show off a building loved by many.