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JFRC Lead Architect Wins International Architecture Award for Rome Center Expansion

JFRC Lead Architect Wins International Architecture Award for Rome Center Expansion


The lead architect of the John Felice Rome Center’s new residence hall and chapel, Ignazio Lo Manto, recently received “Honorable Mention” in the 2020 Architecture MasterPrize for his completed expansion work of the Loyola University Chicago Rome Center campus.

This important honor, one of the world’s great architecture prizes, is a celebration of the JFRC’s new architectural achievement. Lo Manto is a young and gifted Italian architect breaking into the international scene, with his Rome Center work being one of his first projects of major international recognition. The mission of the Architecture MasterPrize (AMP) is to advance the appreciation of quality architectural design worldwide, celebrating creativity and innovation in the field.

The Rome Center expansion campus is an ongoing collaborative effort by Loyola University Chicago professional staff in both Rome and Chicago, as well as faculty, friends, and alumni. A comprehensive story about the collaboration on the design and construction processes between LUC’s Chicago and Rome campuses along with a “grand opening” celebration of the new JFRC Campus is in post-pandemic planning. In the meantime, you are invited to learn more about Lo Manto’s award and the story behind his celebrated design!

Completed in February 2020, the new residence hall and chapel mark a “second founding” for Loyola’s famed Rome Center.  As a gateway to the world, the Rome Center remains committed to John Felice’s vision of engaging the spirit of global healing.  

The JFRC is a first-of-its-kind study-abroad program with a focus on fostering global education and tolerance among people of various religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.  Dr. Michael F. Andrews, now in his fourth year as JFRC Director, notes that, “the mission of the John Felice Rome Center is central to Loyola University Chicago’s ongoing commitment to the mission and apostolic preferences that define the future of Jesuit education in the twenty-first century. As Loyola’s global campus in Italy, the JFRC connects Europe, Africa, and the Middle East through a rich tapestry of multi-cultural engagements, academic research, and excellent teaching that responds to the concrete needs of a world in vast transition."

The campus expansion work is deeply connected to the Ignatian heritage and mission of Loyola University Chicago and its presence in Rome. Dr. Andrews highlights that, "as the JFRC approaches the sixtieth year of its founding (1962-2022), it is most appropriate that the Loyola Rome Center engage its core Jesuit mission by honoring its past, witnessing to the present, and preparing for the future. The Rome Center is a living response to Ignatius Loyola’s prayer at La Storta – namely, that ‘God would be propitious to him in Rome.’ Consequently, the John Felice Rome Center not only bears John Felice’s animating vision; it humbly seeks to carry on the global educational mission of the Society of Jesus that was first entrusted to St. Ignatius Loyola and the early companions specifically here in Rome, the caput mundi.”

As each of us, personally and collectively, continues to navigate the strangeness of the ensuing Covid-19 pandemic, we remain steadfast in our commitment and ongoing support for a bright and promising future of the Loyola Rome Center. Amidst so many accomplishments of the last 59 years, we look forward to celebrating the JFRC’s 60th anniversary in 2022 with even greater faith that the Rome Center’s best years are still ahead.

We are proud of our newly renovated Rome Center campus and of Lo Manto's great accomplishment. On behalf of our 25,000-plus JFRC alumni we congratulate him and thank him for helping continue the inspirational vision of John Felice into the twenty-first century.