The doctorate serves in recognition of Dykers' achievements in the architectural field and impact on the university through Snøhetta's design of the James B. Hunt Library. Opened in 2013, the building set a new benchmark for technologically-sophisticated collaborative learning spaces. It is designed to be a decisive competitive edge for the university by democratizing access to the technologies driving our economy. Following the completion of the Alexandria Library in Egypt, the Hunt Library was Snøhetta's first built library in North America, earning accolades within the architectural and library professions, and influencing the thinking behind the needs of the contemporary research library.