new display area, on the upper level of Campbell Hall, provides
a surface on which students can show their designs. The space
is part of the Architecture Schools renovation and addition
Faculty to design new Campbell
School of Architecture
is turning to its faculty experts to design a project to bring
its home into the 21st century.
Hall, built in 1969, is a modern brick structure set into the
north side of Carrs Hill, hidden from most passersby on
Rugby Road by the U.Va. Art Museum and a quad of fraternity houses.
It is the home of an architecture department ranked sixth in the
nation, a graduate landscape program regarded by many to be tops
in the country, and distinguished programs in architectural history
and urban and environmental planning.
10 years ago, Campbell Hall barely met the needs of the schools
faculty and students. Today, with changing goals, expanding curriculum
and nearly double the number of students and triple the number
of faculty, the school has outgrown its old home. These changes,
coupled with a leaking brick façade and an outdated mechanical
system, create a critical need for expansion and renovation.
expertise of our award-winning faculty, recognized nationally
and internationally for its design work, will be a powerful tool
for creating a strong visual statement of the values of the school,
said Architecture dean Karen Van Lengen, whose own design work
focuses on the relationship between design and culture.
an idea successfully executed at a number of other schools, including
those at the University of Michigan, Columbia University, the
University of New Mexico and Parsons School of Design, the
dean floated the idea of faculty-designed projects to see who
would be interested.
announced the designers at the November faculty meeting: architecture
professor W.G. Clark; associate professor and associate dean for
academic affairs William Sherman; architecture professor Peter
Waldman; associate professor Judith Kinnard; and landscape architecture
professor Warren Byrd, who will work with each of the designers
to integrate landscape and building design.
Lengens goal is to create a strong interrelationship between
the schools landscape and its architecture, to achieve a
look that reflects the tone of the school and its teaching philosophy,
which emphasizes architecture as the cultural expression of its
own time and place.
schematic plan has a dynamic quality, said Van Lengen. The
strong inter-relationship between landscape and architecture is
critical to the School of Architectures position at the
top of the proposed Carrs Hill Arts Grounds and echoes Jeffersons
integration of architecture and landscape in the design of the
perhaps best describes this unusual approach to the 13,000-square-foot
project. Its not about creating heroic architecture
or signature architecture. Its about fingerprints.
The faculty designers will collaborate throughout the project
with SMBW architects in Richmond, who have already developed a
strategic plan for the school and will serve as both the collaborating
architect on all the projects and as the projects architect
School alumnus Will Scribner, SMBWs founding partner, emphasized
the importance of integrating the building and its landscape during
an October presentation of the firms schematic design.
whose own Nelson-Byrd Landscape Architects firm worked with SMBW
on the schematic plan, hopes to create a visual link between the
school and Rugby Road through his landscape plan.
multi-use outdoor spaces will afford opportunities for gatherings
by students, faculty and public and will reconnect the Arts Grounds
and the School of Architecture with the rest of the University,
addition to making the school visible from Rugby Road and creating
a major access to the Arts Grounds, the plan calls for an entry
tower to the east that will encompass exhibition space, additional
jury rooms, and a new formal entrance to, and renovation of, the
main lecture hall.
who will design the entrance, said he was honored to have
been asked to participate in the project and applauded Van
Lengens idea that our work should extend the ethos
of the school and not just be a bought project.
selected to design a new wing that will accommodate 26 faculty
offices and two conference rooms, and an expanded shop and renovated
jury rooms on the south side of Campbell Hall, views the design
process as a learning tool for the students.
a way, he said, its a research project to work
with new construction systems and develop a demonstration project
of the principles we are working with in the classroom.
of the design phase for the new entry and the office wing is expected
in late spring.
Two other pieces, smaller in scope, are important to the
life of the school, Van Lengen said.
will focus on a redesign of the small, but very popular, student
and faculty café located on the ground floor.
its new form, it would become a focal point, not just for the
Architecture School, but for the entire Arts Precinct, said
Kinnard. It would act as a magnet to attract people from
the various arts disciplines.
way to accomplish this, she suggested, would be to have an outdoor
seating area and to create an architectural link to the proposed
Studio Art Building.
who frequently involves his students in class projects that focus
on building additions, will plan the renovation and relocation
of administrative offices on the west side of the building.
sees his task as giving the school a window out into the surrounding
community. By opening the brick façade that overlooks Culbreth
Road and Nameless Field below, the project would not only let
in the setting sun, but would provide a human scale, he said.
People will be able to see inside, see our students working
at something they love.
faculty-designed projects already completed are the Elmaleh Gallery
in the schools existing foyer, designed by assistant professor
Timothy Stenson, and an exhibition ledge to display student work,
designed by associate professor Charles Menefee III.
projects and this approach to the transformation of Campbell Hall
will emphasize the importance of the Architecture School not only
to the Arts Grounds, but to the entire University, Van Lengen