York couple funds expansion of Architecture School
and Sono Elmaleh of New York will give $1.2 million to the University
for a major addition to the School
of Architecture. A 1942 graduate and largest single benefactor
of the school, Victor Elmaleh is chairman of the board of World-Wide
Oct. 3 at the Board of Visitors
meeting, the gift will qualify for a $1 million match from the
Arts Grounds Challenge Fund, established in 2002 by an anonymous
donor to encourage others to support Arts Grounds projects.
contributions, along with other gifts, complete funding for a
new entry tower at the eastern end of Campbell Hall, home of the
Architecture School. In recognition of the Elmalehs generosity,
the school plans to name the east addition in their honor.
new space has been designed by U.Va. faculty member and alumnus
W. G. Clark in coordination with SMBW Architects of Richmond.
elegantly designed east tower will give the School of Architecture
urgently needed jury and classroom spaces and will provide a prominent
new main entrance commensurate with the schools national
stature, said architecture school Dean Karen Van Lengen.
This gift from Victor and Sono Elmaleh is truly transformational,
and our school-wide community is deeply grateful for their longstanding
support and generosity.
addition to the gift for the expansion, the Elmalehs have given
the school a series of sculptures by celebrated artist and designer
Elmaleh has been a partner in major New York real estate developments,
including the Worldwide Plaza. Construction of the project was
the subject of an acclaimed PBS series titled Skyscraper.
Sono Elmaleh is a former ballerina who has danced with the Ballet
Russes de Monte Carlo and the American Ballet Theater, and later
accomplished artist, Victor Elmaleh has exhibited his abstract
watercolors and collages in East Coast galleries. A 2002 exhibition
of his work inaugurated the Victor and Sono Elmaleh Gallery at
Elmaleh also commissioned an hour-long documentary, Mr.
Jefferson and His University, to commemorate the 250th birthday
of U.Va.s founder. The program was screened at alumni celebrations
throughout the country in 1993.
are grateful for this opportunity to celebrate Victor and Sono
Elmaleh and their many years of support for the school and for
the University, said President John T. Casteen III. This
new facility, with its multi-purpose exhibition areas, will be
a center of creative interchange. It will provide our students
and faculty with a forum for presenting and examining new directions
Campbell Hall entry tower is part of a larger expansion and renovation
plan. Other projects include a new south wing of faculty offices,
additional jury rooms, renovated administrative offices and improved
teaching spaces. Among new landscape features will be a demonstration
garden and a pedestrian promenade leading to the new east entry.
exhibition on the schools additions and improvements, all
designed by faculty members, is on view in the Victor and Sono
Elmaleh Gallery through Oct. 17.