University of Connecticut : Storrs, CT
In 2003, Gehry Partners of Los Angeles, California and Newman Architects collaborated to win an international competition, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, for the design of a new School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut. In 2008, the University selected Newman Architects to prepare a new master plan for the School of Fine Arts to allow the renewal of its campus to occur in multiple phases.
The School of Fine Arts offers programs in art and art history, dramatic arts, and music, with primary emphasis on professional preparation of students for careers in the arts, both as practitioners and as educators. Currently, the School of Fine Arts’ various divisions and areas are housed in nearly 20 buildings on campus. The new master plan will show how the SFA can consolidate into fewer buildings and add new performance, instructional and exhibition facilities.
The new School will become a center of artistic, social and intellectual activity, attractive to the university population as a whole and the public at large, drawing the arts into the everyday life of the university campus and its surrounding community.