Arts on Campus
A new generation of arts buildings have evolved from the progression of new forms of learning and the integration of the arts into the academic curricula. GUND is at the forefront of planning and design for campus arts facilities. From visual to performing arts and emerging interdisciplinary studies, we create safe and inspiring facilities that encourage creative exploration and advance arts pedagogy. Beyond meeting the rigorous technical requirements of the arts programs, our projects foster social exchange, experimentation and cross-disciplinary interactions to open new creative avenues and reinforce the communal element of the arts.
Vibrant cultural destination and significant foundation for economic development at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Already a vibrant cultural destination for the Finger Lakes Region and significant foundation for economic development, the new Performing Arts Center at Hobart and William Smith Colleges has opened and is hosting theater, dance, music and film events both for the HWS community and the wider residents of Geneva and beyond.

Located on 195 acres in the heart of New York State's Finger Lakes Region in Geneva, N.Y., Hobart and William Smith are independent liberal arts colleges providing highly individualized educations. GUND partnered with the Colleges to design the new Performing Arts Center that builds upon the Colleges' exploratory and rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum. The Colleges recognize participation in the performing arts disciplines fosters development of creative thinking, vision, insight, discipline, collaboration, and innovation - skills integral to today's global economy.

In addition to serving the campus community, the Center is a vibrant cultural destination for the greater region. Identified as one of four transformational priority projects for funding in the category of tourism and arts by the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, the Performing Arts Center is expected to "strengthen the region's quality of life, draw more visitors to Finger Lakes cultural and recreational attractions, and expand local business activity." In December 2013 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo awarded the Colleges with $1 million in Empire State Development Grant funds to help construct the 55,000 square-foot Performing Arts Center. Additional information about the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Performing Arts Building can be found here.

 Meng Howe Lim, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is a key leader in the HWS Performing Arts project. Contact Meng Howe for more information.

The new Horvitz Hall Studio Arts Building at Kenyon College brings art into the academic core to inspire creative exploration and learning by doing and was recognized with a 2013 AIA New England Design Award.
The new Horvitz Hall Studio Arts project grew out of a larger campus master planning effort to bringing art into the center of campus. Previously Kenyon’s arts programs were located on the periphery of campus in several different buildings. The central location of Horvitz Hall establishes a new arts district with the nearby Gund Gallery and Music Building, and makes it easier for students to take arts classes. The location also makes it easier for professors from different disciplines to collaborate with each other.
Located in the historic campus core, the new building forms an arts district with the adjacent Gallery and nearby Music Building.
Situated on a hillside, the building is defined by three north-facing window bays that provide indirect light into the studios and labs. Popular among Kenyon students and faculty alike, the even quality of northern light is ideal for art-making.

Recently recognized by AIA New England with a 2013 Merit Award for Design Excellence, the design award jury stated:"The jury very much appreciated the clean, modern building, which is well incorporated into a traditional campus. The spaces encourage creative collaboration, and represent to the highest values of a liberal arts campus."
North-facing window bays provide ideal indirect natural light for the studios.
Studios are utilitarian, loft-like spaces with polished concrete floors and state-of-the-art equipment. In addition to the ample natural light, all studios have state-of-the-art lighting fixtures with comprehensive user controls to create optimal environments. Specialized safety and ventilation equipment is provided throughout the building to allow students to safely explore the creative programs.

Read more about the new LEED Silver-certified Horvitz Hall Studio Arts Building at Kenyon College.
David Zenk, AIA, LEED AP BD+C oversaw the project and Scott Westerbeke, LEED AP BD+C served as project manager during construction. Contact David or Scott for more information.

GUND Partnership celebrates the completion of Duke Hall, home of the School of Art, Design and Art History at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., that creates an entirely new arts environment for the JMU community.

Previously a classroom and performing arts building, GUND Partnership designed the comprehensive renovation of Duke Hall that is transforming the c. 1967 building into a state-of-the-art facility for studio arts. Centrally located on campus, the new and improved home to James Madison University's School of Art and Art History seeks to increase participation in the arts.

Designing safe learning environments that inspire creative exploration was central to GUND's approach. All studios feature proper safety features and ventilation equipment that filter particles. The JMU community looks forward to taking advantage of the new facilities in the Spring 2014 semester. Read more about Duke Hall here and from JMU's The Breeze.

Dan Rutledge, AIA, LEED AP BD+C and Yoo Jin Chung, LEED AP BD+C were key project leaders. Please contact Dan or Yoo Jin for more information.


The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) with the American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education (AIA-CAE) honored the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College with a 2013 Excellence in Architecture Merit Award.

Housing a public gallery and academic facilities for the art history department, the Gund Gallery opened in 2011 and is part of a larger campus planning initiative to increase visibility and participation in the arts. The building acts as a magnet for students and community members alike and creates new forum for learning through art and visual culture.

The Gund Gallery is a new beacon for the arts in the heart of campus.

Located directly on Middle Path, within the historic campus core, the Gallery brings art into the forefront of campus life. The exterior is clad in a locally-quarried sandstone veneer and zinc paneling, with a glass entry lobby encased in terracotta baguettes. The LEED Silver certified building utilizes a geothermal system for heating and cooling and sophisticated climate controls appropriate for the museum quality facilities.

The 6,200 square-foot gallery is a flexible space with north facing skylights and wall partitions that support a variety of exhibit formats.

Creative programming enriches the student experience and forges new academic links with the Kenyon curriculum. Supporting a variety of exhibit formats, the 6,200-square-foot space features flexible partitions and north-facing skylights with controllable aluminum louvers. Read more about the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College.

Graham Gund, FAIA, LEED AP, a Kenyon College graduate, led the design, David Zenk, AIA, LEED AP BD+C was Project Manager and Scott Westerbeke, LEED AP BD+C was the Project Architect. Contact Graham, David, or Scott for more information.