Arts and cultural centers bring communities together to educate, showcase and inspire new forms of dialogue and interaction and are some of the most significant venues of a region. GUND is at the vanguard of planning and design for arts and cultural centers — from galleries and fine arts facilities to performing arts theatres for music, dance and experimental productions. We bring a comprehensive knowledge of the functional requirements and planning and design opportunities for these important community destinations.


Columbus Metropolitan Library’s historic Carnegie-funded Main Library has been transformed into a beautiful, renewed landmark that mixes the best of the old and the new. 

The Main Library of the Columbus Metropolitan Library features a sun-washed central space that preserves much of the rear façade of the original library and its Beaux-Arts details, juxtaposed against a modern intervention of the glass curtain wall. Furthermore, the renovation restores the significance of the Front Lawn and creates a physical connection through the library from west to east that opens on to Topiary Park – the result is to create a library-in-a-park. The actual footprint of the library remains the same, but the change is transformational.

David Zenk, AIA, LEED AP BD+C and Christine Verbitzki, AIA, LEED AP BD+C were key figures overseeing the Columbus Metropolitan Library Renovation. Contact David or Christine for more information.

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.
Marissa Desmond, AIA worked on the Hobart and William Smith Performing Arts project. Contact Marissa for more info.
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.

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.

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 GrahamDavid, or Scott for more information.