The building’s east facade opens to an arts courtyard.
The new Studio Arts Building contributes to a new campus arts district with the nearby Music and Performing Arts buildings.
Program adjacencies were determined to provide operational efficiencies.
Floor plans
Studio Arts Building, Bucknell University
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
In the fall of 2008, Bucknell University embarked on a master planning process targeted at academic needs and priorities on several fronts. This effort identified multiple campus-wide initiatives including the development of a new Arts District. GUND led a four-month planning study consisting of programming, pre-design, and schematic design services focused on consolidating various campus-wide arts facilities into one cohesive, interdisciplinary arts center.

The new building has been conceived as a series of three wings and a central gathering space, grouped together to address programmatic or pragmatic concerns and to respond to the unique scale and qualities of the Bucknell historic campus fabric. The north wing is the most public elements of the program, gallery, classrooms and lecture, located in proximity to the core campus and directly off the hearth space. The Academic Hearth is the glassy entry to the whole arts complex and the main gathering space between all the program entities, including the Center for Interdisciplinary Arts on the second floor. The building’s west facade responds to Bucknell’s traditional red-brick campus context while the internal courtyard on the east facade incorporates more contemporary expressions.


Master Plan 2009


46,300 SF


Rendering by GUND Partnership