UCD Art School


UCD Art School

The University of Colorado Denver campus required a new School of Art building. The design of the studio spaces needed to facilitate flexibility for the school to adjust to the ever changing demands of the curriculum and technology. An auditorium for the school’s lecture series, visiting lecturers, and large classes that seated 300 students in theater type seating with optimum sight lines for lectures in any form of media was a requirement. Two public jury spaces located along major circulatory routes for formal studio juries and thesis presentations was a must.

Due to the increasing collection of the Denver Museum of Art, a decision was made for a portion of it’s collection to be moved to the UCD School of Art to be on permanent display there. The space for this permanent collection needed to address the light sensitivity of the pieces being displayed. A student gallery was also required to be found at a prominent location or near the main entrance of the school. This gallery is for the works of the students and faculty.

The school must also include a cafe, lecture hall, 4 classrooms, a computer lab, woodshop, library, and administrative and faculty offices.

The design layout was separated into Ls. The lower L home to the more public aspects of the design such as the galleries and administrative offices while the upper L houses the art school. An open air courtyard space was created in the hollow of the two Ls which would be perfect for outdoor lounging in the warmer months.