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Doyle Hall / Specht Harpman

  • Architects: Specht Harpman
  • Location: St. Edward's University, 3001 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704, USA
  • Project Team: Scott Specht, Louise Harpman, Sarah Gamble, Erica Quinones, Brett Wolfe
  • Mep Engineering: Energy Engineering Associates
  • Structural Engineering: Architectural Engineers Collaborative
  • Civil Engineering: Urban Design Group
  • Landscape Architecture: Sasaki Associates, Inc. in association with RVI Inc.
  • Contractor: VRW Construction Company
  • Area: 33250.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Taggart Sorensen

© Taggart Sorensen © Taggart Sorensen © Taggart Sorensen © Taggart Sorensen

From the architect. The Doyle Hall renovation and the New Classroom Addition create a campus courtyard, which is activated by the presence of a centuries-old live oak tree, a new cafe, and a year-round mix of student and faculty spaces.

© Taggart Sorensen
© Taggart Sorensen

The New Classroom Addition takes cues from the existing 1950's building with its exposed concrete structural bays and straightforward infill panels. The New Classroom Addition creates a physical and visual link between the two existing buildings and brings students into the heart of the courtyard, "embraced" by the two parallel wings of faculty offices. The architectural strategy was to restructure the space by deploying a "stealth architecture" that does not call attention to itself, but works as a fabric binding the existing elements together and allowing them to be seen and used in a completely new way.

© Taggart Sorensen
© Taggart Sorensen

The architectural solution thoughtfully mixes old with new, enhances the existing buildings, and engages the landscape, while providing a place of learning, study and fellowship to all students and faculty.

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