The University of Illinois School of Art + Design prepares artists, designers, historians, and educators to make a difference in broad areas of culture, scholarship, and professional practice.
Spread across thirteen locations, the School charged the design team with studying the pedagogical, spatial, and financial opportunities a cohesive building could provide.
At the edge of a new “Design Quad”, the expanded Art + Design building unites the Krannert Art Museum, Link Gallery, and Siebel Center for Design to form a nexus of creativity and innovation. This new hub is positioned to become a life-long-gateway to the arts; a goal of the College and School. Studio and laboratory space fills present and projected needs while forging new partnerships with the Champaign-Urbana Fabrication Lab and the Krannert Art Museum’s Education Department.
The selected scheme focuses on the creation of a singular building that shrouds the existing Art + Design complex in a series of classrooms, laboratories, offices, collaboration spaces, and a courtyard. A stitch between Krannert Art Museum and the academic building is re-visioned as the “Commons”; a transformable space for events, lectures, exhibits, and the Fabrication Lab.