Northwestern University Kresge Centennial Hall Renovation

The project involves the complete renovation and expansion of Kresge Centennial Hall on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus. As home to the humanities at Northwestern, we were challenged not only to provide sorely needed updated facilities for the 20 plus departments that call Kresge Hall home, but to create a dynamic environment that could change and evolve with the latest innovations in teaching and research.

LVDA started with a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the many stakeholder’s space, program and adjacency requirements. The outcome of this collaborative effort has produced a design that ties the complex together into a single, visually and organizationally coherent structure. The project improves and clarifies building organization and department identities while introducing social spaces and contemporary technology specific to art and humanities education.

The most exciting aspect of the Kresge Hall expansion was the opportunity to collaborate with the University to investigate and define state-of-the-art teaching facilities for the Humanities in a manner comparable to the innovations more frequently seen today in STEM education.