The New Building is the occasion for moving the College of Design from regional to national prominence. The College has waited 50 years for a building opportunity that allows for growth and diversity of programs. The building will be a nimble, interactive artifact that teaches students about architecture, interiors, historic preservation, landscape, urban design, and product design. The open volume of Reynolds will provide a multidimensional, cross-disciplinary education and a preparation for real-world issues, global, national and within Kentucky. While studio culture remains the foundation of design education, the decentralization of technology and fabrication is changing the boundaries and utility of studio. Reynolds will bend and adapt to the necessary evolution of both studio and fabrication.
Preservation is part of our DNA. From our master’s program to the osmosis into all areas of design, historic preservation serves as a mainstay of our pedagogy. We embrace the idea that the Reynolds Building can become one of the most significant preservation and adaptive reuse projects on campus and in the Commonwealth — a working model of preservation that translates to a formidable teaching moment for our students. With its storied past and substantial physical space, Reynolds can become a flagship building that not only champions adaptive reuse but will serve as a venue for greater faculty research, public symposia and an exemplary champion of Lexington’s historic preservation efforts.
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Jeanne Gang, FAIA, and founding principal of Studio Gang, shared the current state of the new College of Design building during a public webinar on Feb. 3, 2021.
Dean Mitzi Vernon chats with Carl Nathe about the new College of Design building project during “UK at the Half” on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021.
After reviewing 29 applicants and narrowing the field to six finalists, the UK College of Design is honored to announce that Studio Gang has been selected as the National Architect for the Reynolds Building project.
Studio Gang founding principal and MacArthur Fellow, Jeanne Gang, FAIA, Int. FRIBA, brings a span of qualifications to this project. She was the only architect named as one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2019. Her distinguished honors only highlight her dedication to sustainability, environmentalism, urban sensitivity, and diversity, as evidenced by the diversity in her practice and her pay equity pledge. Gang was last year’s recipient of the UK College of Design Brown-Forman Visiting Chair Endowment, and co-taught Studio Louisville with Professor David Biagi, a satellite studio that engaged members of the Portland neighborhood of West Louisville to explore how architecture and urban design reflect and foster community identity, health, and resiliency.
Before and after interior views of the Beloit College Powerhouse in Beloit, WI. Studio Gang reimagined the former coal-burning power plant as a student union centered on recreation and wellness. Courtesy Studio GangStudio Gang
K. Norman Berry Associates Architects brings with it a strong track record in historic preservation and adaptive reuse projects, as well as extensive experience working with major firms on large projects. The firm has been recognized with numerous awards including an AIA National Design Award, six AIA Kentucky Design Awards and seven Preservation Awards.
“I believe that the most important opportunity that the Reynolds Building affords the College is to showcase how a historic building can change and be updated to ‘modern’ programmatic needs, while retaining its essential character as a utilitarian warehouse space as originally designed. The bones of the building can be treated as a historic restoration project while reflecting the educational and pedagogical direction of the College of Design as it trains future generations of designers,” said Bob Haffermann, AIA, LEED AP, Managing Principal at K. Norman Berry.
KNBA led the project team in the complete exterior and interior renovation of the Fayette County Courthouse, one of the most prominent and architecturally significant landmarks in downtown Lexington.K. Norman Berry Associates Architects