University of Virginia
The South Lawn complex houses the Colleges of History, Religion and Politics. The design is careful to harmonize with the architectural themes that Thomas Jefferson established for the campus; another formative aspect of the design was Jefferson’s vision that students and professors should interact both inside and outside the college.
Our design of the buildings and grounds embraces the University’s history, and the history of the freed slave “Canada” neighborhood to the east by preserving the historic Foster Homestead burial site directly adjacent to the building. The design extends the south lawn over an existing road so that the new college buildings could be connected to the rest of the campus. Ground level entrances appear on three sides of the central pavilion, leading directly to the auditorium and conservatory lounge. Academic departments have entrances off the multi-level conservatory itself, with an additional ground level entrance from Jefferson Park Avenue for the History wing.
The project is currently seeking LEED Certification, with a target level of Gold. Special features include on-site stormwater management and bio-retention water circuit system, day-lighting of major interior spaces, natural ventilation, and vegetated roofs.
glaserworks was selected as the associate architect and to act as the local architect by MRY Architect, the lead design firm. We were responsible for producing the project document sets, for coordinating consultants, and for handling construction administration.