Carole Weinstein International Center
University of Richmond,
THE UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND campus is distinguished by its Gothic Revival architecture, including several early buildings by noted nineteenth century architect Ralph Adams Cram. Recently named by Newsweek magazine as the “hottest school for International Studies,” the University required a new structure to house the International Studies Program and related fields of study. Glavé & Holmes Architecture (G&HA) was commissioned to design this 56,194-square-foot academic facility, which sits prominently near the east entrance of the University’s idyllic campus, and is one of the first buildings seen by visitors.
The inspiration for the design came from the academic mission the building will serve and its surrounding physical context. A courtyard building type was chosen as the basis for the design because of the prevalence of courtyards throughout most cultures and time periods. Loggias with iconographic medallions mark the primary north and south entries and are articulated in the Neo-Gothic architectural language established for the campus. Enhancing the central courtyard is a globe-inspired fountain and intricate stone mandala comprised of stones from 50 countries around the world. An amphitheater with teaching wall anchors the north-south axis and provides outdoor classroom space.
An internationally themed café adjoins the Multipurpose Room, which opens to the central courtyard and to the campus beyond. The project has achieved LEED Gold certification.