DePaul University / Theater School


Location: Chicago, Illinois

Size: 208,000 SF/New Construction
Program Features:
Show-Box Theater, Black-Box Hall, Theater School Classrooms, Scene Shop, Rehearsal Space, Performer Dressing Rooms, Green Room, Public Break-Out Space
Sustainable Features:
High efficiency systems, green roof, use of indigenous materials

The competition explored design solutions that created a memorable destination for the Theatre School while also serving as the new face of DePaul University at Fullerton & Racine Streets.  The goal was to create a character that embraced the creative culture and history of the Theatre School while maximizing the urban design potential on the Lincoln Park campus.

Arrangement of program elements was considered in an invited competition format. Architectural expression was judged on the basis of reestablishing a unique, yet contextual external vision for DePaul, as well as a functional response to the student life activities that would be expected on a daily basis. The result is a highly efficient composition of spaces that would perform well in the recruitment of new students and patronage, alike.