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Knight Hall Opening

January 25, 2010


Knight Hall Video Tour

Knight Hall, the new home of the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland in College Park, will help position students and faculty for the dramatic changes at hand in the profession.  With the rapidly changing science and technology of journalism, the delivery and consumption of post-secondary education are likewise evolving.  This evolution has a direct impact on facility planning and design.


§        Multi-media + Connectivity:  Students expect ubiquitous connectivity via all varieties of media, and come to their first class with advanced technological competence.

§        Social Learning + Experiential Learning:  Interaction and engagement outside of the classroom are becoming imbedded in College curricula.  Learning happens everywhere and students need spaces for informal interactions with classmates and faculty, as well as opportunities to explore and practice “real world” applications.

§        Sustainability + Brand: Colleges are competing for students and resources as well as support from alumni, governing bodies, and the business community.  Facilities designed to impact learning directly, support stewardship of the environment, and create inspiring physical places that reflect the College mission will enhance the appeal of the College for generations to come.


Knight Hall is designed to catalyze student interaction and engagement by providing access to all varieties of media in all varieties of learning environments—from the informal public spaces indoors and out, to the classrooms and studios designed specifically for journalism education.  The News Bubble is a 24/7 multi-media lab that that supports students’ experimentation with all forms of media.  The Broadcast Theater will house lectures, seminars and panel discussions offering full audio-visual capabilities as well as two-way communication with UMTV, the campus cable network.  The Great Hall is the building’s public square, designed as a pathway and a gathering place that connects the building’s internal functions with the site and surroundings.


The Phillip Merrill College of Journalism has long engaged active practitioners with the program not only among faculty but via connections to the community and industry, facilitating student internships, co-op experiences and service learning.  Knight Hall takes this commitment further by housing several professional outreach centers right inside the building.  The daily presence of award-winning, working journalists is a kind of industry “externship,” keeping the program updated and refreshed and enhancing opportunities for interaction and collaboration among students, faculty and practitioners. 


Tom Kunkel, former Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, charged G+P to design a building “of its time and place.”  The building honors the campus master plan and respects the context but with contemporary forms, transparency, and light-filled openness.  Sustainability is a hallmark of this time and place—an entire generation of students demand it.  This will be the first LEED project on the campus, pursuing Gold-level Certification and standing as a vanguard building that reflects UMCP’s commitment to environmental stewardship. 

Read more:
"Dawn of a New Age" - TERP Magazine
"A New Journalism Building for a New Age" - Diamondback Online
"Journalism Building Opens, Geared to Digital Age" - Between the Columns
"A New Look: Knight Hall" - YouTube (Diamondback Online)