Performing Arts and Humanities Building, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Baltimore, MD Completed 2013
Project Highlights
  • 176,000 sf
  • New Construction
  • LEED Gold Certified
  • In association with William Rawn Associates
  • 2014 Design Excellence Award, Baltimore AIA
  • 2014 Honor Award, Potomac Valley AIA
  • 2013 Excellence in Concrete Award, Maryland Chapter of American Concrete Institute
  • 2012 Craftmanship Award, Building Congress & Exchange
  • 2015 Brick in Architecture Award
  • 2014 ULI Baltimore Wavemaker Award

Creating artists.

Providing a focal point for the University of Maryland’s Baltimore County Honors College campus, the Performing Arts and Humanities Building reflects the school’s commitment to interdisciplinary interaction, as well as excellence in individual specialties. The facility enhances UMBC’s teaching, research and public outreach, and heightens the visibility of the arts and humanities as major components of campus and community life.

The PAHB houses numerous state-of-the-art venues, including a Proscenium Theatre, Black Box, Concert Hall, Dance Studio, Scene Shop, and many other studios and rehearsal spaces. Academic areas include informal learning environments, lecture spaces, flexible classrooms, and administrative areas. Throughout the building, emphasis is placed on defining each department’s unique space while encouraging interdisciplinary thought and discussion through break-out space and seminar rooms.

Distinct visual identity of the Humanities and Arts programs is achieved through composition, material selection, and form. The brick Humanities volume serves as the building’s connecting spine, organizing the organic, stainless steel, metal-clad Performing Arts venues. The Concert Hall and Proscenium Theater flank either end of the Humanities corridor, their curves designed to welcome visitors and provide community gathering points. The all-glass Dance Studio, adjacent to the Concert Hall, cantilevers over the second floor entrance, serving as a marquee to showcase the dance department.