Alex Daugherty | April 29, 2018
Notre Dame’s School of Architecture is known for being one of the few architecture schools in the country that teaches a classical style of architecture. When the School of Architecture leaves its current home in Bond Hall and moves into the Matthew and Joyce Walsh Family Hall, the institution will move into a building designed to reflect this style.
Michael Lykoudis, dean of the School of Architecture, said the faculty felt it was important that the School of Architecture’s physical home reflected its academic program.
“The school’s faculty believes that traditional and classical architecture and urbanism are essential to the dialogue in contemporary architecture,” he said. “If we talk the talk, we should walk the walk. Realizing a building such as the one we are constructing is part of the validation of the philosophical direction.”
Walsh Family Hall will provide updated facilities and technologies that Bond Hall, which was originally designed to serve as the University’s library, does not offer. The new building will boast larger studios to increase interaction between classes, improved display areas for student work, an expanded library, a digital studio with upgraded technology, a historic preservation workshop, a larger auditorium and its basement will serve as the home of one of the University’s three geothermal plants. Neo-traditional architect Leon Krier has also donated his archives to the School’s library, and a specially crafted staircase to complete a stoa is currently being designed in France. A Hall of Casts will serve as both a place for teaching and a museum.
While the new hall will not have Bond Hall’s lakeside views or its famous red carpet, its location will bring the School of Architecture closer to other major buildings and the South Bend community as a whole, professor Philip Bess said.