New Haven, Connecticut

Yale University
Humanities Quadrangle

Our adaptive reuse and expansion of a 1932 campus landmark building to become Yale’s Humanities Quadrangle, centralizes fifteen academic departments in one location to create greater opportunities for inter-departmental learning and research.

A comprehensive preservation framework assessed historic spaces throughout the existing building identifying those to be restored and those that could welcome change. The building’s Collegiate Gothic façade and roofs were rehabilitated while inside, decorative ceilings, carved limestone, wood paneling and doors, light fixtures, leaded glass windows, and 300 art-glass window medallions were restored.

Working with stakeholders campus-wide throughout programming and design, entry and wayfinding were reconsidered, to open the closed, complex building to the campus. Clusters of faculty offices, collaborative classrooms, and breakout spaces were created around the building’s two interior courtyards. To accommodate larger programmatic needs not achievable within the existing building footprint, one of the courtyards was excavated to create an underground 280-seat lecture hall and 100-seat film screening room, expanding the building without enlarging its footprint.

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Yale University
Completed 2021, LEED Gold
Project Size
Renovation | 195,000 GSF
New Construction | 13,000 GSF
Lecture, Classroom, Film Screening, Office, Café
AIA Connecticut Design Award, Excellence
AGC Build CT Award
SCUP Excellence in Planning Merit Award
“Through its architecture, the Quadrangle reaffirms Yale’s commitment to humanistic inquiry and conversation.”
— Tamar Gendler, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Vincent J. Scully Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science

Our Process

Ann Beha Architects, now Annum Architects
Project Team
Ann Beha FAIA, Jonathan Ross AIA, Andrew P. Bengtson AIA, Diane Choih AIA, Amber Freedman AIA, Emily Bell AIA, Rita Terjeki AIA, Ji-Hye Ham AIA, John Turnbull (ABA/Annum); Robert Silman Associates (Structural Engineers): AKF Group (MEP / FP / Security / IT); Towers Golde (Landscape); Fuss & O’Neill (Civil); Jensen Hughes (Code); Acentech (Acoustics / AV); Boston Light & Sound (Cinema Consultant); Existing Conditions Surveys, Inc. (Existing Conditions); Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (Envelope – New Construction); Durkee, Brown, Viveiros & Werenfels (Envelope – Existing Building); ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions (Hardware); Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting (Lighting); VDA (Elevator); The Green Engineer (Sustainability); Kalin Associates (Specifications); Haley & Aldrich (Geotechnical); Skanska USA (Construction Management); Peter Vanderwarker (Photographer)